961. The Declaration of Independence can be heard from the balcony of the Old State House in Boston during the holiday. What do you think it was like to hear the declaration read for the first time back in 1776? How might it have affected you?
962. Imagine that your family celebrated Independence Day like the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, by having an eating challenge! What food items would your family compete with, who is likely to win, and why?
963. In Newport Harbor, California, boat lovers unite to race patriotically decorated tugboats, classics, and more in a watery July 4th competition. What kind of boat would you use to race? What kind of training might you have to do to win?
964. Remembering the old-fashioned United States is easier in Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts, with the Stepping Back in Time Event. People dress in vintage costumes and take part in old-timey activities. What would you enjoy the most about such an event and why?
965. There's nothing quite like seeing a parade of red, white, and blue floats and flags making their way down a city street. What modern touches might you add to the old-school parade to make it exciting for a new generation? Would old-timers still enjoy it? Why or why not?
966. In Culpepper, Virginia, one July 4th tradition is the annual Greased Pig Chase. The person who catches the slippery swine wins a prize. How might such an event go over in your house and why?
967. One of the best places to view fireworks in the country during the festivities is Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota. How would you feel if someone carved your likeness into a mountain? What would your friends think and why?
968. Another Independence Day staple is a good, old-fashioned barbecue. Imagine that you had to entertain a group of vegans during the meat-friendly holiday. What would you cook and how would you still feel patriotic about the whole thing?
969. The United States contains several island territories, such as the U.S. Virgin Islands, and they celebrate the holiday just as much as it's celebrated on the mainland. What would it be like to celebrate July 4th on a tropical island? How would it be different and why?970. Describe what it might be like to experience the 4th of July 100 years in the future. How do you think traditions would change? Why would some of the methods of celebration become outdated?