It’s hard not to love the Fourth of July. Patriotism abounds, no doubt, and it's great to see the Stars and Stripes displayed proudly. Of course, everyone also loves a long weekend, but with the cost of travel higher than ever this year, staying local seems to be the way to go. So before you sign off and head out, here are some quick IgoUgo member picks for celebrating our favorite birthday girl: America the beautiful.
An unbiased review from Eric from Aiea makes a strong argument for the Independence Day Celebrations in Oahu:
"The fireworks display begins at 8:15pm and usually is the best in the state. The Navy also has a free-admission 4th of July party at Pearl Harbor: the July 4th Block Party at Pearl, with games, military vehicle displays, a petting zoo, and entertainment by Kapena and Society of Seven LV."
Californian jrose710 is another member sticking up for her home state's celebrations, this time in California:
"[There are] no overly fancy floats or professionally detailed parade accoutrements...just the hometown folks walking or driving around in brightly colored cars, boats, trucks, and wagons. Definitely the best alternative use of fire trucks possible!"
Longtime member Noel F. strays from home—but not too far—to South Dakota for a truly memorable Fourth:
"At 9:15, the fireworks began on top of the mountain, above the floodlit faces of the presidents. It was an amazing display, underwritten by private donations, not by taxpayers. I can hardly imagine a more stirring place for fireworks."
IgoUgo’s own prince of Queens, ripplefan2, watches fireworks light up Manhattan:
"If you are in New York around the time of July 4th, make your way down to the East River and watch the spectacle of lights dance through the skies like a ballerina dancing on the stars. It really is a sight to see, and a TV in the background playing the music makes it that much better."
Virginian Carmen leaves Old Dominion for the District to join in the party:
"I've had the opportunity to see a multitude of fireworks, and I've seen some good shows, but just seeing them explode over the Washington Monument brings a whole new component to the 4th of July. Take a blanket and a picnic to the Mall on the 4th of July and just relax and enjoy the day. Throughout the day, there are activities for the whole family."
Happy Fourth of July from all of us at IgoUgo!