Independent Fun for Young to Experience and Old to Share

This is the week of the year that finds something going on everywhere. Our events swell to record numbers. There are so many different locations hosting events that it is impossible for us to list them all. You can attend a different event almost every day this week in your area and still not see them all.

Normally this is where I would explain what takes place at the events I have chosen for the blog and also mention some unique feature about each one. This week however, the events follow the tried and true formula and they need no explanation or description. Traditional July 4th events involve at least one of these three elements; a parade, a concert or fireworks. And guess what? You are all invited again to join in the fun and best of all, in most cases for free. That makes this an especially good day for families and children. Many of the parades even have the kids taking part.

Ah, the memories of riding my bike in the July 4th Kids Parade. Really great streamers hanging from the handle bars and crepe paper carefully woven through the wheel spokes; that was original pimp my ride! If you were lucky, you could also manage the engineering feat of getting a baseball card to hit the spokes of your wheel in just the right place to make just the right noise, secured only with a clothes pin. It was magical and a miracle all at the same time!

I tried to share those sweet memories with my children. But whenever I wax nostalgic, I am politely reminded how much they fear the walks down memory lane. Not to worry because I saw to it that they made their own memories. Some day, my kids will try to share these with their children and it will be payback time, lol. I just can’t wait.

There are 1000’s upon 1000’s of small town festivals taking place. Endless chances to create a “memory lane” of experiences for you and your children to share that they might not mind so much as they get older. I encourage you to enjoy more than one fabulous event going on in your backyard this week. Don’t miss the chance to wish a “Happy Birthday” to America; a really great place to create memories!

Please Note: I have mentioned in my blogs and also it is posted on every event on our site, to please call ahead about event details before traveling too far. Things have a way of changing and it is a good practice to just verify things, even if you have tickets. Well, on Saturday I broke my own rule and did not call before driving over 7 hours round trip, to attend the AT &T National Golf Tournament in Bethesda MD. Guess what? They had a tremendous storm in the overnight hours Friday and over 40 trees had fallen on the course. It was catastrophic, dangerous and historic and the course was forced to be closed to spectators (please do not think it had anything to do with the fact that I was going to attend). The round did not begin until 6 hours after it’s scheduled start time and it was the first time in the history of the PGA that a golf tournament non practice round,  was played without spectators. Please heed my words when it comes to event travels. Because even though I knew better, I did not call ahead. I just hate it when I am right!

Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show

Jul 04, 2012

Tacoma’s Waterfront Tacoma, WA US 98402

Since 1979, features six live entertainment performance areas featuring counrty, rock, folk, jazz, blues, reggae, Latin, folk, music and dance. Over 100 artists, craft vendors, and commercial exhibitors will join together on the Tacoma waterfront this 4th of July to form a colorful and bustling public market. Over 25 top vendors will be offering up tasty treats from around the world and America, too. The Metro parks Fun Zone will include fun for the entire family including hands on activities and group games that the whole family can enjoy. The Kid’s Art Studio features a spin art section. The Cruz-In Car Show features up to 90 cars and judging will take place throughout the day and the trophy and awards presentation will take place that evening. Plus Dragon Boat races, military displays, rides, kid’s carnival, the airshow will feature thrilling aerobatic performances by top civilian and military pilots and world class jumpers and the Emerald Queen Grand Finale Fireworks Extravaganza.
150,000 Attendees


Jul 07, 2012

Riverfront Plaza Hartford, CT US 06106

Since 1981, signature fireworks celebration in two cities along the Connecticut River plus food, music, games, riverboat rides, children’s activities and entertainers. Also takes place at Charter Oak Landing, Great River Park and Founders Plaza.
300,000+ Attendees

Americas Birthday Bash

Jul 04, 2012

Bayfront Park Miami, FL US 33010

City and community celebration that provides fun and entertainment for the whole family with special children’s activities, live musical entertainment, concessions and a spectacular fireworks show over Biscayne Bay.
70,000 Attendees

The Great 4th of July Festival

Jul 04, 2012

Water Street New York, NY US 10004

Since 1984, features a variety of professional themed patriotic entertainment from various stages, over 100 cultural and corporate displays and exhibits. Over 600 International trendy foods, arts, crafts, and general merchandise exhibitors.
80,000+ Attendees

Fun 4th Festival

Jul 04, 2012

Downtown Greensboro Greensboro, NC US 27401

Since 1975. The Fun Fourth Festival is a community celebration of Independence Day for Guilford County and the Piedmont Triad. The festival is held in the Cultural District of Downtown Greensboro and at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Fun Fourth events this year will include the Freedom Run, the Kickoff Block Party, the Parade and Street Festival, as well as the Pops Concert and Gate City Fireworks Spectacular. More than 100 businesses help sponsor the events and over 12,000 volunteer hours of assistance are donated. Fun Fourth maintains all the favorite American Independence Day traditions and offers great entertainment and exhibits free. Put on your red, white and blue and come downtown to celebrate!
90,000 Attendees

July 4th Waterfront Festival and Fireworks over the Bay

Jul 04, 2012

Pier 39 San Francisco, CA US 94133

PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with fun and excitement for the whole family. From Noon – 1pm, enjoy the cool sounds of Ruby Summer, A Beach Pop Band. From 2 – 4:30pm, rock out with Club 90 with hits from the 90’s. Then, dance the night away from 6 – 9:30pm with Tainted Love playing all your favorites from the 80’s. When the sun goes down around 9:30pm, stick around for The City of San Francisco’s spectacular fireworks display over the Bay!
200,000 Attendees

WAWA Welcome America

Jun 25, 2012 – Jul 04, 2012

Downtown Parkway Area Philadelphia, PA US 19121

Since 1993, Philadelphia invites you to celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace. Here’s an extravaganza of 50 fun and free events scattered throughout the city in every neighborhood culminating July 4th on the Ben Franklin Parkway with a parade, concert and terrific fireworks.
3,000,000 Attendees

ONEOK Freedomfest

Jul 04, 2012

River West Festival Park Tulsa, OK US 74107

Since 1976, Celebrate America’s Independence with your family and friends at Tulsa’s annual July 4th celebration. Tulsa’s much-anticipated FreedomFest includes endless entertainment, a variety of activities and tasty concessions. A Tulsa tradition since 1976, FreedomFest is known for featuring one of Oklahoma’s largest free fireworks displays and live music on three entertainment locations along the Arkansas River. Join the crowds at Tulsa’s River Parks and line the banks of the Arkansas River with lawn chairs and picnic baskets and wait for the show start. Arrive early to Tulsa FreedomFest to enjoy inflatables for the kids, face painting, beverage and food vendors, old- fashioned family picnics and a bicycle parade. Past activity epicenters include River West Festival Park, Veterans Park and Elwood’s Cafe. At nightfall, turn your gaze skyward and be amazed as hundreds of fireworks choreographed to patriotic music are launched from the 21st Street Bridge.
100,000 Attendees

Three Rivers Regatta Fourth of July Fireworks

Jul 04, 2012

Point State Park Pittsburgh, PA US 15222

Rockets of red glare and just about every other color in the spectrum—along with an assortment of new and innovative shells—will rain down in a frenetic fiery storm at Regatta’s most anticipated and attended event. Once again, this year’s show features the award-winning firing techniques and design talents of New Castle-based Pryotecnico, renowned for its European-style showmanship and launching mechanics.
60,000+ Attendees

Gatlinburg’s 4th of July Midnight Parade

Jul 03, 2012 – Jul 04, 2012

Downtown Gatlinburg Gatlinburg, TN US 37738

Since 1976. Thousands of lights, a parade and fireworks at this night time event. Bring chairs for the family to sit back and enjoy. As soon as the street is closed, the parade route will come alive with pre-parade entertainers that will begin the excitement of what is to follow. Giant helium balloons will soar through the skyline of downtown Gatlinburg, from red, white, and blue Stars to Alphonso the dragon, Humpty Dumpty, and a giant patriotic Eagle and All-Star Train. More than 100 volunteers will be signed on to help the balloons navigate the streets of Gatlinburg, with over 100 entries of all types scheduled to appear.
80,000+ Attendees

Central PA 4th Fest

Jul 04, 2012

Right behind Beaver Stadium State College, PA US 16803

An annual Fourth of July Festival with lots of entertainment for all ages, music, storytelling, children activities and crafts including a parade in the afternoon. There are plenty of food vendors throughout the day and the best is saved for last. A fantastic display of fireworks choreographed and perfectly synchronized to music.
200,000 Attendees

Music City Independence Day Concert Spectacular

Jul 03, 2012 – Jul 04, 2012

Riverfront Park Nashville, TN US 37203

Enjoy free entertainment, fun and fireworks. If there’s one thing Nashville knows how to do, it’s throw a party. Head down to Riverfront Park for a day filled with entertainment and family fun and an evening of incredible fireworks dancing in the night sky to the rhythm of the Nashville Symphony.
80,000 Attendees

July 4th Parade, Concert and BBQ

Jul 04, 2012

Downtown Fairfield, CA US 94533

This parade starts off the day and then there is the BBQ and concert to follow at the County Annex lawn. The parade route begins at the intersection of Webster and Kentucky Streets.
40,000 Attendees

Freedom over Texas

Jul 04, 2012

Eleanor Tinsley Park Houston, TX US 77002

Houston will set the stage for an extraordinary patriotic celebration at Mayor Annise Parker’s official Fourth of July event, Freedom Over Texas. The annual event is held on July 4, culminating in one of the nation’s largest land-based fireworks shows.
100,000 Attendees

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