A few years back, I took a trip to the United States on the week leading up to the 4th of July and decided I should make it a theme holiday, going around to historic locations connected with the war for American Independence.
I picked up a car hire at Boston
Airport and quickly found my hotel, where the manager kindly informed me that, in order to make sure I didn't miss any historic goodies, I simply had to follow the Freedom Trail, a red brick path that guides you to most historic sites.
Not quite a yellow brick road, but close enough to catch my fancy. If only I had packed my ruby slippers... ;) It's worth noting that the tour was very kind on my budget. Most sites didn't have an admission fee, even though many asked for a small donation. I particularly liked Dorchester Heights, from where you get to admire Boston, as well as see the famous Harbour, where the revolutionaries dumped all that very pricey English tea. I also visited Faneuil Hall, sometimes called the Cradle of Independence, due to the fact some of the first speeches urging it were uttered inside its walls. Paul Revere House and the Old South Meeting House were also some of the places I remember the most from all those I visited. After Boston, I took my car hire to Philadelphia
, a city which also played a central role in American Independence. Independence Hall was an obvious stop, even if I wasn't such a big fan of the movie National Treasure! I also saw the famous Liberty Bell, and spent an afternoon exploring the Franklin Institute.
And even though it was a bit off my Independence theme, I also visited the home of Edgar Allan Poe, just because it was too good an opportunity to pass on! I was still in Philly on the 4th of July and it was a total riot! I attended a barbecue with some friends, watched a parade and admired the amazing fireworks all over the city! All in all, a totally unforgettable holiday!
What about you? Ever been on the US for the 4th of July? Tell us all about it!