I am sure we all know the origins of the Fourth of July…56 brave men signed a Declaration of Independence in 1776 from England. Every year we celebrate this with picnics, fireworks, and parades saying Happy Birthday to the United States, which is 242 years old this year. We watch fireworks on TV live from New York City and Washington, DC with Patriotism everywhere. With the origins being so widely known let’s take a look at how Independence Day is celebrated in cities across the Country.
We all know the two biggest celebrations occur in New York and DC but there are many smaller celebrations across the Country that just proves that bigger doesn’t always mean better. CNN Travel listed the best places to celebrate the Fourth of July every year outside of NY and DC. The first is at a small town in Granberry, Texas, about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth. They call it Granbury’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration which spans two days! This two day event includes food, vendors, rodeo, and of course…Fireworks! This little town of less than 10,000 attracts around 50,000 people to its celebration every single year.1
We go back to the East Coast for some major events occurring in Philadelphia and Boston. Philadelphia has 50 different free events that occur for the Fourth of July Holiday which includes “pay-what-you-wish admission” to the museums, free outdoor concerts, and of course two different fireworks displays over both the Delaware River and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 1 In Boston the world famous Boston Pops Orchestra puts on a concert with patriotic music and fireworks show at the end.1
Locally in Pennsylvania there are many wonderful celebrations that occur every year. On July 3rd is the Scrantastic Spectacular which begins at 4pm with food vendors, music, and capping off the night the fireworks display. Wilkes-Barre has their own celebration on July 4th as well which includes food, vendors, games, rides, music, and ending the night with fireworks in Kirby Park.
That’s just a taste of some the biggest events across the US and Northeast Pennsylvania. Of course it is not just the big displays and festivals that make the Fourth of July the greatest celebration, it is the people that we share it with. Even the smallest gatherings show how amazing we are and celebrate all that our Founding Fathers fought for and risked.
CareGivers America would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Fourth of July Holiday with your family and friends. We thank and remember all those who have fought, served, and are currently serving for all that they have done, and all that they continue to do. Happy Birthday America, 242 years young!
 “July 4 Events across the United States.” CNN, Cable News Network, 30 June 2018, www.cnn.com/travel/article/july-4-events/index.html.
 “Independence Day Celebration.” Wilkes-Barre PA, www.wilkes-barre.city/special-events/city-sponsored-events/pages/independence-day-celebration.