What better place to celebrate the birthday of America than in one of our country's national parks? From sea to shining sea, there are loads of events — many of them free — at many of the 400 national parks. And the National Park Foundation has put together a list of its favorite options. Here are some of the best Fourth of July events taking place in national parks this week:
– Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
is holding cannon firing demonstrations to highlight the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It's also a good spot to watch the free firework show put on by the city of St. Augustine later that evening.
– Bandelier National Monument
is hosting its second annual naturalization ceremony in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
– The Statue of Liberty
, which has been closed since last fall's Superstorm Sandy, will reopen just in time for the Fourth of July.
– Fort Laramie National Historic Site
is hosting a family fun day complete with sack races and other games, a military flag raising ceremony, cannon firing, a 38-gun salute, performances by the equestrian drill team, and an 1876 parade recreation.