Fourth of July Celebrations: Eight Quintessentially American Independence Festivities

by Rebecca Dolan Subscribe to Rebecca Dolan's posts Posted Jun 27th 2011 03:30 PM



It may be the most American of celebrations, but the Fourth of July is by no means a static observance. Sure, just the mention of Independence Day conjures up images of smoking grills, flag waving kids, and stars and stripes, but the ways of celebrating the holiday are as diverse as the people who live from sea to shining sea.

Here are eight variations on the classic July Fourth celebration. Some traditions are modern and some have their roots in America's earliest days, but each typifies a different time and place that is quintessentially America.

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really? You spelled Rhode Island wrong? It's a STATE.

July 04 2011 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, cool to see the Patriots' float shown for the Bristol, Rhode Island parade! Celebrating Independence Day on Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw) Island, Michigan is awsome. If you go up at the Fort to watch the local fireworks, you will also be able to see fireworks displays from the Upper Paninsula and Lower Paninsula towns plus all the private displays going on along the shores of Lake Michigan.

July 02 2011 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keivan Ettefagh

We were visiting my Sister who lives in Wrangell, Alaska several years ago. This small town of only around 2000 people staged the most patriotic, spirited 4th of July celebration I have ever been part of.

July 02 2011 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Cutie !!!

Yes I have to agree with you...Wrangell, Alaska is the best celebration ever ... the whole town celebrates with activities for days ... I love our parade and our fireworks are the best.

July 06 2011 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One of the neatest 4th of July Celebration I have experienced was in Ketichan, Alaska. Great traditional small town parade, but no fireworks, never gets dark enough.

June 30 2011 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply