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Any plans for doing something special for the 4th of July?

Asked by ETpro (34216 points ) July 1st, 2013

I know it was asked in 2010 and 2011, but times and plans change. Of course, to most of the world, July 4th, 2013 will be just another work day. But to us US Jellies it’s our day to celebrate our birth as a free nation. It’s a day for cookouts, concerts, sporting events, and monster fireworks celebrations like those that mark the New Year celebration around the world. This year, since it comes on a Thursday, it’s the start of a 4-day holiday weekend for many; another reason to hoot, holler, and roll out the good times.

If you celebrate American Independence Day (I imagine that, given how fractious Americans can be, there are plenty in the UK that celebrate the day as Good Riddance Day) what are your celebration plans. If it’s no special day where you reside, why not make it special? Make plans to do something exciting on the 4th or the following weekend, then tell us what you aim to do.

To all my fellow Jellies, wherever in the world you may be, happy 4th of July!

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Ron_C's avatar

I intend to hide in the basement with my dog. Neither of us can stand the loud explosions of fireworks intermingled with firecrackers and the occasional rifle shot. It brings back too many memories and I really hate all the noise.

Pachy's avatar

Going to @janbb’s picnic of course. At least in my mind.

Nullo's avatar

The folks are going to Hannibal, MO (St. Petersburg, for you Tom Sawyer fans), but I have to work the closing shift on the 4th, so it’ll be fireworks on the night of the 3rd and the parade in St. Charles on the morning of the 4th with my girlfriend and her family.

Coloma's avatar

Nope. Bloody hot here, last year went to a big bash, but, this year staying home. Bonus though, I can watch the fireworks show from our county fairgrounds which are only a mile away right from the front deck of the house. Going for a high of 108 today….not fit out for man nor beast. Ugh!

marinelife's avatar

We spend the day keeping the dogs calm in the face of fireworks.

bookish1's avatar

I have no idear. This will be my first July 4th in my new hometown since I moved here. Anything after seeing fireworks on the beach in Florida and being able to set them off legally in my front yeard will probably feel like a letdown, though.
I’ll probably see where some fireworks can be spotted, and then go to my local and take a cab home.

JLeslie's avatar

I can’t believe my husband and I are going to be at Seaworld in Orlando for July 4th. It’s kind of against my policy to go to the Orlando Parks in the summer unless I have a friend coming down with her kids who I want to see, then it is more about her than the parks, but somehow I planned a mini vacation end of this week. On Saturday we actually move on to Delray Beach, FL (which actually has some of the best fireworks in the country, I hate that I will miss it by a couple of days. The family that does the fireworks for NYC does Delray also, I guess they own a place down there, I don’t know the whole story, but the display is very good in Delray Beach if you ever might be in southeast FL that time of year).

I do tend to drag my husband out to the fireworks most years. He didn’t grow up in America, so he doesn’t have memories of loving it when he was a kid. When I was young it was magical to me.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Nope. I used to always have plans for the 4th. A local classic rock station would always put on a free show with fireworks which was nice. They’d always get an older classic rock band to play and while they are no longer in their prime it was nice to get a chance to see bands like Foreigner, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Bad Company, Journey, Joan Jett and some others over the years. Last year was the first year they switched it from the park to an actual stadium and started charging something like $50 for tickets so unfortunately that tradition has come to an end.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Yes, the Fourth of July happens to be my birthday, and this year I’m turning 50. I’m being given a tour by helicopter over the volcanoes and lunch at a fine restaurant. I will be watching fireworks somewhere in the evening.

janbb's avatar

Will be hitting one or several boardwalks with a friend and fireworks at the beach at night. May run into Bruce somewhere.

bookish1's avatar

woohoo, @Hawaii_Jake! We should throw a Fluther party for you.

janbb's avatar

Yay for the second best Jakester in the world.

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