Hip-Hip-Hooray – Its Almost Independence Day!
“Give us your tired, your poor, your hungered masses, yearning to breathe free.” – Engraved on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, written in 1883 by Emma Lazarus – poet, and refugee advocate.
July 4th, 2019 marks the 243rd birthday for America – Happy Birthday America! But what happened on this day we refer to as Independence Day? What is 4th of July, and why is this day associated with America’s birthday? This day commemorates the Declaration of Independence being signed on July 4th, 1776. The Declaration of Independence declared that the original thirteen American colonies were no longer a subject or subordinate to the monarch of Britain. This document was signed by 56 men, with Thomas Jefferson being the principal author.
This Federal holiday is mainly associated with fun and over the top festivities. These usually include fireworks, parades, barbeques, concerts, family reunions, and more!
This year, have a happy 4th of July with family and friends at one of the many activities offered by Way! We also found a couple of great 4th of July events to visit this year that have awesome festivities for the entire family to enjoy.
Boston Harborfest 2019
July 1st – July 7th at Boston Harbor in Boston, Massachusetts
On the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia marked the day by setting off fireworks. Since 1981, The City of Boston has held the city’s Commemoration of Independence Day festival. If you are looking for things to do on 4th of July, look no further! This festival has hundreds of activities making this one of America’s biggest family-friendly events! Throughout the week, check out local artists, listen to live music, watch colonial reenactments, enjoy a stunning 4th of July parade and more!
To enhance your Independence Day weekend, take a Boston Tour and experience the very best of Boston on a fully narrated sightseeing tour of the area’s major sights! Explore through the historic towns of Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord to follow the Battle Road Trail – the route that Paul Revere took when he warned the Minutemen that the British troops were on their way. Complete the day by visiting the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commission naval vessel named by President George Washington after the US Constitution.
Looking for a relaxing 4th of July this year? Head to Hawaii to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Along with the stunning beaches and scenery, get on a cruise and enjoy a luxurious Honolulu sunset dinner followed by an amazing 4th of July fireworks display. Your cruise will include dinner, drinks, live jazz music, and a front row, ocean view of the fireworks.
Beat the heat and party in style with a Las Vegas Pool Crawl – Independence Day edition. This 4th of July, join fellow party goers and hit some of the most popular venues on the Las Vegas strip. You will be carted around Vegas by a party bus and get to see some of 2019’s hottest artists!
Coney Island, New York City
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition
July 4th, 2019
Hot dogs are an American standard, especially during Independence Day. It is estimated that Americans will consume approximately 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July. A good amount of those hot dogs are probably consumed at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition on Coney Island. Every year on 4th of July, the finals for the annual American hot dog eating competition is put on by Nathan’s Hot Dogs, which sits on the corner of Surf Avenue and Stillwell Avenue on Coney Island.
This event is no joke, as the Major League Eating (MLE) – sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) – has sponsored the event since 1997. The rules are simple; you have 10 minutes to eat the most amount of hot dogs and hot dog buns and keep them down. Each contestant is also set with their own judge to make sure counts are accurate. The winner of the men’s circuit wins a mustard colored belt that resembles a wrestling belt, and for the woman’s circuit, a pink wrestling belt goes to the winner.
The origins of the contest are unknown, but Mortimer Mat (Nathan’s Hot Dogs spokesperson) had claimed the contest started on July 4th, 1916 when four immigrants held a hot dog eating contest to prove who was the most patriotic. However, in 2010, Mortimer Mat admitted to having fabricated the story and stated that the contest started with a man named Max Rosey in the early 1970s as a part of a publicity stunt.
Fireworks Boat Party
After watching the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest, make your way over to Pier 39 to board the Liberty Belle cruise ship to end your 4th of July with food, dancing, and fireworks. Make this year a happy Independence Day filled with the memories of partying and having fun! Complete with a stunning view of the Statue of Liberty on this 4th of July NYC Fireworks Boat Party.