Independence Day in the US is an experience that you’ll never forget. It’s the perfect time to explore the country, as everyone’s in high spirits and you’ll get a taste of the country’s contagious patriotism that is rife during July. Each state has unique firework displays, food and music that you’ll discover when driving from state to state, so there’s never been a better time to get going!
Where better to spend Independence Day than the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed, back in 1776. Located in the National Archives, this is the document that established America’s independence from Britain, and is one of the most important documents from American history. The streets of DC come alive with parades on 4th July. See marching bands, organised military units and colourful floats snake through the streets of Washington in celebration. As evening falls, fireworks burst over the Washington Monument, illuminating everything in the colours of red, white and blue. A day packed with fun and infectious American patriotism.
New York City
Barges dotted along the Hudson River shoot massive fireworks over Manhattan, in New York, every Independence Day. Huge chunks of the city are closed off to cars, so that visitors can take to the streets and enjoy spectacular views of the fireworks over the city skyline. If you’re after an extra-special celebration, book yourself into one of the many rooftop fireworks parties that are dotted throughout the city, or hop on to a barge along the river for front row seats. If you’re a fan of New York street food, get your hide down to Coney Island during the day and check out the famous hotdog eating competition!
Whilst Texas has its own Independence Day on 2nd March, the Dallas County town of Addison takes 4th July just as seriously. Given the nickname of ‘Kaboom! Town’, Addison holds one of the most impressive firework displays in the US, and the display attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond. The Addison Kaboom Town! fireworks display promotes the town’s unique Texan-style culture, as the event also hosts fantastic live music, as well as delicious food and drink markets. Join the crowds and see for yourself why people say that everything’s bigger in Texas.
Key Biscayne, Florida
One of Florida’s older Independence Day events, Key Biscayne holds a fantastic celebration of North American culture. The event has been running for over half a century, and sees an impressive float parade, which kicks off at 11am on 4th July. Amazing homemade floats are what make the event at Key Biscayne so incredible, as each year a contest is held, rewarding $1000 to the winners of the best and most creative float. Don your judging hats and prepare to see some unusual and funny displays, as there are no rules in this quirky competition. Beautiful fireworks light up the sky at sunset, rounding off this proud American tradition for another year.
Keen to get stuck in to Independence Day this year? Don your finest red, white and blue and start planning the road trip of a lifetime.