Just as you might find an Aussie at the pub playing ‘Two Up’ on Australia Day, Americans have similar traditions and, just like Australia, most involve sun, beer and food.
With the 4th of July holiday upon us, in true American style, it is time for you to get ready for a day of festivities to celebrate American Independence. So, let’s party like it’s 1776 and embrace the most patriotic day of the year!
Check out our guide that will deliver you with endless ideas for what to eat, drink, do, see and wear from sunrise to sunset on this national holiday.
Lucky for you, it’s summer! And what better way to celebrate in summer than light up the BBQ for a good old fashion cookout. Ribs, brats, burgers, steaks, even throw on some corn, to share with your family, friends and neighbours. On the side of your red, blue and white paper plates you’ll find some coleslaw and buckets of ketchup. It’s not American unless it’s dowsed in ketchup. To finish it off, try some delicious ice cream that can be enjoyed on a cone or on the perfect American pie. If you’re not keen on the clean up of a BBQ but are still looking to celebrate with good grub, we’d recommend hitting up a traditional American diner. No matter where you are in the States, every diner will have the classics for you!
Alternatively, visit the 4th of July Lobsterfest – we can guarantee you will not be disappointed. Red, white, lobster and YOU! The Lobsterfest is held in Atlanta and promises a variety of delicious lobster dishes. If you are feeling competitive, Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest is a tradition held every 4th of July at Coney Island and is usually witnessed by over 40,000 spectators. This year will be the contests 100th year and will see two world record holders go head to head! If you’re not hungry enough to participate, head along to watch others attempt to conquer more than 60 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Forget fancy cocktails for this patriotic day and stick to the simple stuff – beer! Make sure you stock up on Budweiser and if you’re to drink anything else, it better be out of a red plastic cup! If you are expecting a bit of company for this patriotic event and want to go the extra mile, red and blue vodka infused jell-o shots with whipped cream on top will go down a treat. Also, we know that you probably don’t want to be restricted drinking at home, so two of the best places to be are Vegas and New Orleans – two of the best cities to drink on the streets and soak up the electric atmosphere. The possibilities are endless.
If you want to drink with a view, our recommendation is to check out the Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar in NYC; CafeArtScience, an institutional pub in Boston; City Winery Nashville, for wine and music; and High Roof Top Lounge Venice Beach. Who doesn’t love a drink with a view.
3. Do Now, there is SO much to do this Independence Day, but one of our favourites is watching the spectacular fireworks. No matter where you are, there will be fireworks. If you’re in NYC, check out the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks that go off over the skyline. Another famous celebration including live music and celebrity appearances is the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – expect a lot of red, blue and white confetti! Also, there are a number of amazing parades around the country that have to be seen to be believed. Bristol, Rhode Island has the oldest 4th of July celebration in the country, dating back to 1785, when a reverend of the First Congregational Church conducted the initial pomp and circumstance. As you might expect, the nation’s capital, Washington DC has a parade to brag about including marching bands, military units, floats, political celebrities, and loads of colonial re-enactors hamming it up. One not to be missed.
No matter where you call home, if you’re in the USA, you need to wear stars and stripes. If head to toe stars and stripes is a bit much for you, break it up with the ultimate American accessory, denim! If you’re keen to up your game and go a little further than the locals, hire/buy a costume that turns you into the Statue of Liberty (DIY: green sheet, crown and torch), Captain America or maybe a Colonial Benjamin Franklin is more your style.
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