This week, Americans around the country and the world will be celebrating the birth of their country, and many international students sticking around for the summer will also have an opportunity to experience the day of celebrations! If you are here for the 4th, what can you expect?
Every group of friends has its own 4th of July traditions, but there are a few underlying themes for the day:
- Declared, federal holiday! Most get the day off work work or summer school, and regularly scheduled activities take a break for the day.
- Food: Some 4th of July food staples are burgers, potato salad, cole slaw, chips, corn, watermelon and apple pie, though every group has its own food traditions.
- Decor: You will see lots of red, white and blue!
- Games/sports: For those with access to a boat, waterskiing, tubing and any other water sport you can think of could be the main highlight. Out of the water, you could participate in potato sack races, watermelon seed-spitting contests, and other school-yard fun, like Red Rover and Red Light, Green Light.
- The Grand Finale: Fireworks! Most cities have a large, centrally located fireworks display. In Washington, D.C., the Capitol 4th Fireworks Display and Concert draws quite the crowd. If you prefer a smaller celebration, many neighborhoods and country clubs will put on their own show. Some families will even purchase fireworks and launch them from the back yard (*illegal in some areas and not recommended unless you are an expert firework launcher).
International Students: What are some of your favorite holidays and traditions from your home country? *Let us know by leaving a comment or send us your favorites at email@example.com!