The 4th of July is traditionally one of the most important holidays in American history. This holiday marks a milestone set some 240 years ago in 1776. On that fateful day, all of our Founding Fathers had agreed upon the final wordings of the Declaration of Independence. The declaration was a bold gesture, telling England that they no longer have the right to govern us as a colony and instead we are going to start becoming our very own nation.
Today, our country is a far cry from the fledgling nation that it once was in 1776. The United States of America today is a strong nation with a bountiful economy. What was once a colony comprised of mostly Englishmen seeking escape from the rigors of direct rule under the Crown is now a union of states composed of a diverse set of people and ethnicities. America today stands as the bastion of democracy and does this duty in the world proudly.
The holiday ideally falls in the middle of the summer, which makes it extra ideal for doing something outdoors to celebrate it. Normally, the holiday is taken as a long weekend, which would be the case now with people being able to fully enjoy a full 3-day long weekend, keeping the significance of our heritage in mind. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate the 4th of July weekend and make the most out of this glorious celebration.
Go to the beach
With the holiday falling in the heart of the summer, the long time off is a great way to head over to the beach. America herself is blessed with such brilliant beachfronts that can make her citizenry swoon. From the shores of North Carolina, to the sunbaked seafront of Florida and the Keys, to the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, then to right across the land to the Pacific coast of California, there are plenty of choices to come by. Even the beachfront shores of many of America’s lakefronts and rivers can be a great place for the family to escape the scorching heat by taking a dip in it.
2. Take a nice, long drive and see the attractions along the way
What would the USA be without its love of cars and its legendary road network? With 3,980, 817 miles of roads, there are plenty of places your car can take you to. Almost the entire US has a legendary road route attributed to it, there’s the historic Route 66 that snakes throughout continental USA being the original highway that connected the country, the Pacific Coast Highway in California with sweeping vistas of the ocean and the scenic bridge at Big Sur, the Overseas Highway in Florida with the famous Seven Mile Bridge being a true marvel of engineering. Take your pick, pack your bags and go on that road trip of a lifetime.
3. Visit our Nation’s Capital
The best way to commemorate and pay tribute to our great country is by witnessing the Declaration of Independence in its full, resplendent glory in one of a plethora of museums, monuments and shrines in Washington, DC. Pay tribute to the greatness that America is by marveling at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. Drop by a bastion of emancipation by visiting the Lincoln Memorial and take a look at the Capitol and the White House. A great way to get around DC would be to take the Hop On, Hop Off City Tour that gets you to every site without the pressure and hassle a structured tour normally brings.
4. Enjoy the country’s natural marvels
The USA is 3.8 million square miles of pure unadulterated natural wonders. Anything and everything the world has to offer can actually be seen in the USA. We mentioned some of the beaches earlier, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg, because you can see real icebergs and glaciers when you go to Alaska for instance. Deserts and geological wonderlands can be marveled at from Moab in Utah all the way to the legendary Grand Canyon in Arizona. Revel in the serenity of mountain forests from Montana to Colorado to Oregon to Vermont. Explore the ranches and ranges of California, Nevada or Wyoming. Try one natural wonder every 4th of July, for every year and you’ll still find yourself wanting.
5. Immerse yourself in small-town USA
Aside from the wealth of history, richness in nature, there are the people of America to be regarded as a treasure. Try celebrating in the heartland of America or the Deep South and enjoy the feel of hospitable small-town America. You cannot truly capture what the spirit of America is without taking a visit to the places where America took root and started to become the great nation she is today.
6. Have a barbecue with family and friends
This is the traditional way of celebrating the 4th of July, at home hosting the people who matter to you in your life. For what is all that hard work for, if not for family and friends who you hold dear? Fire up the barbecue, cook up the recipe we mentioned in this article, swig down a cold mug of American brew, all while basking in the sun while exchanging stories, watching the local parade and then enjoying the fireworks at night.
There are truly so many things to be thankful for living in this great country and enjoying the freedom we do today thanks to the men and women we commemorate as we celebrate our independence. God bless America!