Famous for his big and bold signature, John Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which official declared the USA independent from Great Britain. You can still catch a glimpse of the document that established the nation’s freedom from Britain with a trip to the National Archives in Washington DC. In commemoration of Independence Day, many celebrations take place around the nation’s capital. From the National Independence Day Parade to Fourth of July fireworks on the Mall, Washington DC provides a memorable, one-of-a-kind Independence Day experience.
The National Independence Day Parade may start at 11:45 p.m., but you’ll want to arrive early to secure a spot for you and the family to catch all of the floats, marching bands and military units. Rock your red, white and blue and consider bringing a blanket to sit on if you have plans to stick around the National Mall for fireworks later in the evening. The fireworks display in Washington, DC is unlike any other in the United States. The show, administered by the National Park Service, illuminates everything from the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. For more information see Destination DC’s website .
Throughout the USA, Independence Day is commonly celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
As for Charley and the boys, they will be celebrating the holiday in Charlotte with a classic firework display. Before their evening of festivities however, you can join the team in a celebratory Google+ video hangout at 7pm GMT (2pm EST, 11am PST) either on our Google+ page or on our Youtube channel. Live from their road trip, the team will be answering all of your burning questions, which you can send in using the twitter hash tag #EFUSA.
For more information on celebrating the 4th of July in Washington, DC you can go to their Facebook or Twitter pages. Or to start planning your own trip to the USA take a look at Discover America’s site, Facebook or Twitter for lots of great tips.