The 4th of July will be here before you know it. Hopefully, you already have some pretty exciting plans for the day on the books.
America’s Biggest Holiday
America’s largest secular holiday is a once-a-year experience that everyone likes to plan something big for. America is certainly no stranger to diversity, and that’s definitely true, when it comes to how different parts of the country celebrate the big occasion.
The reason for the party might be the same across the nation, but the specifics of the way a city like Washington, D.C. marks the occasion can be totally different from how Boston celebrates. And the way the city of Boston throws a party can be a whole different animal from what Philadelphia or New York has in store for its citizens.
The 4th of July is a birthday for a country that thrives on differences from one locale to another. Take a look at some of the 4th of July events going on around the country, and you’ll understand exactly what that means.
The 4th of July Across America
If you could go anywhere in the United States to celebrate the 4th of July, would you consider any of these possibilities:
- Boston, Massachusetts: The site of the legendary Boston Tea Party has a number of exciting activities for the 4th of July. One of the most famous is the city’s Boston Pops fireworks celebration. Entering its 40th year, this is one of the most powerful fireworks displays you’re going to find anywhere.
July 4th celebrations in Boston Photo by sayamindu via Flickr
- Washington D.C.: It makes sense that the nation’s capital would try to outdo them all, and there’s a lot going on for the 4th of July in D.C. that certainly implies they might do just that. America’s National Independence Day Parade is one of the most remarkable parades in the entire world. It’s the kind of thing that should be experienced at least once. If a parade isn’t really your thing, you can check out a 90 minute free concert, “A Capital Fourth”, held on the U.S. Capital’s West Lawn. The concert itself serves as an unforgettable musical backdrop to D.C.’s own fireworks celebration, considered by many to be one of the most powerful shows in the country. You can also stop by the National Mall for the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival.
Washington DC 4th of July Parade Photo by Britt Reints via Flickr
- New York City: A lot of people will call New York City the true heart and soul of America. You can witness the incredible sight of the Hudson River being brought to life with magnificent lights, or go in a completely different direction with Nathan’s famous hot dog eating contest on Coney Island. The wonderful thing about New York on the 4th of July is the sheer variety of activities you can partake in. Enjoy great food and Macy’s fireworks with the 4th of July Dinner Cruise, or learn about New York’s role in the war for independence with the Revolutionary New York walking tour. While you’re at it, why not stop by Fraunces Tavern for their museum, and perhaps a pint of the kind of full-bodied ale the founding fathers enjoyed all those years ago.
Hot Dog Eating Contest Photo by Ethan via Flickr
Celebrate The 4th
Those are just three cities offering a glimpse of how America likes to show off on its birthday. For culture, fireworks, and a great time, you can find something to do just about anywhere. The 4th of July comes but once a year!