Good mood, good food, good fun and an unfaltering set of values behind it all – that is the basis of every festivity that brings out the true American spirit. Throughout the year, there are several dates reserved especially for celebrating these values, but these 5 are probably the most prominent and hold a special place in every American’s heart.
One of the most visually stunning festivals in America is the Portland Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon. Imagine the warm month of June, beautiful Portland and millions of flowers and countless smiles all around you and you will imagine this amazing festival created to promote Portland.
The centerpiece of the festival is the Grand Floral Parade and it gathers more than 500,000 spectators along the route. Equally mesmerizing is the Starlight Parade which is the “electric fun for everyone” consisted of numerous marching bands and illuminated floats that light up the night. The main focus of the festival is celebrating community values, as they say, such as patriotism, environmentalism and volunteerism.
2. 4th of July
Probably the most iconic American holiday, and the National Day of the United States is Independence Day or 4th of July.
Being the holiday that celebrates tbe adoption of the Declaration of Independence, it is the ultimate day to celebrate freedom which Americans across the continent do every year.
Parades are usually held in the morning all over the country, while the evening is reserved for spectacular fireworks. Since it’s a day off, families gather for this occasion, go out for a picnic or barbeque, or go for a trip. The whole country is bursting with red, white and blue colors and as you watch the fireworks you can hear and sing patriotic songs, and even enjoy a drink or two.
Taking place during the first two weekends in October, the National Apple Harvest Festival is a breakaway from the chaos of the city. It is something you should experience at least once in your lifetime. You can imagine how a festival that takes place near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the fall and celebrates food and music can be a perfect weekend getaway.
Not only is the festival home to everything you can make from delicious apples, but also to other excellent homemade dishes such as pies, dumplings, pretzels, soup and numerous other choices. You can also enjoy beautiful crafts and visit some of the attractions, such as Orchard Tours, the Apple Auditorium, Petting Zoo and many others. It surely is a unique experience.
One of the festivals with the longest tradition, Fiesta San Antonio celebrated 125 years of existence this year. It all started as a celebration to honor the memory of fallen soldiers in the Battle of San Jacinto and the Alamo, but now it’s a festivity that attracts 3 million people and takes place all around the city.
The biggest parade is the Battle of Flowers which is the only one in the country planned and produced entirely by women. The Fiesta Flambeau Parade is the second largest parade at the festival and it includes cars, floats, horses and dancers decorated by thousands of lights. The celebration lasts for 17 days and it’s well worth visiting for its amazing atmosphere.
5. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Probably the most popular Thanksgiving Day Parade famous across the planet is the one happening in New York City every year. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features around 30 floats with numerous giant character balloons, not to mention other balloon decorations, balloonicles and balloonheads.
More than 2,500 participants, including clowns, cheerleaders and dancers entertain 3 million people coming to watch them but also 44 million viewers watching it live on TV. But the most extravagant parade in the country wouldn’t be complete without dozens of the biggest names in music performing live at the event every year; Kanye West, Avril Lavigne and Kylie Minogue are just some of them.
If you’re in New York for Thanksgiving Day, before stuffing your face with delicious turkey, make sure to head out to Manhattan for an unforgettable taste of the American holiday spirit.