The biggest proportion of people making a 4th of July getaway are planning to start their trip on the afternoon of the Friday before the 4th, June 29th. More than half of all travelers are expected to depart over the course of that weekend, but the second biggest cohort will be staying at home until July 3rd, the day before the 4th. No matter when you go, roads around major 4th of July destinations like Philadelphia (where the 4th of July was first celebrated , way back in 1776!), Boston, and Washington DC, location of the National Independence Day Parade, are likely to be extremely congested, so allow plenty of time to get to where you want to be.
Almost every city and town all over America has some kind of 4th of July celebration, with parades, fairground attractions and plentiful BBQ, but fun as these are, there is no better all-American place to spend the nation’s birthday than in the heartland: Hannibal, Missouri. Here in the hometown of writer Mark Twain, two hours north of St Louis, the traditional 4th of July activities and events take place as part of Tom Sawyer Days, a week long festival of fun and games inspired by Twain’s fictional creations. Unique events include raft races on the river, a frog jump, and a fence-painting competition, remembering the scene where Tom Sawyer persuades his friends to do his chores for him and even to pay for the privilege.
Wherever you go, have a happy Independence Day.