How to Celebrate Independence Day Around the Country

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No matter where you are, it's time to celebrate Independence day! Here's how collegiettes around the country are showing their pride:

Cape Cod, MA: Zoe Radner, Vanderbilt University

Any Northeast native will agree that Cape Cod is the ideal destination for Fourth of July activities. Sand, seafood, stars and stripes… what more could you need?

(Above) New York: Marilyn La Jeunesse, New York University

There’s nothing like watching the Fourth of July fireworks from the sky. That’s right! Taking a night flight across country or upstate garners you a front row seat to clouds bursting with vibrant colors once the time comes. It’s a beautiful (and safe!) experience.

St. Augustine, Florida: Jamie Coulson, Flagler College

While many are used to watching fireworks from a blanket on a field, switch out your bug bites and picnics on the grass for a water view of fireworks and history! Every year, St. Augustine attracts thousands of people from around Florida for one of the largest firework shows on the East Coast. The bridge of lions, the main entrance to downtown St. Augustine, gets closed down for pedestrians to watch the show. There’s nothing like watching the town and the water light up with American spirit!

Washington, D.C.: Ben Rissler, American University

Spending the Fourth of July in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is truly an unforgettable experience! Lounging out on the National Mall with your friends watching red, white, and blue fireworks shoot across the sky overtop of the Washington Monument and memorials should not be missed by the overly patriotic. I love seeing my city lit up at night and filled with proud Americans to celebrate Independence Day!

New York City, New York: Angela Serednicki, Ryerson University

There’s no place in America quite like New York City. Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Big Apple with a late lunch and a few cocktails atop one of Brooklyn’s many rooftop bars. Head out to Brooklyn Heights Promenade by 5:00 pm in order to grab a great spot for Macy’s fireworks show. The views of the Statue of Liberty and the sparkling city lights of the Manhattan skyline paired with a dazzling firework display will be a summer night you won’t ever forget.

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