Stand up, salute your country, wave your mini flags and get your American on this Thursday! Even when you are miles away from home, there’s no reason to miss out on some fun Independence Day festivities. Live your American Dream at Hong Kong’s theme parks, restaurants, clubs and standup comedy venues, all of which are hosting bright and lively July 4th celebrations to commemorate the birth of the US!
Ocean Park Summer Splash
For a fun day reliving the revolutionary period before America became independent, join your family and friends in a water war at Ocean Park’s Summer Splash! Battle it out with water guns in the Aqua Battle Zone, or enter the laser tunnel and target your opponents the high-tech way. For an extra dose of all-American fun, throw yourself down Ocean Park’s eight-metre Slip ‘n’ Slide aisle and have a real hillbilly of an afternoon.
When: June 29th to August 25th
Where: Ocean Park, Aberdeen
How Much: Adult ticket HKD$280, Child ticket HKD$140
For more information, visit the Ocean Park website.
Fireworks at Disneyland
If you find yourself missing the booming bright lights of the US July 4th fireworks, make your way to the city’s mini-America, otherwise known as Disneyland! This Thursday, the night sky around the happiest place in Hong Kong will be filled with sparkling stripes and stars to commemorate Independence Day and all things USA. Even from across the globe you’ll be able to enjoy a memorable and patriotic spectacle in the sky.
When: Thursday, July 4th, 9.30pm
Where: Disneyland, Sunny Bay
How Much: HKD$450 for 12–64 year-olds, HKD$320 for 3–11 year olds, HKD$100 for 65s and above
For more information, visit the Disneyland website
Jokes for July
End a day of celebration with a few giggles among friends. If you fancy a taste of some good old-fashioned American humour, be sure to check out TakeOut Comedy’s standup showdown of US comedians, including Pete Grella, Ryan Hynek, Garron Chiu and many more.
When: Thursday July 4th, 9pm
Where: TakeOut Comedy, B/F, 34 Elgin Street, Central
How Much: HKD$50 – HKD$100
For more information, visit the TakeOut Comedy website.
Thank F*ck It’s Thursday Presents: Red White and Blue
Celebrate Independence Day with the Red, White and Blue party at PLAY this Thursday. Giving you the all-American experience, club Play will provide colourful cotton candy stands, tasty chilli poppers and deliciously devilish fishbowls to revellers. So come dressed to impress as your favourite American hero and dance the night away alongside Marilyn Monroe and Captain America. Complimentary cocktails will be served until midnight for all lucky ladies.
Where: Club Play, 1/F On Hing building, On Hing Terrace, Central
When: Thursday, July 4th, 10pm – till late
Dress Code: American Heroes
For more information, visit the Play website.
The Langham Hong Kong is All About Beef
What says “I love America” more than chomping down on a juicy piece of meat? Treat yourself to some Independence Day steak as Nebraskan rancher Steven Hansen rolls out his ‘All About Beef’ menu at The Langham Hong Kong hotel. So sit back, relax and bust a gut for your country with a top-tier US Steak & Wine Dinner fit for a president.
When: July 4th – 10th, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Where: The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Rd, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
How Much: HKD$928 including wine pairing
For more information, visit the Langham Hong Kong website.
Extend the Celebration
If your belly’s still aching for beef after your July 4th fill, there’s plenty of opportunity to get the meat sweats throughout the rest of the month with the city-wide US Bone-in-Beef promotion. Hong Kong restaurants, including Bistecca Italian Steak House, Craftsteak, BLT Steak, Prime Steak House, Tango, Manzo and Carnevino, will be running the steak-centric menu for the whole of July. Now that’s what we call freedom!