It almost seems like a self-deprecating joke about American egocentricism to talk about how the rest of the world celebrates our Independence Day, especially when “July 4” is just another day everywhere else. However, there are many American expats and tourists scattered around the globe, and it is fun to celebrate American culture. Who doesn’t love a hot dog or a cold beer on a festive afternoon? Here are nine great places to celebrate America's Independence Day the world over.
Where to Celebrate the 4th of July Around the World (Slideshow)
You’re probably thinking, “Why on Earth would I travel abroad for July Fourth?” Well, it is a long weekend, and sometimes it’s nice to modify the way we celebrate our big holidays. A little change of scenery never hurt anyone. Also, some of you — or someone you know — could be one of the eight million Americans living abroad; if this is the case, one or more of these options might seem accessible and appealing. There’s no need for loud, cringe-worthy displays of jingoism when celebrating the Fourth of July abroad, but it is great to feel at home in a different country, and this is one way to do it.
To find the cities on our list, we consulted websites of groups like the Association of Americans Resident Overseas and Democrats Abroad to see which cities had strong American expat communities. Then, we looked for cities with lots of events, restaurants, and bars celebrating American Independence Day. We also included a few countries whose Independence Days are in close proximity to July Fourth, for double the patriotic celebration. While we included a few of those annual celebrations on this list, we also suggest a few DIY celebration ideas for those looking for a tamer party.
It seems like the most popular way to celebrate July Fourth abroad is by going to a celebration at somebody’s house, and if you’re traveling, you’ll likely have no issue finding a meetup for Americans — in which case we recommend you poke around our Entertain channel’s Fourth of July section for ideas on what to bring or how to host your own party.
In a particularly aww-inspiring fashion, every year, Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad join forces to co-host a July Fourth picnic in Budapest, joining forces to create a robust afternoon of barbecue, live music, and heated debate. The city is bustling in the summer, full of a wide range of cultural programs, and in terms of food, there is plenty to enjoy. Just make sure you know how to choose the right paprika.
Argentina’s Independence Day conveniently takes place just a few days after July Fourth, on July 9. So why not celebrate both? On the Fourth of July, grab a pepperoni pizza at Punto Pizza (highly recommended by the acclaimed travel blog Gringo in Buenos Aires) and enjoy it at Parque Tres de Febrero, one of the world’s best parks for picnicking. On July 9, enjoy local foods like locro and alfajores, as well as fireworks at many spots all over the city.
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The United States Independence Day is celebrated every year on the 4th of July (which is next week!) – it’s one of the most patriotic holidays in the USA and is full of family, fireworks and fun. A quick bit of history for our users who aren’t from the US (because it’s important to know the reason behind the festivities!) – Independence Day celebrates the separation of the USA from Great Britain, and the United States’ declaration of independence.
From having small family gatherings and picnics with friends, to throwing huge parties and eating and drinking until dawn, people celebrate the 4th of July in many different ways. It might sound like celebrating this holiday could be expensive, but don’t panic, enjoying yourself on Independence Day doesn’t mean spending loads of cash.
If you haven’t decided what you’re going to do to celebrate Independence Day this year, here are a few ideas for you that will make sure you stick to your budget…
Watch a parade – the atmosphere of the 4th of July parades are the epitome of ‘celebration’. If there’s a parade in your town, it’ll definitely be the place to be if you’re looking to have some fun to celebrate. The colours, the music and the people are just a few of the things that make the parades so brilliant and they’re all free to attend.
Have a barbecue or picnic – the Independence Day holiday is the perfect time to throw a family gathering and have a barbecue or picnic. Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob and coleslaw are great foods to enjoy whilst celebrating Independence Day with all of your favorite people. To make sure things don’t too expensive for you, why not ask everyone to pitch in and bring a different food or drink item with them? That way the cost is shared between everyone.
Attend a firework display – watching a firework display is one of the most popular ways to celebrate 4th of July. You’ll be spoilt for choice seeing as there are so many different ones held all across the country. Just go to Google, search for fireworks displays in your area and you’ll find a number of displays being held. Many of them will be free to attend so you won’t have to spend anything to enjoy Independence Day!
Go to a concert – there are lots of concerts held specifically to celebrate the 4th of July and what it means to the USA. Again, just head to Google to find out if there’s any concerts being held near you that you could attend. The atmosphere of a 4th of July concert will definitely rival that of the parades so be prepared to have some fun.
Hanging the American flag from your house or car, dressing patriotically or making crafts for the 4th of July are also all great ways to get in to the spirit of celebrating and they won’t break the bank either.
Best places in New York City to celebrate Fourth of July
New York City has some of the finest restaurants and best bars in the world. For Fourth of July, the best places to celebrate will be filled with Independence Day festivities. From free food to spectacular views, these locations will make this year&rsquos holiday a festive one.
Drexler’s (9 Avenue A)
Barbecue and July 4th go hand in hand. At Drexler&rsquos, guests can enjoy some classic summer foods with a delicious cocktail. When a guest buys a Jack Daniel&rsquos cocktail, she will receive either a free hot dog or slider. The guest can choose one food item per drink. The special begins at 4 p.m. and is available throughout the evening, while supplies last. Plus, happy hour specials will be available all night long.
Boulton + Watt (5 Avenue A)
Why try to grill a patriotic feast at home when Boulton & Watt is making it for you? For the holiday, the restaurant is offering an All-American Special. The special includes a Boulton & Watt&rsquos signature burger or two hot dogs, plus a jar of house-made pickles, and a cold draft beer. That whole feast is just $16. Did you make a reservation yet?
Refinery Rooftop (63 West 38th St)
Don&rsquot hot dogs always taste better on July 4th? Refinery Rooftop&rsquos celebration features a special Foot Long Dog. This epic hot dog includes &ldquoavocado relish, crispy bacon, pickled red chilies and side of kettle chips.&rdquo The combination of flavors is a flavor explosion. Don&rsquot forget to wash down that $16 hot dog with an ice cold beer or the Rooftop&rsquos signature Frosé.
Best places in New York City to celebrate Fourth of July, Refinery Rooftop, photo provided by Refinery Rooftop
Bungalow Bar (377 Beach 92nd St, Rockaway)
What better way to celebrate July 4th than with a red, white and blue cocktail? At Bungalow Bar, the colorful cocktail is almost as pretty as the view. With dramatic views of Jamaica Bay, the special cocktail, red, white and blue Frozen will make all your friends Instagram jealous. Cheers to Independence Day!
Where will you be celebrating July 4th? Do you have a suggestion for us? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
13 Brands That Know How to Celebrate the Fourth of July
It&rsquos time to celebrate our independence! For communications professionals that means now is the time to connect your brand to America&rsquos biggest summer celebration&mdashor at least pick up some pointers from the brands that are best at aligning themselves with the spirit of the Fourth of July.
To commemorate America&rsquos 237 birthday here are 13 brands (in honor of the 13 original colonies) that celebrate the holiday in style (listed in no particular order).
1. Nathan's Famous
Nothing is more American than hot dogs, and Nathan&rsquos Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has emerged as a must-watch television event.
No holiday is complete without an appeal from one of America&rsquos oldest brands. To celebrate July 4 this year, Coca-Cola will be sponsoring a Fireworks Spectacular in Atlanta. Not only that, the company will extend its visiting hours at the World of Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is also sponsoring local celebrations around the country.
Pepsi&rsquos red, white and blue can is a great holiday accessory, but the soft drink company isn&rsquot banking on that alone. Pepsi has taken to digital media to encourage its followers to share their celebration with Pepsi. If you take a picture of your summer fun and upload it to Pepsi.com, the soft drink company will make a donation to one of five organizations, which includes the USO and the Wounded Warrior Project.
&ldquoThe King of Beers&rdquo launched a promotion that benefits military families. Special red, white and blue-themed bottles and cans went on sale May 6, and Budweiser will make a donation (up to $1 million) to the Folds of Honor Foundation for every unit sold up to July 4.
Macy&rsquos 4 th of July Fireworks Spectacular is one of the most impressive firework displays year-after-year. This year will be no exception, with a reported 40,000 fireworks, and music curated by R&B star Usher.
Planning a celebration can be a lot of work, but Pinterest is hoping to relieve some of the stress. The visual social media network has devoted pinboards to all your celebration needs.
A cake-making contest is a fun and delicious way to engage stakeholders. Epicurious wants your best red, white and blue recipe. Winners receive a gift and their recipes published by Epicurious.
8. Major League Baseball & New Era
Once again this year, Major League Baseball will roll out Stars & Stripes hats to be worn by all players on July 4. The hats were introduced to pay tribute to veterans, both home and abroad, and proceeds from the New Era hats will benefit Welcome Back Veterans.
This year the philanthropic shoe company kicked things off early. TOMS hosted an open-invitation pre-Fourth &ldquoRed, White and Bold Bash&rdquo on Saturday, June 29, in Los Angeles.
Kraft Foods wants to add some flavor to this year&rsquos celebration&mdashit's promoting fun and festive recipes with a patriotic flair.
11. Liberty Mutual
Liberty Mutual is sponsoring the 40 th annual &ldquoBoston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.&rdquo Perhaps no city is more synonymous with American independence than Boston&ndashjust 40 miles north of Plymouth and home to Paul Revere's famous ride.
12. Walt Disney Co.
Disney does everything big, and the Fourth of July is no exception. Disneyland and Walt Disney World not only host massive firework shows, they celebrate the holiday for a week straight with various daily events for visitors.
Watch a hot-dog eating contest on the TODAY plaza!
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has become an American tradition and this year's contestants include famed competitive eaters Joey Chestnut, Michelle Lesco and Miki Sudo. According to Nathan's Famous, the contest has happened every year since 1972 and was derived from an old patriotic legend.
Once upon an Independence Day in 1916, four immigrants allegedly gathered at the first Nathan's Famous hot dog stand on Coney Island. According to legend, they wanted to determine who was the most devoted U.S. citizen and did so with a hot dog eating contest.
Since 1972, Nathan's Famous has hosted the contest on Coney Island every year on July 4, which also falls within National Hot Dog Month. In anticipation of the big contest in 2018, here are a few more interesting facts about Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, courtesy of the famous brand behind it all.
The Best 4th of July Songs for the Perfect Holiday Soundtrack
Celebrate both fun and freedom with this patriotic playlist.
The 4th of July is a time for celebrating the many thing you love about living in the USA, including freedom, family, and fireworks. It&rsquos also a time to enjoy some 4th of July desserts, fire up your best grilling recipes, and get creative with July 4th crafts, among plenty more 4th of July activities.
However you choose to spend the holiday, you can boost your patriotic experience by scoring the day with a playlist of songs that celebrate America. From classical masterpieces that bring to mind epic victories and anthems that tug at the heartstrings to country tunes that pay homage to the simple joys of everyday life, this eclectic playlist will make you proud to be an American. Want even more music to add to your playlist? Check out our round-up of patriotic country songs. Now on to the playlist&mdashjust don't be surprised if you're humming "God Bless America" for days on end!
Greenwood is joined by Home Free and members of the U.S. Air Force for a moving rendition of the classic patriotic song. It's guaranteed to give you goosebumps!
Dolly Parton is a living national treasure, so of course she has the perfect 4th of July song. This heartfelt homage is a reflection on red, white and blue&mdash"these are colors that ring true."
Many famous voices have put their own spin on this stirring song with one of the most familiar choruses ("Glory, glory, hallelujah"). Cash's version stands out not just because of the Man in Black's iconic voice but for his brief comment beforehand about how a song can belong to us all.
No matter how many times you've heard Charles's cover (at fireworks shows and sporting events), its singular beauty never fails to bring a tear to the eye.
Widely considered to be one of the most perfect renditions (if not the most perfect) of the National Anthem, Houston's performance will fill your soul with pride.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's energetic song will stay with you all day. Miranda's Hamilton expresses his hope and drive while also foreshadowing his fate. It's a reminder that our Founding Fathers were just people (albeit ones with an incredible sense of purpose).
Although very Canadian, Dion's emotional rendition of the anthem moved the world when she performed it shortly after the September 11 attacks.
Guthrie's simple and understated performance puts the focus on the powerful lyrics of this famed folk anthem. It more than earned its spot in the National Recording Registry, which preserves recordings that are culturally and historically significant.
From the New Jersey Turnpike to Saginaw, ordinary American sights quickly flash by in this bittersweet folk song. It's patriotic in a low-key way for its inspiration, one of the most American experiences of all: the road trip.
Go ahead and try not to groove to Brown's over-the-top anthem that practically compels you to celebrate, well, living in America.
You'll want to strike up a band when you hear this spirited masterpiece, which became the official National March of the United States in 1987.
Berry's tribute to America, "where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day," is perfect for Fourth of July celebrations.
Rhett's tune about a small-town girl may say "it ain't even the Fourth of July." But thanks to lyrics that praise Friday night football games, blue jeans, hot dogs, fireworks, and cold beer, it feels perfect for that special day.
Written for his musical George Washington, Jr., Cohan's patriotic tune was inspired by a real-life encounter with a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. The veteran kept an old flag with him, which he referred to as a "grand old rag." (The phrase would inspire the original title of the song before Cohan changed it.) Though many have recorded this tune over the years, vaudeville star Billy Murray's rendition might be the oldest existing recording.
Kick the party into high gear with this unapologetically high-energy song that's all about trying to achieve the American dream&mdashno matter what yours is.
Paisley's hit proves that it's the little things that make life in America great&mdashlike relaxing with an Italian ice or a margarita.
This rock classic has just the right vibe for a summer day (or night), which is yet another reason why it's a perfect 4th of July song.
"You can't break an American heart," sings Faith Hill in this powerful ode to American freedom.
This powerful country ode to America is a great reminder that freedom is "what the brave and courageous are fightin' for."
Vassar's pensive reflection on the blessings of growing up in America is a great addition to any Independence Day playlist.
The best way to celebrate Fourth of July in the US is at this old-fashioned Ga. festival
Now, everyone knows the short list of July 4th events (think Stone Mountain and Centennial Olympic Park) that rise to the top of our local list. But, little did you know, the top-rated destination in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July sits right in on the coast of Georgia.
Every year the port city of Brunswick, Georgia, transforms Mary Ross Waterfront Park in its Historic Downtown into an old-fashioned Independence Day. USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice poll recently crowned the city's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration the best Fourth of July festival in the country.
Located right on the coast and adjacent to the Golden Isles, Brunswick and makes the perfection location to spend the Fourth of July and a mini-vacation while you're at it.
Here’s everything to know about this chart-topping 4th of July event:
Time: 7 -10 p.m. Date: Tuesday, July 4th
Location: Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Bay and Gloucester Street, Brunswick.
Credit: Courtesy of Golden Isles CVB
Credit: Courtesy of Golden Isles CVB
At this year's event, you can expect:
- Traditional family fun. Bring the whole family to this kid-friendly Independence Day event, which will feature wholesome games and activities like sack races, water balloon toss, hula hoop contest, horseshoes, tug-of-war and plenty of prizes.
- Delicious watermelon. Not only will game winners receive a whole watermelon grown in Southern Georgia, but, thanks to the City of Brunswick, visitors young and old will also enjoy free watermelon slices throughout the night.
- Music in the air. To start this important evening off right, local singer Annie Akins will perform a powerful rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," along with Artists and Mentors of the Golden Isles Penguin Project. If you've never listened to it in person, hearing "The Star Spangled Banner" live will knock your socks off.
- Plenty of food. Thanks to the Heather House and the City of Brunswick Police Department C.O.P. program, an array of traditional Fourth of July food will be available for purchase at the event, including hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas and sweets. No need to bring a picnic with you to this one.
- Stunning fireworks show. For a full 30 minutes, you and your family will enjoy one of the best fireworks shows in the South. Set to a backdrop of patriotic music, a spectacular fireworks display will explode around 9 p.m.over the waters of the East River and Oglethorpe Bay.
If you're looking for a meaningful way to build memories with your family, don't miss the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Brunswick.
The majority of Americans who do know what's in their hot dog prefer them to be made with beef, with 61% saying beef hot dogs are their favorite, according to the council, followed by pork (12%) and then turkey (7%).
Betty White's love of hot dogs has been reported frequently, and she was also the celeb with whom most people polled by the council said they would like to share a hot dog. White beat out eight other celebs with some sort of hot dog connection in a multiple choice questionnaire that asked what famous person people would most like to share a hot dog with.
Is today National Hot Dog Day?
Hot Dog Day is one of the most popular informal events celebrated across the world. The event, however, is majorly celebrated in countries like the United States of America, Canada, and Australia and in countries that consume hotdogs on a large basis. The event is mostly about eating hot-dogs, however, there are other activities that are conducted on the day. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council have designated the month of July as National Hot Dog Month, however, the day varies every year.
The day is usually celebrated on the third Wednesday in the month of July. People who have planned on celebrating National Hot Dog Day should know about the changes in the celebration of the day for the year 2020.
But, in the year 2020, the National Hot Dog Day will fall on Wednesday, July 22. The date is based on when the North American Meat Institue hosts one of the popular annual events, Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill.
Whether you enjoy a frankfurter, frank, weenie, coney, red hot or hot dog, July is bound to be a delicious month. This month marks #NationalHotDogMonth, a full 31 days that celebrate one of America&rsquos most iconic foods. More here: https://t.co/1UWilzluDJ#BeefFarmersAndRanchers pic.twitter.com/R0Nb3PW3LZ&mdash North American Meat Institute (@MeatInstitute) July 2, 2020
Many industry groups like National Hot Dog and Sausage Council based in The United States of America support the day. They are even known to organise, sponsor, and support several events that are related to hot dog day. National Hot Dog Day witnesses various activities held in western countries like the United States of America and Canada. Activities like wiener dog races, root beer chugging competition, face painting, and other activities are held on National Hot Dog Day.
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has joined Twitter! Follow us for everything you need to know about this American icon! # hot dogs&mdash Hot Dog Council (@Hot_Dog_Council) May 17, 2011
There are various festivals celebrated on the occasion of National Hot Dog Day. People celebrate the day with great joy and enthusiasm. Some of the most noteworthy festivals are Alfred Village Hot Dog Day, Annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill, Boston Hot Dog Safari, and West Virginia Hot Dog Festival.
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Hot Diggity - It's National Hot Dog Day
National Hot Dog Day is usually observed every third Wednesday in July.
Although not an official holiday, National Hot Dog Day celebrates one of the country's most popular street foods (with extra mustard, please) when it is observed this year on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Meanwhile, watch for local diners, national restaurant chains like Sonic, and major league baseball stadiums to join in the fun with National Hot Dog Day specials or free hot dog giveaways in celebration.
Hot dog fun facts for National Hot Dog Day
• During a typical summer, Americans will consume a total of 7 BILLION hot dogs.
Historians say the "little sausages" first appeared
in America with 19th century German immigrants
who began selling them from push carts in NYC.
They dubbed them "dachshund dogs".
• The most popular hot dog topping among adults? It's mustard, at 87.6%. Among kids, it's ketchup.
• On May 31, 2012, a world record was set for the most expensive hot dog. The &ldquoCalifornia Capitol City Dawg&rdquo sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento to help raise money for charity. The 18", 3 lb. hot dog was served on fresh-baked gourmet buns with toppings that included truffle butter, dried tomatoes and moose cheese from Sweden.
• 7-Eleven sets the record for selling the most grilled hot dogs in North America, selling approx. 100 million of them each year.
• More hot dogs are eaten in Los Angeles than anywhere else in the country, beating out it's old rival New York City which now comes in second.
• Speaking of the Big Apple, the nation's most famous competitive eating contest takes place each year during Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July in Coney Island.
• "As American as hot dogs, apple pie and baseball" is an old saying that comes from the fact that most hot dogs in America are consumed during baseball games. In fact, it's estimated that baseball fans will consume more than 26 million hot dogs at US baseball stadiums this season.
How to celebrate National Hot Dog Day
The best hot dogs in town, Pier 19 in San Francisco.
On National Hot Dog Day, head for the supermarket, the corner diner or restaurant, or your local street vendor to enjoy (what else?) a hot dog with all your favorite toppings in honor of the day.
In the backyard, grill up a bunch of hot dogs on the barbecue. Just remember to use tongs when lifting them on or off. A fork pierces the meat and lets the flavorful juices escape which often results in a dry dog.
Sitting around the laptop with nothing to do? Check out funny Hot Dog Day e-cards to send to friends and family with your very best wishes for a very Happy National Hot Dog Day.
Finally, if your favorite toppings are limited to mustard or ketchup, get creative on National Hot Dog Day with new and tasty additions.
Try out this recipe for homemade pickle relish and you'll probably never buy store-bought again:
Homemade Hot Dog Pickle Relish
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
3 tablespoons brown sugar
8 large dill pickles, diced
1 small cooked red pepper, diced
1 small cooked yellow pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 tablespoons chopped dill
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a medium saucepan, add vinegar, mustard seeds, and coriander seeds and bring to a slow boil.
2. Cook until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients, and stir until blended. Cover and refrigerate for several hours to cool before serving.
More about National Hot Dog Day around the Web:
Hot Dog Month and Hot Dog Day - Information about the day along with hot dog fun facts, online games and recipes, and an entire collection of e-cards to send.
ESL Holiday Lessons.com - Hot Dog Day - Spelling tests, word scrambles, and more fun learning tools in honor of the day.
Hot Dog City - Fun facts, history, statistics, and lots more information from the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.