For a Truly Different Independence Day Go Beyond the Fireworks at These Alternative Events
BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- Jun 21, 2016 -- Barbecues, parades and fireworks. They're the trifecta of Fourth of July celebrations, and some Americans wouldn't have it any other way. But what if you'd like to experience a different kind of celebration to mark Independence Day?
To offer you some alternatives, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have collected a choice group of Independence Day celebrations around the U.S. in their Beyond fireworks: 10 alternative Fourth of July traditions to try. Ranging from eating contests and body-building displays to lesser-known events like tapping on the Liberty Bell, one of these celebrations might become a new family tradition.
Here's a sampling of alternative celebrations across the land:
- See the Mr. & Ms. Muscle Contest, Muscle Beach, Venice,
California - Muscle Beach in Venice, California, is a symbol of
the most famous and celebrated bodybuilding champions of the world
(the official Venice Muscle Beach logo features a silhouette of
Arnold Schwarzenegger) and a year-round workout destination for
extreme fitness devotees. On July Fourth each year, professional
and amateur bodybuilders from around the world flock here to strut
their stuff in the annual Mr. and Ms. Muscle Beach Contest. Any
athlete can enter the contest for $100 (registration begins at 7
a.m. on July 4). Pre-judging begins at 10 a.m. and the final
competition is at 1 p.m.
- Witness the tapping of the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania - Like the ad for Visit Philadelphia says, "Nobody
does the 4th like those who did it 1st." Philadelphia hosts an
eight-day birthday party for America known as the Wawa Welcome
America! June 27 to July 4. Festival events include a patriotic
ceremony in front of Independence Hall, a parade through the
streets of Historic Philadelphia, three fireworks shows and a
massive, outdoor free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
featuring Tony-nominated Leslie Odom, Jr. of Broadway's hit show
"Hamilton." One of the most moving ceremonies of Wawa Welcome
America! is the annual tapping of the Liberty Bell hosted by the
Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the
Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. To
avoid cracking it more, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since
1846, so it's symbolically tapped 13 times instead (one time for
each of the 13 colonies). The event begins at 1:45 p.m. on the
Fourth of July when descendants of signers of the Declaration of
Independence and children who have newly become U.S. citizens will
tap the Liberty Bell. Admission is free, but plan to be in line at
the Liberty Bell Center by 1 p.m. for the tapping. An alternative
is to watch the related outdoor ceremony at 1 p.m. in Independence
Square, behind Independence Hall. This is where the Declaration of
Independence was originally read aloud on July 8, 1776 (marking
American's first Independence Day celebration).
- Step back in time at a Colonial Faire, Colonial
Williamsburg, Virginia - Step back in time with a special
militia muster, faire and fireworks during a four-day commemoration
of the anniversary of the birth of the nation in Colonial
Williamsburg, a 300-acre re-creation of the capital of the largest
and most populous British colony at the outset of the American
Revolution. Events held include Salute to the States at 10 a.m. in
Market Square, a special militia muster to honor the 13 original
states with the playing of fifes and drums, display of flags, as
well as muskets and cannons in Market Square; a screening of
"1776," a musical film that showcases the days leading up to July
4, 1776, at The Kimball Theatre; a reading of the Declaration of
Independence at 11 a.m. on the courthouse steps; and the Colonial
Faire, an event for children to engage in 18th century-inspired
activities, such as foot races, hobby horse races, tomahawk
throwing and cannon firing. Many events are included with admission
($40.99/adult, $20.49/child 6 to 12, free/child under 6).
- Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence,
Boston, Massachusetts - The American Revolution began in
Boston, so it's fitting that the city hosts annual celebrations
that are a testament to Bostonians' civic pride and maritime
tradition. The 35th annual Boston Harborfest includes four days of
fun July 1 to 4 with two readings of the Declaration of
Independence and a fireworks show on the Esplanade set to music by
the Boston Pops Orchestra. Begin July Fourth by listening to a
reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10 a.m. at the Old
State House or watch a dramatic reading at 1 p.m. at Old North
Throughout the nation, there are even more unique takes on the Fourth, like midnight fireworks in Alaska; fence painting in Hannibal, Missouri; a viewing of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.; a world famous eating contest at Coney Island; a Presidential reenactment at Mount Rushmore; and America's oldest Fourth of July celebrations in Bristol, Rhode Island. For the complete list, check out Cheapflights.com's Beyond fireworks: 10 alternative Fourth of July traditions to try at www.cheapflights.com/news/10-alternative-fourth-of-july-traditions-to-try.
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