Happy Birthday ‘Merica!
Independence Day isn’t just one of your favourite childhood movies; it’s also the USA’s birthday. Also known as Fourth of July or July Fourth, it is is up there with the country’s most patriotic public holidays. Celebrated outdoors with family and friends, it’s one of the most exciting times to visit the country no matter what party, picnic or parade you visit. A North American tour with one of Student Flight’s trusty providers is a great way to celebrate Independence Day with friends old and new ‘cos your bookings, transfers and fun times are sorted during this busy time!
July 4th is the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the United States became a nation in 1776. Some of the USA’s most spectacular Independence Day celebrations include: Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks spectacular in Brooklyn, NYC (and subsequent after parties!); marching bands, Miss Fourth of July and stuffed quahogs courtesy of the oldest July 4 parade at Bristol, Rhode Island; old West shootouts, cook-offs and president re-enactors at Mount Rushmore; the Waterfront Festival with oodles of food, fireworks and music overlooking San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge; all-American parade, beach parties and the Hollywood Bowl concert and fireworks; and even a Sci-Fi Fourth of July at Disney in Florida.
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Tips and tricks
July 4th is one of the most popular times for travel and holidays in the United States. Book well in advance, or opt for a tour, to avoid missing out. Student Flights can help you out.
If you’re in NYC; spend the day at Coney Island (attend the International Hot Dog Eating Contest!) before heading to the park under Brooklyn Bridge for Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks from 5-9pm. Pre-book your after party!
One of the country’s best (and the oldest) parades is in the small coastal town of Bristol, Rhode Island, made even better by locals decorating their houses along the route. It’s worth checking out along with the 75,000-plus others who visit. Again, book your transfers and accommodation in advance and head to the parade early for a good position.
In the capital? Head to National Mall and Memorial, Washington DC, for free concerts and fireworks.
Join in on the celebrations – wear blue, red and white or stars and stripes or even a Lady Liberty hat.
Alone? Head to your nearest beach, park, public square or baseball field and join in!