How to Celebrate July 4th in a New Town

July 4th is right around the corner and, if you are anything like us, you are ready to celebrate!

But, what do you do if you are new in town? Summer is the busy moving season and that means a lot of families across the U.S. are going to be celebrating Independence Day in a new town. But that doesn’t mean new residents have to keep to themselves. July 4th can be a great way to get out into the community and meet new people!


If you are trying to find something to do, look no further. Here are some ways to get started.

Find an event. Almost every state and town has a tourism website that lists upcoming events.  This is the easiest way to find the local parade, fireworks show or even a town barbecue. State tourism sites all have different URLs, so it’s best to Google the state along with the word tourism to find the right site. Once on the site, it’s easy to drill down to specific cities, towns or regions.

Travel to a nearby city. There are some truly spectacular celebrations hosted in major cities all over the U.S. Some of the July 4th “hot spots” including Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Boston. If you are lucky enough to be close to one of these cities, this is a great opportunity to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here are the top 15 celebrations in the U.S. (based on 2011 performance).

Check-in with your house of worship. Churches, temples and other houses of worship often host July 4th BBQs for their members. Most institutions will have a website with event information. Others will have the information posted near the entrance of the building. Families who are looking to join a religious community in their new town will find that this is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

Ask your neighbors. If you are still unsure of where to go, ask your neighbors what they do! Most everyone will know about town events and will be happy to help.  You may even get an invitation to a neighborhood BBQ!

Throw a BBQ. If you are settled-in enough to grill, why not throw your own party? Better yet, invite your neighbors! Walk around the neighborhood and invite them personally – even if it’s just to stop by for a drink. This is a great way to meet the neighborhood in a friendly and casual way.

Know the rules about fireworks. Every state and town has different rules when it comes to owning and shooting off fireworks. If you are used to setting off your own fireworks on the Fourth of July, don’t just assume it’s allowed in your new location. Check out the American Pyrotechnics Association website for a list of states and their rules.

Moving internationally?  Here is a great article on how to celebrate July 4th while on international assignment.

As you can see, there is a lot to do on July 4th – even if you are new in town. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and enjoy new traditions.  However you decide to celebrate this year, we hope you have a great time!

Happy Fourth of July to all of our customers, friends and fellow agents!