Four ways to celebrate Independence Day: 4th July

The 4th July may be the day that Americans celebrate their liberation from British rule, but thousands of Brits enjoy taking part in Independence Day celebrations every year. Here are four ways that you can join in the festivities in 2019:

Dine out American style

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What better way to celebrate the 4th July than by biting into a burger and sipping on a shake at one of the UK’s numerous American themed restaurants? My favourite has long been Ed’s Easy Diner, which despite a round of recent closures, still has 17 branches across the UK. The frozen yogurt milkshakes make a delicious lower calorie alternative to the traditional ice cream variety and there’s also a substantial gluten free menu. If you sign up to Ed’s newsletter, you can enjoy a free starter or dessert with any main.

Give it some muscle at an American car show

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Petrol heads will love the Stars and Stripes American Car Show at Tatton Park, but you’ll have to wait until the weekend to pay it a visit. Open from 9.30am to 4pm on 6 and 7th July, the event promises a host of American muscle cars from the 1950s to today, as well as American trade stalls, live music and even a wild west shoot out. Adult tickets cost £9 but under 10s are free.

Raise a glass as you tour around London

Image from  Matt Brown

Image from Matt Brown

Could there be a more British way to celebrate Independence Day than with a pub crawl? Join the London Party Pub Crawl at London’s Tiger Tiger from 7pm on 4th July to visit four venues across the city. Free shots, beer pong and lots of dancing are on the agenda, with tickets ranging from £12.50 to £25.

Visit the house of a founding father

Image from  Elliott Brown

Image from Elliott Brown

Benjamin Franklin, known as ‘The First American’, lived at London’s 36 Craven Street for sixteen years. The Grade I listed building is the only surviving former residence of the founding father and now serves as a museum close to Trafalgar Square. Book onto a guided tour to see the house in all its glory and catch the Historical Experience show at select times throughout the afternoon.

How will you be celebrating Independence Day? Let me know in the comments.