July 4: National Parks Celebrate America’s 235th Birthday


On July 4th, the United States will turn 235 years-old, and The National Park Foundation recommends celebrating our nation’s birthday in one of its nearly 400 beautiful national parks.

Here are the National Park Foundation’s top 10 recommendations for celebrating America’s 235th year:

COLORADO Colorado National Monument Come on out on July 4 and watch in amazement as rock climbers scale the Independence Monument (pictured above) and commemorate Independence Day by raising the American flag on the top of the monument, the tallest free-standing rock formation in the park. Enjoy patriotic music resonating throughout the canyons. Ice cream social to follow. Event starts at10:30a.m.MT.

KENTUCKY – Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park – Gather round to hear Saxton’s Cornet Band in the park on July 4 at 11:00a.m.ET.

MARYLAND – Antietam National Battlefield – Treat yourself to the beautiful sounds of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s “Salute to Independence” concert on July 2. Concert starts at 7:30p.m.ET. Fireworks at approximately 9:45p.m.ET.

MASSACHUSETTS – Adams National Historical Park –Get the inside scoop on the political climate 235 years ago! Come on down to Adams National Historical Park for “Down and Dirty Politics: 1776 Style” to learn how a strange, secret alliance of upscale gentlemen and rowdy street organizers bought about the Declaration of Independence. 1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m.ET. Beale House Lawn, located at 181 Adams Street. Street parking is available.

MISSOURI Ozark National Scenic Riverways –The “Alley Independence Day Celebration” will be held on July 2 at Alley Spring. This event commemorates the traditional “picnic” celebrations held at Alley Spring across the turn of the twentieth century, when Alley was the social center for families in the surrounding area. Activities will include musical entertainment, old fashioned games and contests, and demonstrations of traditional Ozark skills.

NEW YORK St. Paul’s Church Enjoy a traditional July 4 th celebration featuring music, speeches, refreshments, reading of the Declaration of Independence, and tolling of the historic St. Paul’s church bell – 13 times. Event starts at 10:30a.m.ET.

PENNSYLVANIA – Valley Forge National Historical Park Join Park Rangers for a living history demonstration at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts on July 4. Enjoy children’s craft activities and a traditionalFourth of July barbecue at the Visitor Center. 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.ET.

SOUTH CAROLINA – Cowpens National Battlefield – Fireworks and family fun! Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:00p.m.ET on July 2, two days before Independence Day. Music will be provided by the Spartanburg Community Band.

VIRGINIA George Washington Birthplace – Celebrate the 235th birthday of the United States with hands-on, colonial-themed children’s activities and costumed interpretation! 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.ET.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Mall and Memorial Parks – America’s biggest birthday party is taking place on July 4 on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Not only will the event feature incredible performances by some of the country’s best-known personalities and musicians, but it will also boast the most spectacular fireworks display.  Event starts at 8:00p.m.ET (gates open to the public at 3:00p.m.ET).

Many more exciting events have been planned across the country and can be found on the National Park Service website.

Find out more about the work of the National Park Foundation and how to keep national parks open at www.nationalparks.org.

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Tami Kennedy
Tami Kennedy5 years ago

And now our budget concerns are closing these federal wonders. Closing them to law abiding citizens will not protect them from criminal activity. Only remove the enforcement officials responsible for the park. Save money by removing more employees from the government payroll at the detriment to the American public.

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova5 years ago

Right you are, Yvette ...

Valarie S.
Valarie Snell5 years ago

Well said, Yvette T

Yvette T.
Past Member 5 years ago

Before the European invasion, this entire land was like a National Park. All living things free, open expanses....no poisons, no nuclear, no mining, no fences, no cattle, sheep, pig, chicken factory farms and land and life theft, roaming bison, prairie dog, wolf, bear....vistas, views. There were battles and kidnappings, but, the effects on Karma and Mother Earth were negligible compared to what is now our lot.

Dotti Lydon
Dotti L5 years ago

I should re-think my plans for this weekend.