If you have an irrational fear of fireworks like I do, then you are probably on the lookout for alternative ways to celebrate your Independence Day. Ya know, something equally as fun with way less gun powder. After the jump, four awesome Fourth of July celebrations that don’t involve fireworks. Because we’re free to choose to boycott fireworks, darn it!
- 19th Annual Freedom Swim. You can’t really go wrong with some swimming. In Florida’s Gulf Islands you can join the annual Freedom swim across the Peace River. It’s literally a freedom swim. There’s no fees, no rules, no winners.You can show up for a leisurely swim, float on a brightly colored foam noodle, or paddle in an inflatable raft across 1.5 miles of river. Sounds liberating.
- Ancients & Horribles Parade. If you want to get political on the Fourth, head down to Glocester, Rhode Island to and get your spoof on. The annual Ancients & Horribles Parade allows you the opportunity to lampoon local and national politicians. The parade first wound its way down Main Street in 1926 and has continued to make people laugh every year since. I bet there will be a lot of Sarah Palins down there.
- Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. If food is your thing, you may want to get your buns over to Nathan’s annual Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. If you don’t live in the New York City area, you can always catch it on ESPN. Yeah, really.
- Makinac Island Stone Skipping Contest. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones, but people who live in Michigan should head over to Makinac Island and enter the annual Stone Skipping and Gerplunking festivities. Simply because the word gerplunking is amazing.