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Celebrating Independence Day in the United States

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Celebrating Independence Day in the United States

story by: Mike Williams

Americans are a patriotic people, but things get kicked up a notch on the day dedicated to celebrating their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and the birth of their nation. The ‘Fourth of July Weekend’ is a fantastic time to be in the United States. If an escape from winter to the height of summer wasn’t enough, then there’s also the chance to experience a fun and unique phenomenon of Western culture.
 
Americans have spent hundreds of years perfecting the art of fireworks shows, barbequing, carnivals and parades – and it’s all on display across the whole country around the Fourth of July. If you know people in the United States, then try and tag along to a family Independence Day barbeque. There’ll probably be burgers and hotdogs on the ‘grill’, creative salads and plenty red, white and blue desserts. Some families really go all out on the day with great food, lots of decorations and fun activities for the kids.

Most big cities have phenomenal concerts, fireworks displays, re-enactments and parades. Boston, a pivotal city in the fight for independence, uses a week-long ‘Harborfest’, boasting over 200 activities, to showcase both its rich colonial and maritime history, as well as exciting entertainment. As you may have heard, everything is bigger in Texas. Well, Fourth of July celebrations are no exception. Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston plays hosts to ‘Freedom Over Texas’ and features massive fireworks displays, activities for kids and loads of musical entertainment, this year headlined by Sheryl Crow. To fully embrace Americana, check out the festivities in Washington D.C. and see the National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue.

Small town USA also knows how to throw a party. Bristol, Rhode Island claims ‘America's oldest 4th of July celebration’, approaching nearly 230 consecutive years. Keen to get an early start? Allegan, Michigan kicks things off with a ‘July 3 Jubilee’. Locals and visitors enjoy a day full of, not just sports games, talent competitions and live music, but also an ox roast and BBQ, tractor rides and a Chinese lantern launch. In the evening head down to the Kalamazoo River for fireworks.  Arguably the most scenic Independence Day celebration takes place in Telluride, Colorado. Indulge in a pie-eating contest and watch patriotic performances, all against the stunning backdrop of the San Juan Mountains.

No matter where in the States you decide to visit, you can’t help but have fun on Independence Day, so grab some red, white and blue attire, ideally with a loose fitting waistband, and join in the celebrations!

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