The 4th of July is coming up. Where will YOU be?
The 4th of July is coming up again and the decision on where to go is a choice that a lot of people have probably been thinking about for nearly a year now. Well, some folks might have been thinking about it for that long, but a lot of folks are just now wondering where they might be spending this holiday, and what they’ll be bringing with them. With so many states cracking down on fireworks it’s fair to say that a lot of folks will be headed to those states where a few minor boom-booms will be legal and even encouraged. But the 4th of July is a lot more than fireworks, even though this is what a lot of people look forward to when the day finally ends and the sparkling, explosive colors can be seen in the sky. Up until then, however, it’s easy to wonder where one might spend the 4th from the moment they wake up until the moment the fiery festivities begin.
So, where are you headed for the 4th?
Deciding where to go can be tough
There are a lot of great places to go in this nation, and a lot of spots are known for offering the maximum amount of fun. Just to make certain people understand, here are a few broad categories:
- The Beach: Flocking to the coast is normal since it’s a fun spot, a lot of beaches still do allow fireworks, and seriously, the beach is a versatile spot when the summer months hit since there are literally miles and miles of coastline around the USA’s borders that can be utilized for various celebrations. Any beach you go to is bound to be packed with people depending on how accessible it is and how popular the tourism trade is in that region.
- A lake: Not quite as crowded as a beach (depending on the popularity of the area) lakes do still fill up quickly since the open ground around a lake can be taken up quickly and there are typically a lot more obstacles to deal with. There’s a good chance that you’ll be forced to stick to allowable fireworks to prevent forest fires, which have been a huge problem in recent years. But a nearby lake is a great way to stay cool and even stay safer since there’s no undertow in a lake, and there’s the realization that lakes are sometimes much closer depending on where you live.
- A river: Much like a lake, rivers can be a lot closer than the coast at times, but they’re still just as good for relaxing by and enjoying the holiday. Not only that but in a lot of cities, the best fireworks displays for miles around usually take place since out on the river is one of the best places to hold such a show.
- A friend/family home: Seriously, this is great since someone’s home is likely to be located close to one of the places mentioned above. There’s also the feeling that if you want to have a good holiday that it’s smart to seek out those you know you can have a good time with since time spent in a group can be much more useful and pleasurable than spending the day by yourself. But if you enjoy that, then more power to you.
There are a lot of different places you can go to enjoy the 4th, so choose wisely and just have a good time with it.
Wherever you go, be respectful
This is a point that a lot of people don’t tend to get whenever they go on vacation, regardless of what the occasion is. Sadly, it’s a very common condition since the fact is that tourists do drive the tourism trade (duh, right?). But what a lot of tourists don’t tend to realize is that while spending money in a location and visiting it to make sure that area can still thrive is a privilege they’re paying for, a lot of locals are bound to think twice about letting people in that often, and might stop being welcoming, if the tourists push them too far. Leaving your trash all over the place, acting like you own the town or city, and in general being as rude as you possibly can is not a great idea when visiting a different area for any reason.
Really, do you want people coming to your home and trashing it? Some might not care that much if they live in a big city or town, but it would be different if they had to think about their actual home being trashed by people who don’t care. This is what it means to be respectful when traveling to another location. That’s still someone’s home, and while they’re going to welcome people in, especially when it comes to spending money, there are certain rules that need to be followed when partying in and enjoying a certain area. Show respect to the venue you find yourself in, and you’ll get respect and be welcomed back for certain.
People congregate on the 4th, that’s a fact
People tend to congregate anywhere honestly, as long as there’s something going on or something worth seeing. On the 4th, people will look for what’s fun, and what’s engaging, and will carve out their own little area to relax in. But picking where you’re going to go when it comes to this is tough since there are a lot of great American cities that are heavily invested in this day and will do whatever it takes to make certain they can draw the maximum number of people. The kind of money a city can shell out to entertain people is heavily dependent on a lot of factors since some destinations are more popular than others since they have more to do. But when you do pick where you decide to go, it’s important to know what you want out of this day. if you’re more about family time and staying away from loud noises, then crowded areas aren’t bound to be for you. But if you want to get into the mix and just cut loose, well, there are a lot of choices out there, and even more variables to think about.
The 4th of July is a big deal for a lot of people
Think of all the parades, the shows, the attractions, and everything else that are planned for around this time of year, and you’ll get an idea of just how important this day is to a lot of people. Americans do love their country, at least a lot of us do, since no matter what, this is our home, and like any other nation, we like to celebrate what makes it great. Simply put, we enjoy celebrating the day our nation was born, and will find ways to make that clear to our fellow Americans whether a person wants to acknowledge it or not.
Staying home is tempting
It’s true, the celebration can get a bit loud and the fireworks can affect pets and those who do suffer from genuine PTSD and can’t stand loud noises. But this is also a time to be respectful to those who don’t like fireworks and can’t stand being around a lot of people. Staying home during this holiday is entirely acceptable since like any other holiday, it can be observed in a quiet, peaceful way, or it can be a barn burner, pardon the expression. It’s up to each person to decide which type of party they’d like to attend if they decide to leave the house at all. It’s just as easy to say ‘Happy 4th of July’ from your recliner as it is while watching explosions light up the sky.
It’s important just to have fun
The point of the 4th of July is to celebrate our nation and the fact that we pulled away from a less-than-stellar situation with another country back in the day. But it’s also important to remember to just have fun with it, and celebrate in the manner that fits your needs. Deciding where to go is a big decision, not to mention expensive sometimes, and it all depends on your budget and whether or not you want to spend that money at home, or somewhere else. You can have a good time no matter where you go, but the memories you want depend on which decisions you make, so find a place that fits what you want for this holiday and run with it. Just have a good time and remember to respect others during this day.
WTR? (Why’s That Radass?)
It’s time to party once again and embrace the idea of America once again, and picking a spot to do that is important in order to make a lasting memory. Be safe, be respectful, and have fun with it. Happy 4th of July everyone, enjoy!