While there’s nothing wrong with a backyard barbecue, it’s definitely not the only way to enjoy the Fourth of July. To help you plan some alternative holiday celebrations, here are some ideas that will excite your inner patriot and explorer:
Hit the High Seas
While most people spend Independence Day in their backyard, booking a Fourth of July cruise with Carnival is one of those alternative celebrations that will still deliver delicious food and drink, as well as entertainment that takes you way beyond the typical fireworks.
During holidays, cruises tend to go all out—and you’ll test your presidential knowledge through trivia; line dance to American classics; master the art of mixology with festive red, white, and blue libations; and see how many soft-serve cones you can eat to win cool prizes. Even if you lose, it’s fun to feel like a kid again. Bonus: you won’t even have to cook!
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Yes, traditional Fourth of July barbecues get you outside, but to really immerse yourself in nature, it’s worthwhile to go farther than your own backyard. For a healthy dose of adventure, pack up the family in the car with your tent, your hiking boots, and the SkyView app downloaded for evening stargazing.
Don’t worry about missing out on the hamburgers and hot dogs: a portable Mountain Man Grill by Camp Chef means you can cook over an open flame for the tastiest barbecue yet. Everything seems to taste better outdoors, enhanced by the surrounding scent of pine and the sound of birds.
Pro tip: as you’ll be getting active in the outdoors, make sure to load up on some carbs (like potatoes smothered in bacon, cheese, and chives wrapped in foil and cooked over a flame).
Plan a Road Trip
The Fourth of July is all about national pride—what’s more American than a road trip exploring the country’s beautiful landscapes and homegrown attractions? You can use tools like Roadtrippers.com to easily plan your route. Pin your start and end points to see fun experiences along the way.
Once you know where you’ll be going, rent a car (why not treat yourself to a convertible from Avis, so you can truly commune with the US of A?) and hit the road. If it’s nearby, Route 66, one of the USA’s original highways, is about as classic American as you can get—it’s got parks, drive-in theaters, historic districts, and architecture that takes you back to the 1920s. Celebrating Independence Day in numerous cities would certainly make for a well-rounded holiday.