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Stars, Stripes and Savings: From Traditional July 4th Getaways to Unique Celebrations

Stars, Stripes and Savings - Celebrate July 4thCelebrate Independence Day at some of America’s most historic and patriotic destinations! On July 4th, there will be fireworks displayed across the country whether it is on a pier, in the downtown area of your state or in the backyard of your homes (if the law permits). Aside from taking pride in the red, white and blue with the booming of fireworks and a hot dog or hamburger (whichever you prefer) at hand – some states have their own unique celebrations.

Boston Chowderfest
During the Boston Chowderfest, which takes place at the beautiful Harborfest, approximately 12,000 participants chow down to select the best chowder from Boston-area restaurants. The samples and style of chowder can vary from thin and soupy with minced clams, to hearty, thick and creamy chowder with potatoes. If you love chowder then this is a must-see event for you this Fourth of July.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (Brooklyn, New York)
Every year, Coney Island attracts many people in the New York summer heat to witness the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Marking its 95th year, contestants chomp down hot dog after hot dog in hopes of getting the famous Nathan’s Mustard Belt along with cash prizes. Also, when visiting Coney Island check out the attractions and historical sites in the great Brooklyn area.

Gettysburg Civil War Re-enactment
Marking its 147th re-enactment this year, the Gettysburg Civil War re-enactment takes place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. If you enjoy a little time travel and are a history buff, be sure to check out the re-enactment among other sites in Pennsylvania such as the iconic symbol of freedom, the Liberty Bell.

Pig War Picnic
Just off the coast of Washington State lie the San Juan Islands. Visit the Fourth of July Beach along Griffin Bay and don’t miss the annual Pig War Picnic, named for the so-called “Pig War” waged on the island between Brits and Americans in 1859. The picnic takes place on nearby Price Street, following the Fourth of July parade, and serves up equal parts burgers and hot dogs with good old-fashioned fun. Also, marvel at the gorgeous nature San Juan has to offer such as watching a Bald Eagle fly overhead, which is sure to put you into a stars-and-stripe state of mind.

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What’s Hot and Happening This Summer in New York City

Summer in the city: Window shopping down Fifth Avenue, sundresses and $5 sunglasses near Central Park, $2.25 ride on the train to cool things down and a $1 scoop of coconut ice from a cart pushed by a small elderly woman. What better place to be? There is not one day that passes where something is going on in New York City – whether it be the B-Boys by NYU or the following events, it’s all waiting for you.

The Belmont Stakes: June 5th
Held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, the Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, following five weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. Because of its distance and status as the race that can make or break a Triple Crown champion, the Belmont Stakes has been the venue for some of the most famous moments in American racing. For more information visit Belmont Stakes.

Internet Week: June 7-14
Internet Week New York is a week-long festival of events saluting New York’s thriving Internet industry and the many talented companies, organizations, and innovators creating the future of online media. Internet Week will kick off at the Hudson Theater and 3-Star Millennium Broadway Hotel at 8 am. HP will help commence Internet Week by hosting a conversation with some of the Web’s most innovative minds. For more information on where the different events will be taking place, visit: http://partners.internetweekny.com/schedule/list

Puerto Rican Day Parade: June 13th
Red, white and blue attire flooding the streets as “Que Bonita Bandera” is blaring from every store/fritter stand and any audible player. This sets up the scene for none other than the Puerto Rican Day Parade. The first parade was held on Sunday, April 13, 1958, in Manhattan, replacing the former Hispanic Day Parade. In 1995, the parade became incorporated as the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and expanded beyond the parade itself. The parade now hosts over seven major events throughout the city. The parade begins at 11 am running until 6 pm, marching along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street and includes delegates from various towns of Puerto Rico and U.S. states across the country. Those that have participated in the spectacular parade are Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Elvis Crespo, Marc Anthony and many other notable Puerto Ricans.

Lesbian and Gay Pride Week: June 19-27
Celebrate Gay Pride (June 19 to June 27, 2010) to honor what many consider to be one of the primary events in the history of lesbian and gay rights, the Stonewall Riots, which commenced June 28, 1969. In New York City, Pride celebrations center around five events: The Rally, PRIDEfest,The March, the Dance on the Pier, and Rapture on the River. The events all take place in the West Village, very close to the city’s other gay-popular neighborhoods like Chelsea and the East Village.

– The Pride Rally (6/19) takes place at Bryant Park

– RAPTURE: A Women’s Dance (6/26): occurs at Pier 54 featuring the music from top DJs, starts at 6 pm on and lasts until 11 pm.

– The March (6/27): Now in its 41st year, commences at noon on at 5th Avenue and 52nd Street and winds its way downtown to the intersection of Christopher and Greenwich streets. This is perhaps the must-see event of Gay Pride in New York City, drawing thousands of spectators.

– PRIDEfest (6/27): Held from 11 am until 7 pm along Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and W. 14th St.. The festive (and free) GLBT street fair features dozens of vendors, entertainers, and community organizations.

– The Dance on the Pier (6/27): Provides a grand finale for New York City Gay Pride. Thousands of GLBT revelers and friends congregate on Pier 54 (13th St. at the Hudson River) following the Pride March until a massive fireworks show at 10:30 pm. It’s one of the great gay Manhattan parties of the year.

Live for Today: Free Concerts at Rockefeller Center!
On Friday mornings (and a few other mornings) from mid-May through August, the Today Show hosts live performances on its Rockefeller Center stage. Access to the concerts is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis outside of the Today show’s Window on the World Studio at 49th Street and Rockefeller Center. Performances run from 7 – 10 a.m., so if you want to ensure a good spot, plan to arrive about 1-2 hours early, depending on the popularity of the act and the weather. This years line up includes: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Rascal Flatts and so many more!

NYC Restaurant Week: Summer 2010
New York City is blessed with thousands of fantastic restaurants. During Summer Restaurant Week (which stretches over two weeks) some of the very best offer three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners at a fraction of the normal cost. And when we say top restaurants, we really mean it. From the city’s finest French gourmet in Soho to great American slap-up meals in hip downtown eateries, innovative modernized Japanese cooking or a quiet lunch with dazzling river views, the possibilities are endless. Check out http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek for list of restaurants that will satisfy your taste buds and craving for a taste of the city life. Reservations can be booked a month in advance.

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