It’s All About Freedom, Hot Dogs and Fireworks!

The 4th of July stands out as one of the most widely celebrated and popular holidays  in America . . . and, why shouldn’t we mark this as a very special occasion; after all, it’s our Nation’s birthday – the day we declared our INDEPENDENCE!

This year we are a young 234 years of age.  What will you be doing, and where will you be going for the 4th of July?  If you have Georgia on your mind, perhaps you’ll join thousands of dedicated Peachtree Road Race runners for this popular marathon that began in 1970, or maybe you and your family have kept up the tradition of watching the 4th of July parade in Bristol, Rhode Island, which has taken place since 1785!

Nathans Hot Dog Stand, Day Shot at Coney Island - Flickr photo by tonythemisfit

For all you hot dog lovers out there; are you on your way to Coney Island to ‘pig’ out on Nathans hot dogs?  This contest started way back in 1916. 

If you’re not into pounding the pavement or stretching your neck to get the best view at your local 4th of July parade, then perhaps seeing bombs bursting in air, and a kaleidoscope of colors brightening a dark night as a fountain of sparks turn from yellow to red, to blue and pink, then what you may look forward to most of all is the evening’s fireworks display. 

To help you out, we’ve include some of the top 10 biggest and best fireworks displays in the country, beginning with #1, the annual Macy’s 4th of July extravaganza in New York City.  How about fireworks and a little class?  That’s what you’ll get at the Pops Concert in Boston, definitely deserving of #2; and, now in its 19th year is the WaMu Family 4th of July celebration, taking place in Seattle, Washington.  Even though it comes in at #6, Time Magazine dubbed it one of the best five fireworks displays in the country.  By the way, this event was almost cancelled for 2010 due to a budget shortfall, but the people of Seattle raised over $500k to save this much anticipated annual tradition.

Vintage postcard/poster - 4th of July Parade - Flickr photo by Evelyn Saenz

 

Although it may not be ranked up there at the top, the Greeley, Colorado “Rocky Mountain Stampede” and 4th of July fireworks has been attracting folks from all over Colorado and other nearby states for 85 years.   Or, you may want to take the recommendation of CNN and USA Today and head for Edmond, Oklahoma for a week-long birthday celebration, including a car show, synchronized and lighted kite festival, road rally, parade and spectacular fireworks show after an evening concert. 

There are so many more celebrations to speak of, but so little space, so check out http://www.fireworksguide.com/ for details on these and many other celebrations in honor of America’s independence.

Uncle Sam & Snoopy. Taken at the 4th of July parade in Lake Forest, California - Flickr photo by tinyfroglet

Have a safe, happy and memorable 4th of July no matter where your travels take you, and after a long day of activities we wish you a good night’s sleep.

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2 thoughts on “It’s All About Freedom, Hot Dogs and Fireworks!

  1. I remember going to the airshow at the arch in St. Louis every 4th of July for years. It was always at least 100 degrees outside!
    So many great celebrations in this beautiful country…I will spend the 4th this year on the Oregon Coast.

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