Celebrate the Birth of Our Nation in Style—On a Charter Bus
It’s the 4th of July—time for parades, picnics and pyrotechnics. On the day we celebrate our national independence, everyone at BusRental.com hopes that you and your loved ones have a safe, relaxing and fun-filled day. Whether you took a vacation day on Monday, or you’re just breaking up the work week with a day off, take the time to be with friends and family. It’s what the holiday is all about.
The History of Independence Day
Independence Day finds its roots in the Declaration of Independence, penned by Thomas Jefferson and others in 1776. Technically, the 13 colonies legally separated from England on July 2, 1776, when members of the Second Continental Congress approved Richard Henry Lee’s proposal to declare the fledgling nation independent of foreign rule. The proposed Declaration of Independence, however, was debated for two days before being ratified on July 4,1776. Though a number of the signatories, including Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, claimed that they signed the declaration that day, historians generally agree that the actual documents was signed at least a month later.
Americans began celebrating Independence Day the very next year, as parades, fireworks and speeches were all part of a celebration in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777. Five years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts became the first of the 13 colonies to recognize July 4 as a state holiday. In 1870, Congress passed a law making July 4 an unpaid federal holiday. Nearly 70 years later, in 1938, Congress amended the law, making July 4 a paid holiday for all federal employees.
Some Great Ways to Spend the 4th of July
A lot of great traditions have grown around Independence Day—parades, festivals, fireworks displays. Here are some of the best:
Fourth of July Festivals
These festivals combine all the great things about our nation’s birthday, including fabulous food, parades, fireworks and other entertainment. In a poll conducted by USA Today, readers voted the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Brunswick, Georgia, as the top festival in the country. Nestled along the Atlantic Ocean just south of Savannah, Brunswick hosts the annual festival, which features free watermelon and a 30 minute fireworks display over Oglethorpe Bay. The Bristol Fourth of July, in Bristol, Rhode Island, commemorates the oldest celebration of the Independence Day, first held on July 4, 1777. Bristol’s parade is also the oldest in the country.
Independence Day Parades
Floats and marching bands, politicians and military units—the stuff that 4th of July parades are made of! The nation’s largest is arguably in Philadelphia, where more than 5,000 participants and more than a hundred floats pass through the city’s historic streets. Santa Cruz, California boasts the world shortest parade, just two blocks long, though the parade is said to last a couple hours.
The Best Fireworks Shows
At the end of the day—literally—there’s nothing like a great fireworks display to light of your life—and the sky. The Macy’s 4th of July fireworks in New York City are considered by many to be the best and biggest, with nearly 60,000 fireworks and more than three million spectators. The pyrotechnics on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. are also something you want to see live at least once in your lifetime—sources say nearly three quarters of a million people travel to the nation’s capital every year just to catch the fireworks. If you like music to accompany the light show in the sky, the Boston Pops Orchestra annually backs up one of the world’s largest fireworks displays.
Travel in Style This Summer with a Charter Bus Rental from BusRental.com
When you’re planning your summer vacation, consider a charter bus rental. Here are just a few of the great reasons to make a charter bus your preferred mode of travel:
- A charter bus offers safety and security—Our drivers undergo extensive training to ensure your safety. The limited access to our coaches also keeps you and your personal items safe and secure.
- The reliability factor—You won’t have to worry about a cancellation or delay with a charter bus. Our professional drivers will get you where you want to go, when you want to be there.
- A charter bus offers flexibility—You won’t have to choose from a limited number of prepackaged options—you decide where you want to go and when you want to be there. And you can change plans midstream, if necessary.
- A charter bus won’t break your bank—Our rates are far more affordable than other modes of ground transportation and you don’t have to worry about gas or parking expenses. With the money you save, you can bring home some great souvenirs.
- You can choose from a number of coaches—Whether it’s just a few friends or a crowd, we have the diverse fleet to meet your needs.
Happy Fourth of July from BusRental.com!
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