Here’s to safe flights and fun gatherings on July 4th.
Still wondering how and where to celebrate July 4th this year?
Finding a fireworks display won’t be very hard. Towns small and large set those off.
But here at StuckatTheAirport.com, we have a few offbeat celebrations to suggest.
The tiny town of George, WA, promises a “Family-friendly, Old-Fashioned Independence Day in a Great Little American Town.”
Festivities include a parade, a fun run, music, food, kids activities, pie eating and cherry pit spit contests and evening fireworks.
But our favorite part of the day features free slices from the World’s Largest Cherry Pie, which is 8-feet by 8-feet and made each year by The Georgettes, a local community group.
And in Baltimore, we love the July 4th pet parade hosted by the American Visionary Art Museum.
Pets – and their people – can participate in the parade for free. There are trophies awarded in categories such as Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet Lookalikes and Least Likely to Succeed as a Pet.
After the parade, there’s a Pet Talent [or Not] Show.
How are you celebrating July 4th this year?
If you’re driving this weekend – to the airport or to the beach – please take care.
July Fourth is, on average, the deadliest day of the year for drivers.
So stay safe, please. And take into consideration this chart from Allstate’s 2016 America’s Best Driver’s Report, which ranks the largest cities in the U.S., based on safe driving.
Many airports are bracing for a record number of passengers over the July 4th holiday weekend and have lined up entertainment and activities to welcome some travelers and send others on their way.
Thousands of travelers will be heading to Washington, D.C. to see the fireworks on the National Mall this weekend and both Dulles International and Reagan National Airports will be offering red, white & blue retail specials, Uncle Sam stilt walkers and interactive photo booths.
Look (up) for the Uncle Sam stilt walkers at both Reagan National and Dulles International today, July 1, from 12 – 5 p.m. and Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Fourth of July interactive photo booths will be onsite at both airports today from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and on Monday, July 4 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The photos booths will have a “#4th of July frame” and a selection of patriotic and Washington, D.C.-themed digital props. Once you take your picture, you’ll be able to view it on a touch screen, print it out or share via social media.
In Chicago, both O’Hare and Midway Airports have holiday events planned for the holiday weekend as part of the ongoing Air Carnival activities, which feature face painting, balloon sculpting, and stilt walkers in the terminals.
Carnival events take place at O’Hare today, July 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And special guests Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen” will make an appearance at ICE Dishes & Drinks near Gate L1 in Terminal 3 today from 3 to 4 p.m.
Live entertainment will be featured at Midway today (July 1) from 2 to 5 p.m. in the baggage claim area and airport ambassadors will be handing out complimentary lemonade to passengers today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.