“So do they celebrate the Fourth of July in Italy?”
Yes, this was real question asked by one of my American friends the last time we skyped. I nicely explained what the Fourth of July was celebrating. (For those of you who aren’t sure it is day our forefathers told Britain to back off because America was now an independent country.) I
After the short history lesson, I told her, because there were so many American study abroad students, Florence had its own Fourth of July celebrations. Mostly in the age old American Fourth of July tradition – drinking.
Wanting to celebrate Independence Day in American style? Start your day with a big American Breakfast at the Diner.
Replace the European’s small croissant and shot of espresso with bacon, eggs, pancakes and a big pot of caffè Americano. Or come a little nearer to lunchtime or dinner and grab a hamburger, fries and a milkshake
While there are no fireworks, Florence’s sky still lights up.
Grab a portable meal, may I recommend the classic choices hamburger or hot dogs, and enjoy the colorful sunset from the steps at Piazza Michelangelo.
After the sky show ends, continue the party at any, or all, of the American bars around town.
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Celebrate how free you are as an American on the dance floors of Club TwentyOne. Doors open at 11:30 pm, rock the night away to American beats as the lights flash red, white and blue.
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Love to show your American pride in your attire? Don your brightest red, white and blue or stars and stripes and head over to Uncle Jimmy’s. You might blend into all their Fourth of July décor but no worries. You can stand out and do your country proud by winning any of the many games of beer pong or flip cup. Doors open at 6 pm.
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From 12 pm onward celebrate ‘Merica at their red, white and brews party. RSVP if you want a meal of wings, hamburger, hot dogs or pulled pork sandwhiches for 11 euros.