Wednesday, July 4, 2007

What is your Independence day plan? In the United States, Independence Day (commonly known as "the Fourth of July", or "July the Fourth") is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, baseball games, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Fireworks have been associated with the Fourth of July since 1777.

Things to Do on Fourth of July

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Philadelphia; Sunoco Welcome America! FestivalFrom end of June to July 4th: "eight days of family-oriented entertainment" with concerts, fireworks, barbeque, Day at the Fair, Fiesta on the Parkway, Southwest Airlines July 4th Parade...

Fourth of July in New York City About's Guide for NYC covers many Fourth of July events, from Hot Dog Eating Contests to Cruises to Concerts...
A highlight in NYC is Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks, set off from multiple locations. About's Guide for Manhattan has best spots to view these pyrotechnics.

Long Island, NY Fireworks, parades, festivals, races, more.

Boston's Fourth of July Harborfest"America's Biggest Independence Day Party" is a multi-day bash with hundreds of events -- from historic tours to Children's Day to Chowderfest-- and attracts more than 2.5M visitors. Fireworks over the Charles River are a highlight.

Baltimore's Fourth of July Celebration Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the place to be: check Calendar for all-day fun, and grand finale fireworks.

Connecticut Fourth of July Events Click on Events and select July 4th for parades, fireworks, etc. Mystic Seaport, for ex., has an 1870s Fourth of July.

Washington DC: Fourth of July A giant National Independence Day Parade starts the celebration along Constitution Avenue; in the afternoon, the annual Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife entertains; the National Archives has a Family Day; and in the evening, the National Symphony Orchestra performs while one of the country's largest shows of fireworks lights up the reflecting pool on the National Mall. About's Guide for DC covers Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia, and has National Parade photos, and more.

Fourth of July in Colonial WilliamsburgColonial Williamsburg is living history: real-life actors in the streets and in historic houses bring to life the days before the American Revolution. Expect fireworks, and the chance to ask a few questions -- ask Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry, that is.
Fourth of July in Orlando Expect great fireworks in this town! Find fireworks and celebrations at Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, more.
Other Florida:About's Florida for Visitors site covers other Independence Day festivities too.

Fourth of July - Amelia Island, Florida Some resorts go all-out for July 4th festivities: and at the Ritz-Carleton on Amelia Island (northern Florida) likes to throw a beachside bash.*

July 4th Celebrations in the Southeast Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia - About's Guide for Southeast for Visitors covers Independence Day celebrations in all these states.

Austin, Texas:bring a blanket and picnic basket, for fireworks and music by the Austin Symphony; other venues too.

Phoenix Independence Day About's guide for Phoenix suggests great venues for the 4th of July, with picnics, concerts, rides, etc., leading up to the fireworks.

More Southwest About's Guide for Southwest for Visitors has ten suggestions: Wildflower Festival in CO, small town in AZ, rodeos, even a (family-friendly) UFO Festival in Roswell NM.

LA: Americafest at the Rose BowlAt the Rose Bowl statium, in Pasadena, is day-long Family Fun Festival, evening concert by the California Philharmonic, and Americafest fireworks.

Los Angeles: Top Fireworks for Fourth of July About's guide for Los Angeles selects the Top 10 Fireworks in LA County; most venues have activities all day.

San Francisco 4th of July The Fourth of July Celebration takes place at Pier 39, part of the popular tourist complex that includes Fisherman's Wharf, the Cannery, and Ghirardelli Square. Free family fun, bands, street performers, marionettes, face-painting, and (do we need to say it?) fireworks.

Seattle: Fourth of Jul-Ivars Ivars is a big name in Seattle for its seafood restaurants. Some 40 years ago, founder Ivar Haglund was asked to put on a fireworks show for the city. The fireworks have gone off year after year, plus music, kids' activities, food and more.

Also in Seattle: Family 4th at Lake Union fireworks extravaganza, and Tacoma's Fourth of July Freedom Fair.
July 4th 2007 Celebrations in many more cities:
Not interested in festivities at the places above? Check these sites for events in towns that might suit you better.
Independence Day / 4th of July at is a great place to look for events: but you might have to search for "July 4th", "Fourth of July", and "Independence Day".
Fourth of July - Multiple Cities GoCityKids has detailed calendars with family fun for over a dozen major cities.

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