The 4th of July is the hottest holiday of the year and also the most fun. If you’re done with the same old firework shows and pie-eating contests, it’s time to try something new. This year, take the family to events and destinations that truly bring in the American Independence Day in style.
We’ve got the roundup of the towns and cities that host unique, exciting events. So go on, take a road trip with the family or just with the girl gang, all geared up in red, white and blue. Here’s what you can pick from:
1. Revel In The Music Of Freedom
Las Vegas doesn’t need an excuse to party. While there are special 4th of July gigs in the city, what’s in this season—are the pool parties. There’s even a pool party pass that gets you into nine such parties, 13 lounges, and 16 nightclubs across the city. This is the time to enjoy the day clubs, as they play music by some of the hottest EDM DJs (the likes of Skrillex, Krewella, and Calvin Harris). Now that’s some tribute to the nation.
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Check electronic Vegas for more details.
2. Family Fun With 19th Century Baseball
The best way to bring in the Independence Day celebrations is to enjoy a traditional day of family fun. One of the best places to do this is at Fonthill Castle, Doylestown. There are watermelon-eating contests, sack races, tug-o-war, bucket brigade relays, town ball (19th century baseball) and a cakewalk. There will be vendors offering summertime snacks and treats, or you can have a picnic on Fonthill’s grounds. The event kicks off with the Children’s Decorated Bike Parade. Where: Fonthill Castle, 525 E Court St, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Check Bucks County for more details.
3. A Sci-Fi 4th Of July
Celebration Town Center’s famous Independence Day event has a Sci-Fi 4th of July event featuring a costume contest and a synchronized fireworks spectacle set to the theme. In addition, there will be bounce houses for kids, live music, face painting, and lots more to enjoy.
Where: 610 Sycamore St, Celebration, Florida
Check Town Center Celebration, FL for more details.
4. Salute From The Shore
July fourth celebrations at the beach town of Myrtle Beach include a boat parade along Murrells Inlet, a cupcake-eating contest and the best part, flyovers by vintage planes. Salute from the Shore is a good way to show respect and appreciation to America’s armed forces. The coastal flyover features a vintage WWII aircraft and the return of the Shaw Air Force Base F-16s, an event critics are calling “this summer’s must see” and “a memory that will last a lifetime.” Meet us on South Carolina’s beaches this 4th of July!
Where: Salute from the Shore will begin at Cherry Grove, north of Myrtle Beach
Check Salute From The Shore for flight schedules.
5. Fancy A Champion Jumping Frog?
This year, Battle Creek will be celebrating its 150th Independence Day. Celebrations include a parade, fireworks, the Fireman’s dance, and frog jumping contests. The Great Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest will be held at 10am (registration at 9:30am) at Shamrock Park. The limit is one frog per entrant, and the recommended frog length is no less than two inches from nose to rump. And yes, there will be washing stations for people to wash their hands after having picked up the frog. Here’s to jumping good times!
Where: Bel Air, Maryland
Check Bel Air Independence Day Committee for details.