Celebrating 4th of July at Home 

 Originally Written: July 4, 2011

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on July 4, 2011 by Hanna Trafford

The wonderful and diverse nation of the United States of America celebrates freedom and independence on every 4th of July. Thousands of events with barbecues, picnics, family gatherings, concerts and fireworks spectaculars take place all over the country. The people of United States celebrate with innovation and unique ideas and believe that the date of July 4th represents freedom. And that is freedom to be able to do what they want to and what they feel like doing.
If you are a person who doesn’t enjoy crowds and a lot of noise, there is a way you can enjoy the celebrations in the comfort of your home.
You can tune your TV set to NBC at 8 pm and enjoy the annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” – live from New York City. The show will feature live entertainment as well as incredible fireworks display.

Macy's 4th of July Spectacular

Check out PBS at 9 pm for a special – “A Capitol Fourth 2011” . This special show will feature what is shaping up to be an incredible concert with performances by Steve Martin, Josh Groban,  Matthew Morrison, Jordin Sparks, Little Richard, The National Symphony Orchestra and more.

Capitol 4th of July Celebrations


The one show you won’t want to miss is the annual “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” – you can catch it at 9 pm on CBS. Michael Chiklis will host the annual ceremony that combines fireworks with the music of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular

And how about tuning to Turner Classic Movies channel and enjoying the timeless classic “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. Definitely an old time favoured classic movie made in 1942 ,starring James Cagney.

Yankee Doodle Dandy - 1942 with James Cagney



Speaking of movies – here are the Top 10 movies to watch on 4th of July:
10. The Patriot
9. Top Gun
8. Iron Man
7. Rambo III
6. Team America: World Police
5. Red Dawn
4. 300
3. Air Force One
2. Letters from Iwo Jima
1. Independence Day
Whatever you decide to do – perhaps a combination of parade watching, a picnic in the park and a restful celebration in front of your TV – have a wonderful 4th of July!

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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