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3 July 2019

The 4th of July in the United States

Dia 4 Julio

In the United States, the 4th of July is Independence Day – one of the country’s most important holidays. It was on this day, back in 1776, that the Declaration of Independence from the British Empire was signed. Nowadays, all across the country the streets are filled with parties, parades, sports events, fireworks and red, white and blue flags. Let’s take a look at some US Independence Day traditions and trivia.

Parades

In different parts of the United States you’ll find parades full of music and American flags. In fact, parades are one of the most typical ways to celebrate Independence Day. The most famous parade is held in Washington, along the National Mall, where thousands of people flock to celebrate this most important of days for the United States.

Contests

A lot of different competitions and contests are held on the 4th of July, but the most famous is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which takes place on Coney Island. The challenge is to eat as many hot dogs as you can as quickly as possible. This quintessentially American event is televised to an audience of more than 2 million people.

Food

Every good celebration has its own food. And Americans generally celebrate the 4th of July by tossing some burgers and meat on the barbecue, which they have with salads, beer and a good dessert.

It’s estimated that every 4th of July, Americans eat some 62 million dollars worth of hot dogs and92 million dollars worth of potato chips. Figures worth celebrating!

Fireworks

This is the most important part of the celebration. Firework displays can be found in cities all over the country, but the most famous one is in New York city. It can be seen from all corners of the Big Apple, although the best views are to be had from Brooklyn Bridge Park, the viewpoint at Gantry Plaza State Park and the Empire State Building, which offers special tickets for watching the show. But wherever you watch the fireworks from, you’re bound to be captivated by a truly stunning display.

Every part of the States has its own particular way of marking the 4th of July. Let’s look at some of them.

In Boston, people go to the banks of the Charles River to enjoy the city’s firework display.

In Miami, the celebrations take place on the beach.

In Dallas, the locals have a rather peculiar way of celebrating. They dress up as soldiers killed in the War of Independence and walk around the city like hordes of living dead in a zombie invasion.

In Las Vegas, each hotel holds its own party, and in fact the hotels in this city were the first to start holding Independence Day celebrations.

If you’re thinking of travelling to the United States to join in with the 4th of July celebrations, we can guarantee you won’t regret it. So what are you waiting for? Check out our flights to New York and flights to Miami at the best price.

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