Celebrate the 4th in the Parks

Fireworks to Scare the DogsWho says history is dead? The 4th of July is more than just a day for the sound of exploding fireworks to scare dogs under the bed. It is a day to celebrate America's independence and history. That spirit of freedom, cultivated by our nation's forefathers, is kept alive in our parks. History may be close at hand if you live in one of these, our nation's biggest cities:

Washington, D.C. : National Mall
The 2006 annual Independence Day celebration of our nation's founding, continuing the tradition of day-long activities for all ages, with events designed to highlight freedom and diversity that will include a parade, the Folklife Festival, concerts, and fireworks, all taking place on and near national park land in the heart of the nation's capital. This year's theme is 'Living the American Dream.' Families visiting the nation's capital will have the opportunity to become signers of the Declaration of Independence at an interactive program, called 'The Signature Event,' suitable for all ages. This program takes place at the White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., with its entrance on the north side of the Commerce Department building. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a day of games, crafts and activities for both adults and children.

Boston, MA : Boston National Historical Park
Battle for Bunker Hill, July 04, 2006 - A guided walking tour of the route the Red Coats took to attack the patriots at Breed's Hill. Forty five minute tour departs at 2 pm from Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center (617) 242-5601

Philadelphia, PA : Independence National Historical Park
Let Freedom Ring Bell-Tapping, July 4, 2 p.m. - Let Freedom Ring Bell-tapping at Liberty Bell Center, 6th & Chestnut Street. Let Freedom Ring is a nationwide celebration honoring those who helped achieve our country's independence during the American Revolution. The celebration includes a wide variety of entertainment, including a Children's Parade, inspirational speeches and a ceremonial tapping of the Liberty Bell. For more information go to www.let-freedom-ring.org.

St. Louis, MO : Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Historic Fourth of July Celebration At the Old Courthouse - In honor of Independence Day, the Old Courthouse at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial presents a Historic Fourth of July Celebration from Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Against a backdrop of 19th Century patriotic decorations, visitors will'become a part of history' at the Old Courthouse, 11 North Fourth Street, in downtown, St. Louis.

For a list of more events, visit: NPS 2006 Independence Celebrations