Go to the National Archives celebration and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, Washington DC
Escape to Club Getaway in Berkshire Mountains
Pig out (off-stage) at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island
It might seem like a lot of fuss over what are essentially oily meat logs on bread, but trust, once they start getting shoved into gullets, things get interesting. If you were hoping to compete in the competition, I’m sorry to say that all slots are taken– competitors have to undergo a handful of prerequisite rounds to qualify. The competition is broadcast by ESPN, so if you can’t make it down to the Island on Independence Day, you can still get your fill of this insane eating competition.
Play some mud volleyball at the Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal, Missouri
(Slowly) race lobsters in Bar Harbor Maine
You can actually bet on the lobsters, if you’re into that. But it’s really more about the fun of watching the lobsters wander around the track aimlessly while participants jeer and yell them on, crown the winner, and then hit the seafood festival afterward. And since the lobsters are donated from a local seafood store for the event and then taken back after, you’ll probably be chowing down on #1. For more information about the races, call the MDI YMCA at 207-288-3511.