Ok, so American Independence day isn’t exactly a celebration made for the British. But if you love a big party and you’re fond of all things yank, this is a date you don’t want to miss. What better way to celebrate the summer than with American music, American food, and some American-sized fun? Here are some of the best 4th July events going on in the UK:
1. American Beer Festival
The Americans love their beer. If you appreciate a cold one, head to The White Horse on Parson’s Green in London for Independence Day weekend to try out some of the USA’s best. There’ll even be an American style BBQ and live music to get you in the American swing of things. Stay in our London Fulham hotel to enjoy the full three-day affair.
2. Rib-Eating Contest
There is nowhere in the world that does eating contests like the USA. Since 1992, the Big Easy restaurant in Chelsea has been honouring America’s independence with an eating contest of its own – involving the eatery’s delicious BBQ ribs. If you’ve got a stomach worth boasting about, this is the time and the place to show off its capacity. If not, the event promises to be quite a spectacle, and you can get some delicious food in more reasonable quantities while watching it.
3. American Museum’s BBQ
The American Museum in Bath will be celebrating the history of the USA with a big BBQ and live classic rock ‘n’ roll on 4th July. If you opt to stay locally at our Bath Central hotel, you can combine this event with the one the following day. On 5th July, the museum is having a great show celebrating the variety of twentieth-century American music, from the stage to the concert hall.
4. Benjamin Franklin’s Party
If when you think of the legends of America, you picture The Founding Fathers, instead of Ronald McDonald, this is the event for you. A sophisticated affair, with bubbly and cupcakes, this daytime event takes place in Benjamin Franklin House, which, as its title might suggest, is a building that Franklin once called home. What better setting for celebrating Independence Day than in the historic house of one of the men who made it happen? Book a room in our London Central Covent Garden hotel to combine this event with a long weekend in the capital.
5. Democrats Abroad Picnic
If you want to celebrate with the real Americans, Portman Square in London is the place to be on 6th July. The Democrats Abroad organisation will be hosting its annual picnic, with live music, American food, and even American-themed games for the kids all day. Over 1000 people attended last year, so it’s likely to be a big one.