American Culture

8 Fun Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July


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Staying in the USA during the summer? International students can have a lot of fun celebrating the Fourth of July!

This patriotic holiday, also known as Independence Day, is a great chance to experience American culture. Here are 8 popular ways to celebrate the anniversary of the USA declaring independence from Great Britain in 1776.

1. Wear Red, White, and Blue

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No matter how you spend your 4th of July, go for a festive outfit. You’ll show your patriotic spirit and look great. Bringing an adorable kitten is optional.

2. Have a BBQ with Friends

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Fourth of July weekend is a popular time to have a barbecue (sometimes spelled BBQ). That means grilling delicious, delicious food. So really, it’s your patriotic duty to hang out with friends and eat way too much.

3. Watch a Parade

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Many cities have a Fourth of July parade, where you can watch fun costumes, marching bands and a whole lot of American flags. Remember to wear sunscreen and cheer extra loud. And eat some ice cream. 

4. Visit Washington D.C.

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You’re sure to have a great weekend full of parades, concerts and amazing monuments throughout the nation’s capital. You can even see the Declaration of Independence on display at the National Archives!

5. Go to a Baseball Game

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Baseball is called America’s game, so why not celebrate by seeing a game live? If you’re confused by what’s going on, just complain about the umpires and eat another hot dog. You’ll fit right in.

6. Visit a Museum

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Why not use the holiday as a chance to learn more about America’s past? Bonus: Many museums offer discounted admission to college students. Knowledge is priceless, and it’s even better when the price is less.

7. Watch Independence Day

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If the USA could handle the 18th century British army, aliens with spaceships don’t stand a chance. So make some popcorn and watch the fun action movie Independence Day, starring Will Smith.

8. Enjoy the Fireworks!

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Finally, take a break from all the fun events and delicious food. Like America itself, a fireworks show is loud, exciting and best enjoyed with some friends. No wonder watching fireworks is a big Fourth of July tradition!

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