American troops have served for more than two centuries to keep our nation free. And while we should always honor their sacrifices, it’s also important to take time to enjoy the freedoms they provide. Here are 13 ways you can do just that this July Fourth weekend.
- Eat a hot dog (and watch the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest).
2. Ring a bell. Then-President John F. Kennedy introduced this Fourth of July concept just months before his assassination in 1963.
Cheer on your favorite at the lobster races in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Sign up to volunteer at the USO and have fun while you’re giving back.
Make s'mores. (Fun fact: The first known s'mores recipe appeared in a 1927 Girl Scout publication.)
Attend the Ocean Beach Marshmallow War in San Diego. (But behave.)
Watch a baseball game.
Read the Declaration of Independence. (Bonus fact: Button Gwinnett, who signed the Declaration, has one of the most sought-after and expensive autographs in the modern world. Only 51 documents with his signature are known to exist.)
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