A day earlier prior to this event, John Adams wrote the following to his wife Abigail.
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Much like Adams encouraged, we continue as a nation to celebrate and commemorate Independence Day with a variety of activities.
Here are our three personal favorite ways to spend the day:
1.) The Hall of Presidents in Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Housed in a 700-seat theater, Disney’s Hall of Presidents presents all 43 U.S. Presidents “on stage together in a patriotic celebration tracing the history of the United States.”
The presentation showcases a film and concludes by revealing a stage of all the presidents in “Audio-Animatronic” form. These human-like figures deliver speeches with startlingly realistic poise.
It’s not only a must-see for anyone visiting Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, but is a great way to celebrate Independence Day.
2.) Fireworks by the Beach
It’s one thing to view fireworks, but it’s another experience entirely to see them while you’re staying at the beach.
One of our favorite vacation spots is a hidden gem known as Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Unlike a lot of other beach destinations, this particular location isn’t overpopulated or over-commericialized.
Murrells Inlet puts on a phenomenal show every July 4th starting at 10 p.m. that’s easily visible from the Marsh Walk. I recommend that you head up a few hours early to enjoy the wide selection of restaurants, bars and live music.
3.) Beer-Swap Cook Out
There are plenty of fun ways to celebrate right where you’re at.
Shake up your usual cook out by encouraging all of your guests to bring a different kind of beer. Also mandate that they bring varieties that strive from the norm–a.k.a more crafty kinds of beers.
When they all show up, you’ll have a diverse selection to enjoy and try to accompany your classic cook out.
What are your favorite ways to celebrated Independence Day?