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4th Of July Celebrations!
Published on: July 1, 2014
Will you be in the US for the 4th of July? It’s an experience not to be missed and one well worth planning a trip to the US for!
Independence Day, widely known as the Fourth of July, is a popular federal holiday in the US. It commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4th July 1776 which gave the US independence from the United Kingdom.
Celebrating the 4th of July is a highlight of summer in the US. People barbecue with friends and family, watch fireworks, go to a parade and take part in other fun summer activities.
We’ve short-listed the best places to go in the US to experience the best of the celebrations:
What better place to celebrate July 4th than in the city where the country was born? The Declaration of Independence was adopted here on July 4th 1776. Celebrations are loud and proud! Festivities in Philadelphia run from 5-11pm beginning with a ceremony and readings from the Declaration of Independence.
You’ll be able to see the symbolic tapping of the Liberty Bell, which summoned citizens to hear the first reading of the declaration in 1776. Pay a visit to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for one of the largest free concerts and fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Boston is well known for its impressive celebrations. There is an annual fireworks display which takes place over the Charles River. This is followed by the Boston Pops who providing live musical accompaniment to a pyrotechnic show.
Another popular destination to experience the best of the celebrations is New York. Out on Coney Island, Brooklyn Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest draws thousands of visitors to the Brooklyn beach town. The evening brings the Macy’s Fireworks show which takes place over the Hudson River.
Last but not least is Washington D.C. which always offers a fantastic celebration.
Washington D.C.’s “A Capitol Fourth” starts with a parade on the National Mall, continues with a performance by The National Symphony Orchestra (and plenty of famous invited guests) and finishes with a flourish as the orchestra plays along while the fireworks display lights up the sky over the city’s monuments.