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Fab Things To Do for July 4th


Some ideas for fun ways to spend your July 4th in the UK

Published on July 3, 2019

We all know the July 4 event routine. American food. American drink. Red, White and Blue. Stars and Stripes. Loads of fun, and, where possible, Fireworks! Here are a few ideas for some fab things to do across the UK tomorrow - Happy Independence Day!

July 4th Celebrations at the Washington Family Home

The Estate of Washington Old Hall incorporates the medieval, ancestral home of President George Washington. Each year on July 4, the National Trust property in Tyne & Wear celebrates its American links in style, with a flag raising ceremony (11am) and live music from local bands. Click here for more details

Q&A with Film Director Erik Nelson reflecting on the US Eighth Air Force

American Director Erik Nelson will be discussing his latest documentary film, The Cold Blue, during a screening and Q&A at the Everyman Cinema, Muswell Hill, in London. The film uses restored footage of the Eighth Air Force flying bombing campaigns from Britain during the Second World War. Screenings also take place at cinemas across the UK on July 4th and beyond. Click here for more details

Celebrate July 4th with Benjamin Franklin

Each year, Benjamin Franklin House in London celebrates Independence Day with cake, a glass of bubbly and a great 30 minute tour around the only surviving house which Franklin used to live in. Franklin was the only statesman to have signed all four documents that created a new nation, including The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris, and The Constitution. Click here for more details

4th of July Charity Softball Match

US financial company Maseco host a Charity Softball Match to mark Independence Day. All proceeds will be donated to London Sports, the UK's longest established youth league. Click here for more details

Independence Day at the Ulster American Folk Park

If you're in Northern Ireland, this is the event for you. The Ulster American Folk Park puts on a special event each year that takes visitors back to 1799, with live bluegrass and American folk music, Holiday games and of course American food. Click here for more details

Drink American Wine

Steakhouse Smith & Wollensky are hosting a Summer Wine Fair on July 4th, with the promise of plenty of American wines available to buy. Also a great excuse to stop by for a proper American steak meal! Click here for more details

American Beer Festival in Birmingham

Beer, Burgers and Live Bands. A free to attend festival in England's second largest city of Birmingham to celebrate American Independence. Click here for more details

Star-Spangled Banner by Bells at Gloucester Cathedral

The composer of the Star Spangled Banner, John Stafford Smith, was born in Gloucester, England, in 1750. To mark Independence Day, Gloucester Cathedral's bells will chime to the sound of the American anthem to celebrate its Transatlantic links. The tune can be heard at 11am, 11:45am and at 2pm.Click here for more details

Independence Day in the City of Bath

Not on Independence Day, July 4th itself, but on Saturday July 6th (Independence Day from work for many of us), The American Museum and Gardens in Bath hosts its annual get together, with picnics and family fun, BBQ and music. Click here for more details

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