Calling all Americans currently traveling the world! Where will you be on Independence Day and how will you be celebrating 4th July abroad?
Independence Day is the national day of the United States of America and it is also known as the Fourth of July. This federal holiday marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which declared the USA’s independence from Great Britain. When Americans are in their home country, they usually associate Independence Day with picnics, barbecues, parades, carnivals, live music, family get-togethers, and of course, fireworks. Every small town and big city in the USA will have some sort of party going on during this special day.
However, what if you are an American traveling in foreign lands or living abroad this Independence Day? How do you celebrate 4th July abroad when you are halfway around the world from the traditions of home?
Where to Celebrate 4th July Abroad
There are many 4th July abroad celebrations which take place at American military bases, as well as others which are held in high traffic areas for American tourism where the locals know that celebrating will help to increase traffic.
If your international travels happen to fall on July 4th this year and you find yourself in another country during this special day, here are some of the Independence Day parties that will be going on around the world:
(PS. If you are a Canadian click here to learn how Canada Day is celebrated abroad.)
If you are currently backpacking through Italy, make your way to Milan for a fantastic 4th July abroad celebration. The party is hosted by the design museum known as La Triennale di Milano and it features hamburgers and beer as well as a free English language tour of the museum. Tickets for American Airlines flights will be given away and admission to the museum is free.
In this southwestern German city near the Rhine you will find the German-American Summer Fest, which is a week long festival that includes karaoke, fireworks, rides, great food and drink and live entertainment.
There is a huge American expat population in Shanghai and the American Chamber of Commerce in this mega-metropolis hosts a July 4th soiree at the super-fancy 5-star Le Meridien She Shan resort. At this swanky celebration there will be live music, dancing, activities and an array of delicious food.
Happy Birthday America!
These are just a few examples of the 4th July abroad events which are happening around the world, so check out what is planned for wherever you are!
If the foreign city where you are currently living or visiting does not have any 4th July abroad events arranged, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make plans yourself. Try to connect with some other American expats and travelers in the area and arrange an Independence Day party.
If you are an American traveling abroad, share with us your plans for Independence Day in the comments below.