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Tomorrow, people across the US will don their red, white and blue in celebration of America’s 238th birthday.
Pictured above, actress Louise Synder wears a vintage swimsuit and a Stars & Stripes top hat to set off fireworks for a Fourth of July celebration on the beach in 1950.
Whether you’re planning to spend Independence Day with family and friends at the beach, grilling in the backyard, or watching one of the best fireworks displays in the US, we hope you’ll enjoy this week’s holiday-themed, throwback Thursday as much as we do.
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Happy birthday, America! Even our favorite ex-pats and travel bloggers were feeling patriotic this week. If you’re like us and back in the office, here are some of the best posts to get you through the workday.
Gadling has video of the world’s largest American flag. Watch 600 people unfurl the 505-foot, 3,000-pound “Super Flag.”
Johnny Jet got a first look at Sir Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri Kenya Safari Camp. Located in the Motorogi Conservancy in Masai Mara, Kenya, the breathtaking lodge officially opens August 1, 2013.
HuffPost Travel has 51 facts and attractions you need to check out, from the historical to the natural to the wacky.
Backpacker Becki tells you exactly how much it costs to travel in Myanmar / Burma, the newly-opened-to-tourism hot spot in Southeast Asia.
The Frugal Traveler plans a kid-friendly day in Washington D.C. — with lots of free art.
Want even more travel highlights from this week? Check out our This Week in Photos slideshow!
See how some of the Travel Channel editors spent their Independence Day. Then, show us how you spent yours! Instagram your photos with the hashtag #TCJuly4th and we’ll feature our favorites on the blog!
Top Row, Left to Right:
“Happy July 4th from Kensington, MD!” - Jessica Menk, Digital Editorial Designer
“Sitting on the steps of Department of Labor, waiting for fireworks to begin on the National Mall.” - Vanessa Mack, Photo Editor
“Here’s a shot of Mike Espenshade resting before the start of Civil War reenactments. He’s been a re-enactor for the past 30 years, and this week he’s joined 40,000 compatriots to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and a “new birth of freedom” – the Fourth rocked in Gettysburg!” - Lisa Singh, Interactive Producer
Bottom Row, Left to Right:
“There’s no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than by watching America’s favorite pastime! Cold beer, a great game and a cone of soft-serve vanilla ice cream made for the perfect Independence Day.” – Allee Sangiolo, Interactive Producer
“Even under repairs, the Washington Monument glows in anticipation of 4th of July fireworks on the National Mall.” – Robin Bennefield, Managing Producer
“No cookout would be complete without a patriotic blueberry pie! But the credit goes to a friend — I’m a terrible baker.” - Sara Gilliam, Senior Interactive Producer
We want to know: How are you celebrating the most patriotic day of the year? Will you be commemorating America’s independence by taking in one of the best fireworks displays in the US? Are you lucky enough to be spending the holiday at one of the best hotels for 4th of July celebrations? Whether you’re celebrating with a picnic, a party or plenty of pyrotechnics, we want to see! Instagram your photos with the hashtag #TCJuly4th, and we’ll feature some of our favorites on the blog.
Here’s to the red, white and blue!
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Every week we scour the travel blog universe to see where people are going, what they’re seeing and if they know something we don’t about their favorite destinations. From preparing to run with the bulls to capturing breathtaking photos of colorful Panama, travel bloggers have been busy.
Presumably, your local fireworks went off without a hitch this week — not true for San Diego residents. Gadling shares a video of the Big Bay Boom — with all of the city’s fireworks exploding at once.
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Can you believe tomorrow is the Fourth of July already? It’s not too late to make your holiday plans. From Boston to San Francisco, we rounded up the best fireworks the Fourth has to offer. And to make your planning even easier, we even found out which cities will have the best and the worst weather for pyrotechnics. Get out your picnic blankets – it’s time to get patriotic!
Check to see if the weather is going to ruin your fireworks with our friends at WeatherTrends360.com.
Get in the mood with photos of the best fireworks displays in the nation.
Impress your friends when you show them where the best viewing spots are for fireworks around the country.
Where will you be catching the fireworks this year? Let us know in the comments!
Still working out your 4th of July travel plans? You can do all the planning and packing and glowstick-buying in the world, but no “to-do” list can prevent cloudy skies and rain during your Independence Day celebration.
Never fear, we’ve got you covered. Travel Channel has teamed up with the long-term forecasting experts at weathertrends360 to bring you the best (and worst) places around the country to watch the fireworks. Topping our list for the very best cities are Denver, Phoenix, Addison, TX, San Francisco and Seattle. Check out which cities have the highest risk for bad weather … you may want to reconsider your plans.
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