Hats Off to the Fourth of July!June 23, 2014 by Carrie Miller
Every year on the Fourth of July, Americans observe Independence Day. Intended to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, this day is about so much more—freedom, friends, family, and the pursuit of happiness, just to start. The varied celebrations and traditions in cities and regions across the nation represent our multicultural heritage, but common threads unite each one. This month, Military Service Company is featuring some of the nation’s most patriotic festivities.
Birthplace of Freedom
In Philadelphia, the birthplace of our independence, Fourth of July festivities begin on June 28 and last through July 8. Like many large cities, it holds a fireworks show, parades, public concerts, and food festivals. But what makes Philly’s celebration special is the public recitation of the Declaration of Independence outside Independence Hall—the original site of its signing in 1776.
The Cradle of Liberty
Boston is a city steeped in history, where Independence Day celebrations bring the past into the present. Distinctive to Boston is the Harborfest on Boston Harbor. Guests can tour the Freedom Trail and famous landmarks, participate in a scavenger hunt, or watch historic reenactments. The city’s most anticipated and well-known event is the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.
A Very Patriotic Party
What better place to celebrate America’s independence than our nation’s capital! Washington, D.C. goes all out to prepare the city for a big birthday bash. Festivities include the National Independence Day Parade, events at The National Archives and on The National Mall, and the famous fireworks and orchestral concert, A Capitol Fourth. Visitors can round out the holiday with America’s favorite pastime at a Washington Nationals baseball game.
Empire City Spectacular
New York City does July Fourth in style. Every year, crowds flock to the Macy’s fireworks show. As some of the biggest names in entertainment perform, an explosion of color fills the night sky above the Brooklyn Bridge. A little more decadent than dazzling, but still very American, is Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship.
America’s Oldest Celebration
America’s oldest continuous Independence Day celebration takes place in Bristol, Rhode Island. Since 1785, this town has commemorated July Fourth with a variety of public events such as a military, civic, and fireman’s parade; concert series; drum corps show; firefighters’ muster; the Fourth of July Ball; and fireworks display. Many residents keep the Independence Day spirit alive year-round with a patriotic license plate.
The Nation’s Biggest Birthday Bash
Touted as “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,” St. Louis holds a series of Fourth of July events on the same grounds as the 1904 World’s Fair. The party includes concerts featuring some of the music industry’s biggest stars, plus a huge fireworks show. The three-day celebration also includes a family fun run, a water-ski show, and performances by the 135th Army Band.
From Westerns to WWII dramas, perhaps nothing has captured the American story better than Hollywood films. That’s why the Hollywood Bowl is a perfect Fourth of July destination. Each year, the show features fireworks and performances by renowned musicians. A favorite tradition for locals and visitors is picnicking in the surrounding hills before the show.
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