Summer is always just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your Independence Day festivities. Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a national holiday in the United States commemorating the anniversary of the country’s independence from Great Britain. Many people traditionally celebrate this day with picnics, parades, and fireworks, and you are welcome to join in on the fun in any way you see fit.
Method 1 Attending National Celebrations
1. The National Independence Day Parade takes place in the nation’s capital. Every year on July 4th, Washington DC hosts a large parade that is open to the public. You’ll see military demonstrations, floats, bands, and more if you go. The parade is usually held at 11:45 a.m.
In the evening, you can also attend a free concert at the Capitol grounds, followed by fireworks; this concert, “A Capitol Fourth,” is broadcast nationally on PBS.
While in Washington, DC, you can see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. You could also go to the Smithsonian Institution or the National Gallery of Art.
2. Check out the festivities in Boston. Boston, as one of the country’s oldest cities with a rich history, usually hosts a large Independence Day celebration. In addition to the fireworks, the Boston Pops Orchestra performs patriotic songs for the audience.
Visit historical sites such as the Old South Meeting House (where Revolutionaries gathered prior to the Boston Tea Party) and the Paul Revere House while in Boston.
3. Historic reenactments can be found in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, you can see historical scenes acted out at Independence Hall. You can also hear the Declaration of Independence read aloud.
While in Philadelphia, go see the Liberty Bell.
4. Take a train to New York City for a spectacular fireworks display. The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York is the largest fireworks display in the country. Plan ahead of time to visit New York and see this spectacular evening display, which will be preceded by performances by guest stars.
Method 2 Joining in Local Celebrations
1. Take in some local fireworks or a parade. Parades and free or low-cost fireworks displays are available in most cities. Look in your local paper or online for information on where to find local displays. There will usually be designated areas to watch both, though the fireworks will most likely be visible from many parts of the city.
Most military bases also have fireworks displays.
2. Attend a concert. Concerts were a staple of early Fourth of July celebrations, and they continue to be so today. Many local orchestras and bands will perform, and well-known rockstars and bands frequently perform on July 4th.
Check with the concert venues in your area to see what events are scheduled. You can also inquire with organisations that may be hosting concerts, such as military bases or your local orchestra. The parks and recreation department may also host some park concerts.
3. Go to a baseball game. Attending a baseball game on July 4th is a popular way to celebrate America’s national pastime. You can watch an MLB game at a ballpark. You can also support a local team, whether it is a minor league team or your child’s little league team. In addition, many games have fireworks afterward on July 4th.
You could also organise your own baseball game at a nearby park.
4. At a community picnic, you can eat. On July 4th, many organisations, including churches, businesses, and military bases, host community picnics and cookouts. Find one in your neighbourhood and join in on the fun. Traditional 4th of July fare will be available, including burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, corn on the cob, baked beans, watermelon, salads, and patriotic desserts.
Dancing, water gun fights, watermelon-seed spitting contests, and food-eating contests will all be part of many events. Get in there and have some fun!
Method 3 Celebrating at Your Home
1. Light a bonfire to commemorate the occasion. While a bonfire or campfire may not appear to be a traditional Independence Day celebration, it was one of the ways the day was commemorated on the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. They also set off fireworks and rang bells.
Clear the area of anything that could catch fire before lighting a bonfire or campfire. To help contain the fire, create a depression in the shape of a circle and surround it with stones. Also, keep a fire extinguisher or water nearby to extinguish any sparks.
Of course, make sure to check your local fire codes. In a backyard, a campfire is unquestionably more practical.
2. Make your own fireworks. Many Americans also buy their own fireworks to set off, despite the fact that most cities have regulations prohibiting large displays and some outright ban fireworks. However, if you live outside of the city limits, creating your own fireworks display and lighting sparklers is a popular 4th of July activity.
Take precautions. Clear out a fire-safe area by removing any flammable materials, such as dead leaves or grass, before shooting fireworks. You can also use water to help keep the area from catching fire.
Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand, and use longer lighting devices (such as a grill lighter or fireplace matches). Read the instructions carefully, and only light one thing at a time (always on the ground). Never lean over anything that is being lit.
Check your local laws before setting off your own fireworks. Depending on the type or size of the fireworks, most states have laws prohibiting their personal use. Some states also have laws governing when it is legal to use fireworks; for example, most states require you to stop using fireworks by midnight or 1 a.m.
Many national firework displays are broadcast on television, so if you don’t want to set off your own fireworks, turn on the TV.
3. Display symbols of American patriotism. Because the day commemorates America’s independence from the United Kingdom, displaying and wearing American symbols is an excellent way to mark the occasion. Fly American flags, dress in red, white, and blue, and paint stars and stripes on the walls.
4. Take some time to do some crafts at home. If you have children (or even if you don’t! ), make some patriotic crafts to commemorate the occasion. On Independence Day, any American-themed craft is fair game, so go for the red, white, and blue.
Make a lapel pin with an American flag.
Make a paperweight from scratch and paint it with patriotic designs and colours.
Create a greeting card with a patriotic theme.
Make a patriotic yarn wreath out of patriotic yarn colours.
Make a glowing star lamp in patriotic colours and display it at your celebration.
5. Organize your own cookout. A cookout with friends and family is a great way to celebrate at home. Make it a potluck to relieve some of your stress, and include some fun games to keep you cool, such as water-gun or water-balloon fights.
Burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ are some traditional Fourth of July foods. Corn on the cob and watermelon slices are always a good choice for finger foods. You could also make foods that are red, white, and blue, such as a strawberry, blueberry, and marshmallow salad. Desserts are an excellent venue for displaying your patriotism. You could make a cake with whipped cream frosting and blueberries and strawberries on top, or you could make cookies with red, white, and blue frosting stripes.
Have someone read the Declaration of Independence at your celebration for added patriotism.
You could also organise your own block party by enlisting the help of your neighbours.
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