Whether it’s a family barbecue, an afternoon parade or an evening fireworks display, everyone has his or her own favorite 4th of July activities. Many cities host official events on July 4th, and some of them are downright impressive. Add these five incredible celebrations across the country to your list of “must do” events on the 4th of July.
Great Meadow’s Leckner Ford Independence Celebration
Located on the 250-acre Great Meadow steeplechase field in Virginia’s Piedmont countryside, this annual event boasts children’s activities such as pony rides, bouncy structures, rock wall climbing, and a cakewalk. Kids and adults alike will be wowed by the choreographed helicopter air shows, rocketry demonstrations, and polo exhibitions. Enjoy food from local vendors and take in the breathtaking setting. Be sure to stick around after dark for one of the most impressive fireworks displays in Virginia.
America’s Oldest 4th of July Celebration
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The town of Bristol, Rhode Island has been hosting “America’s oldest 4th of July celebration” since 1785 (that’s 228 years!) and you’d better believe they know what they’re doing. Between the Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade, Drum and Bugle Corps Competition, and various outdoor concerts, there’s plenty to keep visitors entertained all day long. The weekend before the 4th, Bristol holds its annual Fourth of July ball, a formal affair complete with cocktails, a grand march, dinner, and dancing.
Saratoga’s All-American Celebration
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Located in upstate New York, the city of Saratoga Springs is situated on one of the most historic battle sights of the Revolutionary War. So, it’s fitting that they pull out all the stops for an annual 4th of July celebration that’s dubbed All-American. Learn about great moments in America’s history by watching live re-enactors and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Be sure to check out the antique and vintage car show and enjoy some tasty BBQ fare. Carousel rides, face-painting, and games will entertain the kids for hours. In the evening, witness the impressive fireworks display.
Fireman’s 4th of July Celebration
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Telluride, Colorado’s 4th of July celebration kicks off with the annual Fireman’s Parade on the town’s historic Main Street. Next, head to Town Park to enjoy BBQ served by Telluride’s firemen. Be sure to save room for the pie-eating contest if you’re so inclined. Finish the day with a fireworks spectacle against the majestic background of the San Juan Mountains – purple mountain majesty indeed.