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"Independence Day: 4th of July" Top 5 Page for this destination United States of America Local Custom Tip by b1bob

United States of America Local Customs: 253 reviews and 260 photos

  typical 4th of July cookout
by b1bob

Americans celebrate Independence Day at every 4th of July. The declaration of Independence was signed on 4 July 1776 and forwarded to King George III who didn't cotton to it at all. We fought a revolution based largely on grievances of high tax and, thus the United States of America as we know it was born. This is one of few national holidays (only Christmas and Veteran's Day fall on their fixed dates) which fall on the same day at every year. Other holidays are configured to fall on Monday to make for a long weekend for federal employees. Americans typically grill outside and have large parties. Where it is locally permissible, many individuals buy fireworks and shoot them off in their backyard after dark to cap off a cookout. Where it is not locally permissible, folks assemble to various locations for a professional display. They have one after the ball game at the Diamond in Richmond; there is still one at King's Dominion amusement park at Doswell; and a community picnic at Montpelier, Virginia had a good professional display.

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  • Written Mar 6, 2004
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