4 Quintessentially American Things To Do On The 4th

While away from home on the most American holiday.

UNSPLASH frank mckenna

No matter where you are in the world, I’m a firm believer that if you’re traveling or living or working in a foreign country, you should try to immerse yourself in the culture and customs of the country in order to get a larger perspective of the world and where you fit into it. That being said, we all deserve to have those moments of yearning for our home country and the classic favorites that remind you of the past. If that is your current case for the upcoming 4th, I give you the following list of quintessentially American activities to patriotic sweet tooth no matter where you are.

1. Go on a road trip

America is known for its long roads and its relatively spread out cities that lend itself well to travel by car. If you find yourself a little homesick abroad,, and are looking for a good way to spend the 4th of July weekend, take a trip to a nearby town or monument you’ve been meaning to see. Find an open road and a Fleetwood Mac playlist, roll down the windows, and you’re good to go!

2. Bake chocolate chip cookies

When you’re craving something American but don’t want to spend a fortune (I’m looking at you, 10.50 euro box of Cap’n Crunch), the best route to go is to bake something simple that reminds you of home. With only around 9 ingredients that usually won’t run you more than you’d spend on lunch, chocolate chip cookies are the go-to. Just be careful of measurement and temperature conversions!


3. Play a game of baseball

Get outside, get some exercise, and spread the fun of America’s favorite pastime. All you need is some good-spirited friends, an open field, a ball and whatever you can find to use as a bat.

4. Host a BBQ

2014 shall forever be known as the year that the US has finally (and thankfully) been de-throwned as the world’s fattest country, so what better time than the present to celebrate with a feast?! Grab some steaks, beers, watermelon, and whatever substitute for s’mores ingredients your country offers and fire up the ol’ grill (or bonfire).

Article written by Meredith Todd.

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