Independence Day is like Christmas - one of those holidays that bounce around the calendar, fixed to a date instead of a specific day of the week. Whereas the Memorial and Labor Day holidays are always good for a three-day-weekend, July 4th is a turn of the roulette wheel - you never know when the holiday is going to land.
Wednesday is my least favorite of the options.
Even a Tuesday or a Thursday are easy to squeeze out into four-day weekends. A Monday or Friday are golden (with the latter being my ultimate favorite). Saturday and Sunday both give way to federally observed days before or after.
Squeezing the holiday between the middle of the week does not bode well for celebrating.
Yes, Wednesday is full of woe.
Thankfully, you don't have to cash in this holiday and call it a crap shoot. The good guys and gals at Yelp are throwing a free shindig and everybody is invited.
Yelp's Independance Day Party is a celebration complete with free food and cocktails, live music and the good ol' Stars and Stripes, all unfolding at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
From 8 to 10 p.m., you can enjoy live music from five different bands and spinning tunes from Nxtlvl Artists.
There will be karaoke in the NURFC auditorium, a photo booth and caricature artists, and 20 food and bar sponsors to fill you up on Fourth of July vittles.
And the Freedom Center has a brand new exhibit on protest songs to get you in the mood - showcasing everything from slave spirituals to rock n' roll.
The event will conclude with an amazing firework display shooting off at nearby Sawyer Point.
To attend, you just have to RSVP here.
OR, you can enter to win one of five pairs of VIP passes for the event, allowing you to skirt around the hoi polloi and join the party an hour earlier at 7 p.m.
There are several ways to enter:
- Leave a comment below sharing your favorite 4th of July picnic item
- Share this blog post on your Facebook page and tell me you did so in the comments below
- Share this blog post on Twitter and tell me you did so in the comments below
- Subscribe to my blog's RSS feed and tell me you did so in the comments below
The contest closes at 3 p.m. Monday, July 2. Five winners will be randomly selected and will have 24 hours to email firstname.lastname@example.org and share with me their email address.
Disclosure: The good people at Yelp have graciously provided me with a pair of VIP tickets.
The Fine PrintAll entrants must be residents of the United States and 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law. You must enter by Monday, July 2 3 p.m. EST. Entries must be posted in the comments of this post only. Your odds of winning are based on the number of entries. By entering, you provide me with the right to use your name in publicity materials and to use your email address to contact you, and to provide your name and address to my sponsors. I am not responsible for emails that bounce or lost mail. I reserve the right to disqualify any entry that contains defamatory or obscene language or otherwise does not abide by the rules. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, I will pick another winner until one responds.
See you there!
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Such a wonderful event just as I move away...again! You're making me miss Cincinnati. I hope that you have a great time and at least there's a bright spot in the middle of the week!
Brownies are my favorite picnic item.
I love summer picnics! Watermelon (with salt, of course) is my favorite picnic item!
I RT'ed your post! @jarjoh
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