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Fun and food make July a great time to get away

Not only is it red, white and blue this month with food, dancing and unique community celebrations across the country. What better way to celebrate America than by experiencing what makes it so unique? Between barbeques and firework displays, July is full of chances to get out and explore.

See where the tastes take you
Nothing brings people together quite like food does. From homegrown fruits to a whole festival dedicated to ice cream, America loves to celebrate with a bite to eat.

In the hear of July, nothing beats an ice cold treat. On July 28th, Atlanta wil celebrate its 8th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Fesitval. Celebrate America's favorite dessert with a handful of fun activities and live music.

If you prefer the sweet taste of cherries, head north to Traverse City, Michigan, where they host the National Cherry Festival. With over 150 events, there's something for everyone. Keep an eye on the sky with air shows and fireworks. You can also enjoy games, races, a parade and outdoor concerts. And of course, eat plenty of cherries!

Some of the best foods in America are the ones grown right here at home. Head to the heart of the country in McLoud, Oklahoma, where they are hosting one of the oldest festivals in the state. On July 6th and 7th, they will celebrate all things blackberries! Enjoy the blackberry parade and then sample everything from cobblers to soda and tea. They will wrap up the weekend with a royal pageany and a fireworks show.

Beer is no exception when it comes to bringing people together, and the Oregon Brewers Festival celebrates that with the longest-running craft beer festival in the country. From July 26-29, you can taste every blonde, Belgian and sour ale you want.

If you can't decide on just one thing, Bite of Seattle is perfect for you. This award-winning food festival puts the spotlight on over 60 restaurants and provides plenty of entertainment with live bands and cooking demonstrations.

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Cultural events add more spice to life
Celebrate African American artists in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 30th National Black Arts Festival. Part outdoor festical, and part art market — it's one of the best in the country! Explore Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta as well as all mediums of art, from painting, ceramics, glassblowing and more.

For a hometown feel, the Midwest has plenty to offer. July features the Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk near Chicago. This event has been put on by the Neighborhood Association for 50 years now and the proceeds support community schools and projects. View some of the best architecture in the country or stroll through gardens while enjoying live music.

Right next door in Indiana is another 50th celebration, the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a summer party that will be fun for the whole family.

If you're a fan of folk music and all things Americana, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival is for you! His hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, celebrates his influence with music and poetry. For four days the city fills with music at the six different venues and other community events.

If the spoken word is your art-form of choice, the Brave New Voices event in Houston, Texas, will be the perfect spot. Over 500 young and aspiring poets will present their work with performances, workshops, poetry slams and other community building events at the University of Houston.

Did you know that Seattle, Washington, has many Polish residents? Learn all about the Polish culture at the exhibits of Festál on July 7th and take a piece of it home in the market. Give mushroom hunting a try, and then relax with some Polish food.

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Witness something completely unique

Surf, sand and sculpting? Not exactly what comes to mind when you think of Boston, but drive less tahn an hour from downtown and you can witness a competition unlike any other. From July 20th to the 22nd, the Revere Beach Partnership is hosting the International Sand Sculpting Festival. From cartoon characters to historical recreations, these sculptures are sure to impress. And while the art takes shape, enjoy music, food trucks, and of course — the beach!

If the fun of your Independence Day celebrations leave you wishing for more, there are plenty of options. From coast to coast, Americans know how to have a good time. Whether you want to experience a new culture, or celebrate an American icon — Trailways can help you get there. Book your trip now and don't miss out.
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