5 fun ways to celebrate Independence Day

July the 4th - the date when the USA gained its independence - is one of the most important dates the USA calendar, with people across the USA, celebrating with patriotic parades, parties and shows, often with a massive fireworks display in the evening. There are events in every city, town and village - here are a few fun ones to try out! 


Key Lime Pie antics

The July 4th festivities start early in Key West, with the playful annual Key Lime Festival. The celebrations inspired by Florida's official pie starts with a contest to see who can drop a Key Lime pie from the top of the Key West lighthouse without damaging it, then continues with pie cocktails, cookery courses, parties, record-breaking pie making and of course a Key Lime Pie eating competition. 



The oldest July 4th parade

For a quintessentially American celebration, go to Bristol, Rhode Island for the USA’s oldest Independence Day parade. The charming historic town  on Narragansett Bay, pulls out all the stops with its elegant houses decorated with flags, and a raft of events including a Fourth of July ball, a Drum Corp show and firework displays over Bristol Harbour.  

Jazz hits and fireworks

Portland kicks off its Independence Day celebrations with the 30th annual Waterfront Blues Festival. This year’s star acts include Chris Isaac, Joss Stone, Big Head Blues Club, JD McPherson. There are festivities all over town, with a breathtaking fireworks display over the river on July 4th. 





Celebrate in America’s Birthplace

When your city is where the country was founded, there’s cause for some serious celebrations! There are tonnes of events taking place over the weekend in Philadelphia, including a show by by the U.S. Army Band, the Philadelphia Block Party around Independence Hall, fireworks displays and free entrance to attractions including the The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Constitution Center. The newly-opened Museum of the American Revolution has a programme of fun activities for families, including historic reenactments, the chance to dress up in Revolutionary-inspired clothing and make patriotic sashes. Plus, each visitor will get a free mini Washington's Standard flag and pocket Declaration of Independence. On July 4th itself, catch the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony, the Independence Day Parade and the exciting Party on the Parkway.

Party in a beer garden

For a quirky alternative to a patriotic parade in Pittsburgh, celebrate Independence Day with a party at the new Biergarten at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Biergarten and resident Chef Wyatt will be hosting an Independence Day party with a ‘Cook-Aht' on July the 4th. This stylish but fun bar in the hotel on Penn Place, has a terrace with fabulous views over the city, and pub games including Jenga, garden chess and a supersized Connect Four, just the place to celebrate with a European beer.

[Key Lime Pie images Credit AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau_Rob ONeal]Posted on: 30/06/2017

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