Tuesday, June 29, 2010
4th July, time for America’s celebration for their independence from the British. The 4th of July is one of the biggest holidays of the year and is celebrated in all manner of ways. This is the best time to travel to America and to join the celebration and to understand their culture. In New York there are hundreds of events including the famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, a concert in Battery Park, parades and marching bands which is one of the biggest is in Brooklyn, baseball games, picnics and last but not least Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
Every district in New York will be celebrating. For a detailed schedule, contact the official New York State tourism office, I Love New York.
Tel +1 (518) 474 4116
The Fourth of July is a day for family fun. Whether you're taking a trip or looking for fireworks close to home, here's a list of festivities that going to take place in different places in America for those who are already their as a tourist or want to go for a holiday travel.
Philadelphia's annual Independence Day festival celebrates for almost two weeks, starting the last week in June with concerts, food events, and much more, and leading up to a full day of festivities on July 4th.
New York City:
A highlight in NYC is Macy's stupendous Fourth of July Fireworks, set off from several locations from barges on the Hudson River.
•Long Island, NY
Fireworks, parades, festivals, races, more.
•Boston's Fourth of July Harborfest
"America's Biggest Independence Day Party" is a multi-day bash with hundreds of events -- from historic tours to Children's Day to Chowderfest-- and attracts more than 2.5 million visitors. Fourth of July Pops Concert at the Esplanade is a tradition, leading up to fireworks over the Charles River.
Chicago's biggest fireworks spectacle has for more than three decades happened on July 3rd, at Grant Park: over a million people -- with blankets, coolers, picnics -- watch from the lakefront. However, this celebration is canceled for 2010; three smaller fireworks displays will take place at different points along the lakefront. On July 4th, Navy Pier -- which has fireworks all summer - will have a special fireworks display.
•Salem MA - July 4th
Kids Space with dj, activities, crafts; concerts; National Guard flyover; fireworks...
•Baltimore's Fourth of July Celebration
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the place to be: check Calendar for all-day fun, and grand finale fireworks.
•Connecticut Fourth of July Events
Click on Events and select July 4th for parades, fireworks, etc. Mystic Seaport, for ex., has an 1870s Fourth of July.
A giant National Independence Day Parade starts the celebration along Constitution Avenue; in the afternoon, the annual Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife entertains; the National Archives has a Family Day; and in the evening, the National Symphony Orchestra performs while one of the country's largest shows of fireworks lights up the reflecting pool on the National Mall.
•Fourth of July in Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is living history: real-life actors in the streets and in historic houses bring to life the days before the American Revolution. Expect fireworks, and the chance to ask a few questions -- ask Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry, that is.
It's a Stars & Stripes Explosion for July 4th: oceanfront stages with live performances; thousands of visitors; many styles of live music; spectacular fireworks over the ocean.
•Fourth of July in Orlando
Expect great fireworks in this town! Find fireworks and celebrations at Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, Sea World, more.
•July 4th Celebrations in the Southeast
Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia - About's Guide for Southeast for Visitors covers Independence Day celebrations in all these states.
•Texas: Houston July 4th
Festivities and live entertainment in Eleanor Tinsley Park lead up to "the nation's largest land-based fireworks show" (-NYC's fireworks are on a river). Other celebrations, too.
Bring a blanket and picnic basket, for fireworks and music by the Austin Symphony; other venues too.
Celebrate Independence Day New Orleans style: Go 4th on the River is a major bash, with live entertainment followed by the "Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza" on the Mississippi River. Other events, too.
•Top Picks for 4th of July in St. Louis
The Fair St. Louis has a parade that's been rolling for over 130 years, a Family Fun Village, free concerts, and of course fireworks. Other celebrations too in nearby towns.
•Phoenix Independence Day
About's guide for Phoenix suggests great venues for the 4th of July, with picnics, concerts, rides, etc., leading up to the fireworks.
•Los Angeles: 4th of July Festivities
Where to celebrate the 4th of July in and around LA: festivals, fireworks, BBQ's, and more, including events in the Valley and Orange County.
•LA July 4th: Americafest at the Rose Bowl
A standout event for July 4th for families in the LA area: the Rose Bowl stadium, in Pasadena, has a day-long festival with live music, food, entertainment, and "the biggest and best fireworks show in Southern California".
•San Francisco 4th of July
The Fourth of July Celebration takes place at Pier 39, part of the popular tourist complex that includes Fisherman's Wharf, the Cannery, and Ghirardelli Square. Free family fun, bands, street performers, marionettes, face-painting, and (do we need to say it?) fireworks.
•Seattle: Fourth of Jul-Ivars
--this event was discontinued, in 2009 - check for 2010.
Ivars is a big name in Seattle for its seafood restaurants. Some 40 years ago, founder Ivar Haglund was asked to put on a fireworks show for the city. The fireworks have gone off year after year, plus music, kids' activities, food and more.