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.
St. Paul Rodeo - St. Paul, Oregon
Just when you thought Oregon was all lumberjacks and Portland hipsters, a bunch of cowboys show up and change your silly preconceived notions. The St. Paul Rodeo is one of the nation’s elite competitions, and this year’s edition will dole out $500,000 in prize money to cowboys in various competitions. The event also includes a tack room saloon and BBQ cook-off for those not inclined to make it a full eight seconds on a one-ton bull.
Credit: Courtesy St. Paul Rodeo