Alternative things to do if youre not a fan of hotdogs, fireworks or immigration policy
Every Fourth of July, Americans gather in yards and on rooftops, congregating around grills full of meat and coolers full of beer, wearing tank tops and sunglasses while potentially burning themselves with fireworks. They do these things to celebrate America. Yet according to data from the Pew Research Center, only a third of millennials consider America the greatest country in the world a significant dropoff from gen-Xers (48%) and baby boomers (50%).
This year in particular if feels as though theres not that much to celebrate. Our trollish president has spent his first two long-feeling years in office alienating our allies and was just caught trying to goad Nato countries into paying him protection money like some kind of mob boss. On top of it all, Koko the gorilla, our greatest national treasure, is now dead. Its enough to make you reassess the totality of our nations history and only think about the bad parts of which there are many and reach the perfectly reasonable conclusion that our country is not worth celebrating at all and never has been.
This leaves us with quite the quandary: whats a young person to do on Americas birthday when America itself isnt much of a priority?
If you have the Fourth of July off, you might as well put your free time to good use. For some people, that could mean dedicating the day to something bigger than themselves. Others may want to go about their Fourth in a more-or-less normal way while tweaking the particulars to subvert the holidays patriotism. Or perhaps you just want to slack off and have a slight reprieve from life in America for just one day. Here are some suggestions some specific, some more general as to how to accomplish all that.
Party to fight Ice
Its hot on the Fourth of July, and you know what melts in the heat? Ice. And, if you happen to be in Philly, youve also got a chance to help melt Ice, aka Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose Philadelphia branch is one of the most active and actively protested in the country. Head to Ortliebs in Philadelphia for a night of dancing to the smooth sounds of the local house DJ Steve J while donating to Juntos, a local Latinx immigrants rights group dedicated to resisting Ice from every angle.
Go to a minor league baseball game
The greatest secret in all of sports is that minor league baseball games are way more fun than major league games. The tickets are cheap, the players are passionate, and all the teams have weird names like the New Orleans Baby Cakes and the Batavia Muckdogs. You can look up your local team here. Heres hoping your club is wearing their special Jar Jar Binks jerseys or throwing a George Costanza Appreciation Night.
Have your own Summer of George
Speaking of the short, stocky bald man, you and some friends could always try to recreate the classic Seinfeld episode The Summer of George and hit your citys disc golf (or, as George calls it, frolf) course. For bonus points, bring along a cooler full of the Summer of George cocktail, a variation of the mai tai that incorporates St George liqueur. (Also, if you do this, please drink lots of water, as it will be very hot out and mai tais are known to be dehydrating.)
Eat pickled eggs until you puke
According to data from the Freelancers Union, 47% of millennials are freelance workers, and by 2027, freelancers of all ages will make up a majority of the American workforce. And when youre freelancing, you cant always afford to give yourself the day off. One way around this problem, if youre in the Austin, Texas, area: youve got an opportunity to make $250 in five minutes. There is a catch, however, and that catch is youre going to have to go to the Haymaker on Manor Road eat a horrifying number of pickled eggs. The Haymakers Fourth of July Pickled Egg Eating Contest sounds like the exact sort of zany fun that this holiday was made for.
Get extremely high while playing bingo
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us