It's Fourth of July and time to begin celebrations. Though it is a federal holiday commemorating the independence of the United States, it also marks the beginning of summer in many states. So what makes the day special? Well, the day is known for its barbecue parties, fireworks across the country, holiday time and family get-togethers.
One of summer's biggest and best event, the day is also known for its hot dogs. An estimated 150 million hot dogs are consumed by Americans every year on this day. Well, that is definitely huge in number! A report on Wallethub states that every year Americans spend $6.9 Billion on July Fourth food with an additional $1.6 Billion on wine and beer. The report also lists New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Seattle as some of the best cities for celebrations.
With a slew of events lined up for the day, we take a look at some of the best events across the US to celebrate this special day.
It's loud and grand, that is how the capital likes to celebrate the special day. On Independence Day, a slew of events are planned across the city right from food festivals to music events to charity shows to help immigrants. And of course, the day will conclude with spectacular fireworks with the historical monuments as its backdrop. Though the National Mall appears to be the perfect spot to get the glimpse of the colourful sky, other alternates include rooftop bar and restaurant across the city to view the party with cocktails, food stations, and a DJ.
Join us Wednesday, July 4th at 8pm for a spectacular display of fireworks set against silhouettes of national landmarks: the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. John Stamos hosts #ACapitolFourth on WQLN- 54.1. pic.twitter.com/0dykIH5nDj— WQLN Public Media (@WQLN) July 1, 2018
Granbury's Events and Parties
Every year the Granbury Chamber of Commerce in Texas town celebrates Fourth of July in a grand two-day affair. Around 50,000 people are expected to gather at the historic townhouse square to celebrate the day with an array of activities, including a parade, contests, rodeo, live shows, and acclaimed fireworks.
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Granbury's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, the community's signature event, draws tens of thousands to Granbury with a parade, contests, rodeo, live shows, and acclaimed fireworks. https://t.co/9Ng64xDCMw pic.twitter.com/U3brXcWo17
The Navy Pier Fireworks
From Brookfield to Glenview to Naperville, the entire state of Chicago will be lightened up on this special. Apart from fireworks, a number of other activities like kids carnival, food walk, live music, kite festival, sports activity, firework cruise and special parade are lined up for the day. However, the highlight of the day would be Navy Pier fireworks presented by Miller Lite.
Boston Pops Orchestra
This three-hour patriotic show is a treat for music fans and guess what? The entries are free. This year 'West Side Story' star Rita Moreno is making a special appearance at the show. The singer and dancer will perform alongside Indigo Girls, Rhiannon Giddons, Natalie Cortez and Rachel Platten.
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Fest
The annual Coney Island competition has become a phenomenon over the years. Surprisingly, the competition is a hit on the betting sites with bookies offering odds on the winners and number of hot dogs eaten. Joey Chestnut, the 10-time Nathan champ, is the crowd favourite with a tough fight from Matt Stonie. Chestnut pulled a stunner last year by eating 72 hot dogs in just 10 minutes.
Among the ladies, Miki Sudo, who dethroned three-time women's champ Sonya Thomas in 2014, is the frontrunner.
If you want to give a fairy-tale touch to your July Fourth celebration, head on straight to Disneyland. The dazzling show with breathtaking special effects will have the spectacular Sleeping Beauty Castle in its backdrop. This year, the Disney Parks Live Entertainment is also injecting an extra dose of patriotism with All-American pre-shows and rousing music to complement the fireworks.
AJC Road Race
For Atlanta, Fourth of July is incomplete without the Peachtree Road Race. The 10K marathon has grown exponentially ever since its launch in 1970. Organised by the Atlanta Track Club, the event attracts 60,000 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities each year.
Wawa Welcome America
Philadelphia's annual carnival celebrates this special day with more than 50 events. The festival also hosts one of the largest free concerts (with Pitbull being the key attraction) in America followed by spectacular fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
New York - Macy's Celebrations
The annual event at the city's East River (in New York) is nothing short of a breathtaking visual treat.
With a slew of events and activities planned across the country, this July Fourth is expected to be a sure treat for citizens.