The Fourth of July is considered the nation's birthday and every year, it's a big party, minus the gifts! July 4th, 1776 is the day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the US Continental Congress. It's a national holiday so expect to see government offices closed and fireworks for sale everywhere.
Au pairs aways ask where the fun is for the holiday. The best (and safest!) places to see fireworks locally are at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill and Durham Bulls Park in Durham. This photo is from the daytime parade in Carrboro, my personal favorite.
You will see lots of American flags waving, more so as we get closer to July 4th. Did you know that the flag was not adopted until a year later, on June 14th, 1777? "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." At that time, the country was made up of 13 states.
Enjoy a safe and fun holiday au pairs and host families!