Light those sparklers and don your red, white and blue because the good old U S of A is celebrating another year of independence! It's a time of BBQs, baseball, picnics, family reunions and celebrating by listing out the most American things to check out in America. So, without further ado ... Happy birthday, America!
An eternal symbol of the United States, you'd be hard pressed to find an American that doesn't own a flag in one form or another. Its 13 red and white stripes symbolise the original 13 colonies, while the 50 gleaming white stars represent all 50 states.
You can't get any more American than this and you can see one of the nation's most historic flags with a visit to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. The oversized national emblem by Mary Young Pickersgill that inspired the Star Spangled Banner is on display at the National Museum of American History.
Will Rogers Highway. Main Street of America. The Mother Road. It doesn't matter what you call Route 66, this stretch of highway is one of the most famous in the world. It also happens to be an American icon that continues to call to road warriors from around the globe. Running from Chicago to Santa Monica, it covers 2,451 miles of American soil and remains one of the best ways to pass through the heartland of the nation.
Statue of Liberty
A gift from France, Lady Liberty has become an icon of the US thanks to her position in New York Harbour. With her torch held high and chains of oppression at her feet, she became a symbol of freedom for arriving immigrants. Her famous green hue is so ingrained in her identity now that few people realise the statue is actually made of copper and was originally brown.
Proudly perched on 13.8 acres in Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland stands alongside the White House as one of the most famous homes in America. Belonging to the King himself, this opulent residence was turned into a museum of sorts upon Elvis Presley's death.
The home is open to tours, with fans from all over the world coming to get a glimpse into the personal abode of a musical legend. Notable rooms include the Foyer where Elvis would receive special guests, the Jungle Room complete with green shag carpets and the Trophy Building filled with gold and platinum records.
Star Spangled Banner
Sure to be on the lips of every American this 4th as the fireworks begin to burst in the night sky, the Star Spangled Banner is ingrained in the American identity. The lyrics came from Francis Scott Key's "Defence of Fort M'Henry", which was written after Key witnessed Mary Young Pickersgill's giant flag proudly waving after the British attack on Baltimore in 1814.
Cue music by John Stafford Smith and you've got yourself one heck of an anthem. As mentioned above, the original lyrics and flag can still be seen at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
Come one, come all and stuff your faces with as many hot dogs as you can possibly stomach. That's the premise behind Nathan's famous hot dog eating contest and it marks one of the most popular international competitions in the world. People come from all corners to see how many dogs they can down in 10 minutes. It's even a live TV event!
Joey Chestnut has been the reigning champ for the past eight years with a top score of 69 hot dogs (achieved in 2013). Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is held every 4th of July at Coney Island.
Disney may be international these days, but it all started in Anaheim, California in 1955. It is the only Disney park that was built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself and it holds a special place in the hearts of fans around the world. It's not called the 'happiest place on earth' for nothing. This sprawling theme park is for the young and the young at heart, thrilling with timeless characters, iconic rides and more mouse-themed souvenirs than you can shake a stick at!