The following is a list of military discounts and events offered for Independence Day 2014. Please check back frequently as the list is updated.
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Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation and museums across the country. From Memorial Day (May 26, 2014) through Labor Day (September 1, 2014), thousands of museums, art centers, and exhibits are offering free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families.
Brick House Tavern + Tap will honor active and retired military and their families with a 50% discount off all meal tickets on July 4, 2014.
All military personnel (past and current with valid ID) will be admitted to California's Great America for free and can bring up to 6 guests for a discounted price for the weekend of July 4 - July 6, 2014.
Carowinds amusement park in North Carolina is offering free admission to any active, inactive or retired service members with a valid ID on July 4-5.
Active, retired and honorably-discharged members of the Armed Forces will receive complimentary admission to Cedar Point Monday through Sunday, June 30-July 6, 2014. Family members also receive a special discount on Cedar Point admission.
Active duty and retired military receive free admission to Crayola Experience 4th of July Weekend, July 4, 5, and 6, 2014. Military dependent ID will receive standard everyday military discount.
Grizzly offers active, veteran and retired military personnel 5% off your order placed between July 4th and July 18th, 2014.
All veterans are eligible for Home Depot's 10% military discount on July 4th with a DoD-issued ID, a DD214 or a Veterans Driver’s License.
The Kings Dominion amusement park in central Virginia is offering free admission for active, inactive or retired service members with a valid military ID on July 4 and 5, 2014. Please note this offer does not include family members.
All military members – active and retired -- will receive free admission to King’s Island, and amusement and water park in Ohio July 3-6, 2014. They are also offering discounted tickets for family members.
Lowe's is offering their 10% military discount to military personnel in active, reserve or retired status, as well as retired veterans and those receiving VA benefits on July 4th.
Major League Baseball
Many major league baseball teams offer military discounts throughout the season. Some teams, like the Washington Nationals, are also celebrating military members on the 4th of July. Click here to see if your favorite team is offering a military discount.
Michigan’s Adventure is offering military personnel of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve a free admission on July 3-4, 2014. In addition, military personnel may purchase up to six additional tickets for family members at a discounted price.
The Naples Zoo in Florida is offering free admission to all active and prior service personnel July 4-7. Plus, adult and child guests can also purchase tickets at $2 off regular Zoo admission during the weekend.
All weekend long for the 4th of July, active military members, veterans and their families receive discounted admission to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
This one doesn't fall on July 4th, but it's a great deal if you can wait a week. Six Flags Magic Mountain is hosting a Military Appreciation Day picnic on July 12, 2014 with an all-you-can-eat buffet, discounted passes to the park, and a free ticket to Hurricane Harbor.
Valleyfair amusement park in Minnesota is offering free admission during their Military Appreciation Days July 3, 4, 5 and 6. This includes both active duty personnel and veterans, and discounted tickets are available for immediate family members.
Active duty, retired military and National Guard and Reserve receive complimentary admission to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City on July 4, 2014. Military personnel can also purchase discounted tickets for their immediate family.
The National Independence Day Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units and patriotic floats. It's a great start to a full day of Fourth of July events. The parade starts at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street.
"A Capitol Fourth" is a free, 90-minute concert hosted by Tom Bergeron and features the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m.
The National Archives, home of the original Declaration of Independence, kicks off their Fourth of July celebration at 10 a.m. with a ceremony that includes a presentation of colors, patriotic performances and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., family activities are scheduled, including appearances by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and other historical figures from 12-2.
One of the largest Independence Day fireworks display is held on the National Mall. See live performances on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before the fireworks show.
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The 38th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks returns to the East River and lights up the night from the Brooklyn Bridge. The fireworks may be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River. Performers include Enrique Iglesias, Ariana Grande and Lionel Richie.
The annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan’s Famous will take place on Brooklyn’s Coney Island. Entertainment begins at 10 a.m. The women’s contest begins at 11:30 a.m., and the men’s contest begins at 12:40 p.m.
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