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Fourth of July 2016: Best free events nationwide

Are you looking for something fun to do in your town this 4th of July, or are you considering venturing to a nearby city to celebrate? With all of the different events going on for Independence Day, picking one can be overwhelming. If you’re trying to save money, you can still go out without spending a dime. The following are some awesome (and totally free!) 4th of July events happening around the country:

What: Macy’s 4TH of July Fireworks

When: July 4, 2016

Where: New York, New York

What makes it great: Just when you thought New York City couldn’t light up anymore, this firework extravaganza—presented by Macy’s—is sure to dazzle and awe. Join in the festivities for the event’s 40th year, even if you can’t make it to the Big Apple—the display will be broadcasted live on NBC.

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What: 113th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days

When: July 1, 2016 – July 4, 2016

Where: Steamboat Springs and various locations, Colorado

What makes it great: The 113th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days is a true western extravaganza that will have you shouting “yeehaw!” Celebrate the 4th of July like you never have before by partaking in the event’s parade, rodeo, and rowdy block party. It all ends with a bang in Howelsen Hill with an impressive fireworks display.

Find out more: 113th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days


What: A Sarasota Fourth of July

When: July 1, 2016 – July 4, 2016

Where: Sarasota, Florida

What makes it great: Celebrate this Independence Day on Florida’s beautiful West Coast, and check out one of the many great (and totally free) events happening throughout the city of Sarasota. There’s so much going on, you won’t know where to begin! Check out the Annual Freedom Fest Parade in Longboat Key, or the 3rd Annual Myakka Kayaka 4th of July Jam Blast, which will feature live music and a kayak race. And of course, don’t forget the Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay, beginning at 9pm on the Fourth of July.

Find out more: A Sarasota Fourth of July


What: 13th Annual 4th of July Family Picnic

When: July 4th, 2016 11am – 4pm

Where: Seattle, Washington

What makes it great: Gather the entire family (even your well-behaved and leashed pets) and head to Cal Anderson Park this July 4th for a fun-filled family picnic day. From pie-eating contests to complimentary root beer tastings, there’s something for everyone at this event. There will even be free food!

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What: Fort Worth’s Fourth

When: July 4th, 2016, 2pm – 10pm

Where: Fort Worth, Texas

What makes it great: Boasting the largest firework display in northern Texas, this is one Independence Day celebration that can’t be missed. Enjoy flyboard and jet-ski shows, live music performed by Gary P. Nunn, and other festivities throughout the day and into the evening. Admission to this awesome festival is free, with VIP passes available for purchase.

Find out more: Fort Worth’s Fourth

Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

When: July 4th, 2016, Noon

Where: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

What makes it great: Free 4th of July fun is great and all, but the opportunity to win something, too? Even better. Taking place on Little Pigeon River, this friendly competition allows participants to enter with anything that will float, so get creative.

Find out more: Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta


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