Flag-waving and sparklers, glow-sticks and petardos, and cold fried chicken and corn-on-the-cob may not be your idea of a National Day celebration, but millions of Americans turn out for such frivolities with family and friends on Independence Day in July!
Independence Day activities include outdoor barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, parades, political speeches, and ceremonies, as well as other private and public events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the U.S.A. The festivities are topped off after the glow of sunset by evening firework displays, which are traditional, but that have often been banned by local authorities trying to avoid fatalities and forest fires.Aguafiestas, but with reason!
Independence Day is considered the National Day of the United States. Since Canada Day is the First of July, the first week of July is typically one of the busiest U.S. travel periods of the year, since many Federal and State workers make it an extended holiday, and many others take their vacations then. Since this year July 4th falls on a Wednesday, mid-week, there have been some complicated planning going on to make it a real holiday!
For those of you who plan to stay at home and watch the festivities on the television, there will be the traditional free concert on the Capitol lawn in Washington D.C., broadcast live by PBS, NPR and AFN. Local stations will have the rundown on the local fireworks displays and music festivals.
In case you didn’t know, July 4th is also The Philippines Republic Day, commemorating the day in 1946 when the country ceased to be a U.S. Territory and the U.S. officially recognized Philippine Independence. They first called it Independence Day until 1962 when the name was changed to Republic Day.
Did you know that Denmark is said to hold the largest July 4th celebration outside the U.S.A.? In fact, the whole week of July 1st through the 8th is full of celebrations that should not be missed!