Ah, the 4th of July. No other holiday is celebrated with as much enthusiasm as the day of America’s independence. The whole event presents an intoxicating mix of hot weather, outdoor barbecues, fireworks, and patriotism.
Every part of the nation celebrates their freedom a tad differently. In this article, we talk about 5 places in the US that put a unique and adventurous spin on their 4th of July activities.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Wyoming offers plenty of room for outdoor activities, especially Teton Range and Snake River. Jackson Hole is surrounded by breathtaking mountains, giving you access to amazing sky-high pastimes. Tackle the rapids of the legendary Snake River or leisurely float around as you snap pictures of moose and bald eagles.
You’ll also get to enjoy events, such as Grand Teton Music Festival’s Music in the Hole concert, the Town Square Shootout, rodeos and, of course, fireworks!
Deadwood, South Dakota
A stream of activities, including live music, parties, pancake breakfasts, multiple parades, fireworks displays, and poker tournaments, await you in Deadwood. It looks a lot like the setting of a Western film and is only an hour away from Mount Rushmore.
If mountain climbing is your thing, Deadwood’s Black Hills region is considered a climber’s mecca. Drive an hour away and you’ll get to Devils Tower. Drive less than an hour farther and you’ll get to see one of the last bastions of traditional climbing — The Needles. The whole area has hundreds of routes for you to choose from and enjoy.
Bend’s 4th of July starts with the Spark Your Heart 5km Walk/Run and is followed by the Pet Parade — the city’s largest and longest-standing parade, which dates all the way back to 1932. Head to Drake Park to experience the Old Fashioned July 4th Festival, where there are old-fashioned games, photo booths, handcrafted goods, and performances by local bands.
Bend has almost 300 miles of endless single-track routes, making it a bicyclist’s paradise. Wait a while and you’ll be treated to a spectacular fireworks display launched from an extinct volcano called Pilot Butte at 10PM.
Lake Tahoe, California
Imagine a cold beer in one hand, a plate of delicious barbeque in the other, and world-class ski hills all around you. Lake Tahoe is a great place to enjoy beach parties, parades, and pancake breakfasts. Plus, their Lights on the Lake is one of the most visually arresting pyrotechnics shows in the US, garnering up to 100,000 spectators every year.
And the best part? Because of Lake Tahoe’s amazing outdoors, you can feel free to participate in activities such as hiking, biking, boating, climbing, fishing, and stand up paddling.
Huntington Beach, California
Huntington Beach is as iconic as they come. Their 4th of July starts with the Surf City 5km run, followed by a parade, live entertainment shows, and a list of many other merry activities. Let your tongue savor delicious authentic Mexican food and traditional burgers while watching the fireworks over the ocean come nightfall. And then, when you feel the need to take a break from all the partying and eating, you can head to the water and catch some of Huntington Beach’s famous swells.
With the 4th of July just a few days away, we at Liquipel wish to greet all of our readers and customers a happy Independence Day. Indeed, the sacrifices that our forefathers made did not go to waste. We hope that all of you have a grand time on America’s birthday. See you around!