Independence Day (Holiday)

A federal holiday celebrated on the 4th of July to commemorate the approval of the Declaration of Independence to separate from Great Britain. In addition to the actual date, if the holiday falls on a weekend then it becomes a 3-day weekend for most Americans. Friday is observed as a federal holiday if July 4 falls on a Saturday. If it falls on a Sunday then Monday is observed as a federal holiday.

Summer barbecues are common to celebrate this holiday for freedom and liberty. Many patriotic events are usually scheduled for the public to attend at no cost, including parades and fireworks.


Traditional Food

  • ♠ Barbecue
  • ♣ Hot dogs, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers
  • ♥ Watermelon, pies, and other desserts
  • ♦ Lemonade, iced tea, and beer

Superstitions

None

Customs

  • Patriotic Colors: Wear red, white, and/or blue clothing (representing colors of the US flag)
  • Flags: Show patriotism by displaying or waving US flags
  • Parades: Many cities and towns hold public parades
  • Fireworks: Many cities and towns hold public fireworks displays
  • Beaches: Many celebrate the holiday on a waterfront

Travel Tips

Independence Day is an observed holiday in the USA. If it falls on a weekend, then it also becomes a 3-day weekend for most Americans.  Please plan accordingly. Contact businesses directly to find out if they have any special holiday hours.

  • Peak Season for Travel:
    • Make reservations early
    • 3-day extended weekend for most Americans if the holiday falls on a weekend
    • Airfare, car rentals, and lodging may charge premium holiday rates
    • Hotels and other accommodations may require a minimum length of stay
    • Expect early traffic the day before as people leave early from work
    • Expect traffic after lunch at the end of the weeekend as people return home
    • Expect heavy congestion at beaches and viewing areas for fireworks
  • Hours:
    • Non-essential government offices will be closed
    • Most businesses (including groceries and restaurants) will be open but may have limited hours
    • National parks are closed on Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day
    • Public transportation may have limited hours; some cities offer free public transportation after the fireworks have ended to expedite traffic
  • Road Closures:
    • Roads may be closed ahead of time for parades and other celebrations; they remain closed for an extended period of time afterwards for cleanup 
  • Free Street Parking:
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on federal holidays and federally observed holidays (see meter or street sign)
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on Sundays (see meter or street sign)
  • Sales:
    • Some businesses, especially big department stores, have promotional sales leading up to the holiday

Event Location

Event Timing

  • Date:July 4, 2022