You can watch fireworks in pretty much any American city on the Fourth of July, but there are only so many places you can celebrate the 238th anniversary of our patriotic rejection of British colonial rule – the Declaration of Independence – by floating trash down a river, demonstrating your prowess with a chainsaw, or just hanging with Willie Nelson. So if you’re looking for the best (and most uniquely American) ways and places to spend the Fourth this year, look no further.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - Coney Island, N.Y.
Long before competitive eating became a money sport, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest was challenging average folks with uncommon tolerances to celebrate their independence by cramming as many processed meat products down their throats as possible in ten minutes. And whether it began in 1916, as legend claims, or in the 1970s as skeptics would have you believe, the illustrious tradition, like our country, stands strong.
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