More than 6 million Americans live outside of the United States. When so far away from home, what’s an expat to do when the Fourth of July rolls around? There are no baseball games, days off of work or buckets of chilled beer awaiting the American abroad. If you’re feeling a little homesick for parades, picnics and fireworks, here are the best places around the world to celebrate U.S. independence:
Milan, Italy | Backpack your way through Europe all the way to Italy just in time for a Fourth of July celebration. The museum La Triennale di Milano hosts a party that features your favorites from home. Hamburgers, beer and a free tour of the museum is given in English to partygoers.
London | It might seem odd to celebrate America’s independence from the U.K. in the U.K., but London has one of the biggest expat communities in the world. Bond together with your country comrades over champagne at founding father Benjamin Franklin’s British home or head to Portman Square Garden where traditional fare like hot dogs are served and patriotic music plays in the background.
Mannheim, Germany | A whole festival is dedicated to both Germany and America in this city near the Rhine River. The German-American Summer Fest is a weeklong celebration including karaoke, fireworks, food, drinks and live entertainment that will make you feel like you’re at your favorite neighborhood bar back in the U.S.
Shanghai, China | This mega-metropolis full of American expats celebrates the Fourth of July with a taste of the Lone Star State. A Texan theme makes these U.S. celebrations the biggest and boldest with a kick of signature Southwest attitude. Line dancing, barbecue and beer are lined up with a grand finale of what China does best, fireworks.
Rebild, Denmark | Rebild becomes America’s 51st state on the Fourth. The city has had the largest Fourth of July party outside of the U.S. for the past 101 years. Danes and Americans come together with both nation’s flags flying high and a rousing rendition of the national anthem complete with an American high school marching band.
Philippines | The Philippines have put a twist the holiday to make it their own, but Americans will have fun participating in as well. July 4 is Filipino-American Friendship Day, commemorating the official U.S. recognition of Philippine independence.
Paris | Sidle up to the bar at Harry’s New York Bar and order two American favorites, a sidecar and bloody Mary, both of which were invented at the establishment. Maybe it’s these cocktails that gave Gershwin the creative kick he needed to compose An American in Paris, which he did in this bar. The experience is topped off with the perfect touch of nostalgia as collegiate flags cover the wall. Spot your alma mater and pass on collegiate regales to your Parisian friends.
Make Your Own Party | If you can’t find a celebration to fulfill your patriotic pride, create one of your own. Host a barbecue complete with red, white and blue to show your foreign friends everything there is to love about the U.S. of A.
If you’re staying in the U.S. for the holiday, celebrate it at one of these patriotic places to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in the U.S.
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