Sunday, July 4, 2010

How to Celebrate Independence Day

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The United States Independence Day (also known as the Fourth of July because that's the day it is celebrated) is a holiday that celebrates the separation of the United States from Great Britain, and the United State's declaration of independence. Traditionally, many people celebrate this day with picnics, parades, and fireworks.


  1. Hang a United States flag from your house roof, car, or your work building. Look for other places to display the flag, such as on your bike or scooter, a string of flags (bunting) for a party in your yard or local park, or a large flag hanging from a window.

  2. Dress up patriotically. Some citizens choose to wear clothes that have the U.S. flag design on them, or choose to wear the red, white and blue. You can have a lot of fun trying to look as patriotic as possible using just these colors.

  3. Show your support by watching a local 4th of July parade in your community or city. Be sure to wear a hat, apply sunscreen and bring your own water, so that you're comfortable all day.
    • Get into the parade spirit by waving back at the participants or clapping as U.S. veterans pass by.
    • It's a good idea to bring a folding chair or blanket if there is a seating area.

  4. Enjoy a barbecue or picnic with family or friends. Get together around at least 1 pm or so to spend the afternoon together. Traditionally, 4th of July food consists of:

  5. Get active. Both on the fourth of July and the days around it, there will be a number of festivities, fireworks displays, and other fun you can join in depending on where you live. It's best to check your local municipality's website, or the site of event organizers for exact details. And here are some ways to get involved in the celebrations if you live near or can visit these places:
    • If you're in Boston, there are six days of celebrations: Take a hike along Boston's Freedom Trail, watch the annual turning of the USS Constitution, attend Chowderfest, watch the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old State House, and enjoy the annual Boston Harborfest.[1]
    • If you're in Philadelphia, festivities last for around a week. Visit the Liberty Bell, see the historic sites in Independence Mall, and enjoy the 4th of July parade and fireworks.
    • If you're in Washington D.C., watch the National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue and enjoy the fireworks displays above Washington Monument.
    • Visit Valley Forge.
    • If you're able to visit Mount Rushmore, this is a great place to celebrate - see the fireworks and other commemorative events. Check the official website for details.
    • If you're in San Diego, head for Mission and Pacific beaches and watch the fireworks after dark.

  6. Make crafts for Independence Day. If you have children, it's an ideal time to make crafts together to celebrate the day.

  7. Pop fireworks or attend a fireworks show provided by the city at night. Most cities and towns provide a fireworks display of some kind. Check the information site of your city or municipality for details.
    • Check your local regulations for popping your own fireworks. Most states have laws against fireworks for personal use depending on the type or size. Some states also have laws pertaining to the time range individual citizens are allowed to pop fireworks; for example, most states require a cessation of firework popping by midnight or 1 am.
    • If you're a keen photographer, here are some tips on photographing fireworks.



  • Independence or 4th of July is considered a federal holiday. This means federal employees will get their normal pay rate, in addition to holiday pay. Private banks, all schools, most summer camps, and non-federal businesses and offices are closed for this day.
  • If you are using public areas, such as parks or beaches, always remember to clean up after yourselves.

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