Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July 2012

Hey everyone! Another year, I spent the 4th of July out of the USA. However, I'm still watching all about it from the other side of the ocean. I want to stay at least once, maybe next year! It must be a great experience, and of course I would live it as a tourist who fell in love with the big apple.

Why is this day such a big thing for the States? Let's get some background before I show you the fun stuff that happened in the city.
"Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States." Full entry here.
One of my favorite parts of the 4th of July is the performances in New York. This year Katy Perry performed, of course, Firework in front of the city. You can check it out here:

Also, there were plenty of things to do around the city during the day. One of the things I thought I would have seen had I been there is the Nathan's hot dog eating contest. A few weeks ago, I visited Coney Island and saw that they even had a countdown there for the event! 

Not that I'm a fan of hot dogs, or want to promote junk food... but this is so shocking for me! After watching it on the news, I feel like I can't eat hot dogs anymore. These people look insane! Also I find it kind of funny that this is broadcasted as if it was just another football or soccer game. Check it out:

Hungry? Well, I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July! Thanks for reading, see you soon and God bless America!

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