Although many international students go home during summer break, there are plenty of students who stay in the U.S. for summer classes, internships, or just to enjoy time with friends or traveling around the rest of the country. If you’re looking for something to do this week, what better way than to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th?
If you’re unfamiliar with the United States Independence Day, check out the post we wrote last year explaining “Why, How and Where America celebrates it!” As we mentioned, going to watch fireworks is a popular way to celebrate the Fourth of July. We’ve put together a list of the best fireworks shows in U.S. cities that are also some of biggest destinations for international students to study.
1. New York City, New York
New York City, including the surrounding suburbs, boasts an international student population of 65,000 – the most in the entire country. The Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show is a huge event for the city and one not to be missed! This year’s show will feature the Brooklyn Bridge and also marks the 35th anniversary of the annual July 4th celebration.
2. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles comes in at a close second in the rankings with almost 59,000 international students. There are plenty of celebrations to attend in this vibrant city, but the largest fireworks show happens at Americafest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
3. Boston, Massachusetts
Known for being a college town, Boston hosts about 43,200 international students each year and is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July. The state of Massachusetts is the site of many significant historical events leading up to U.S. independence. For the Fourth, we suggest heading over to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River to watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.
4. San Francisco, California
San Francisco is the second city representing the West Coast in the rankings, with over 36,000 students coming from around the world to study in the City by the Bay. For locals and tourists alike, the best July 4th celebrations are at Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can also sign up for a cruise to view the fireworks show from the water.
5. Chicago, Illinois
The greater Chicago area attracts over 25,000 international students each year. To view the city’s official fireworks show, head down to Navy Pier. If you’d rather not get caught in the July 4th crowds or can’t make it to the show, Navy Pier has regularly scheduled fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and at 10:15 p.m. Saturday every week through the end of August.
Where and how will you be celebrating the Fourth of July this year? Tell us in the comments below! Or, let us know how you celebrate independence day or national day in your home country.