6 very american events to attend while in the US
There is a misconception that the US lacks it’s own culture. But there is very much an American culture; it is just sometimes hard to define because of diversity and size of the country. However, there are some unifying events that almost everyone participates in. Check these 6 very american events to attend while in the US.
Tailgating combines some of America’s favorite pastimes, sports, beer, and barbequing. A tailgate is literally the back end of a truck that can be laid flat so you can sit on it. Tailgate parties are generally in a large sunny field and coincide with a big sports match, probably of the American football variety. Everyone sits on the back of their truck drinking beer, in full sports jerseys, and barbeques hotdogs. It is a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Every summer, each state and often each county, hosts a huge State Fair for a couple of weekends. It is a combination of carnival rides, games, exhibitions, concerts, and fattening food. Thousands of people flock to the fairs with their children in tow to eat deep fried Twinkies and deep fried butter and deep fried pickles. Yes, everything is deep-fried. You can go on carnival rides like the merry-go-round and Ferris wheel, and also watch D-list celebrities and singers on stage. The exhibitions are generally whose of local agriculture. For example my county fair has apple and pumpkin exhibitions as well as the rodeo and sheep dog trials.
Super Bowl Parties
The Super Bowl in February is one of the biggest events in the US. Companies pay millions upon millions for 30 second TV spots and almost every house in the US hosts a Super Bowl party. While I personally don’t watch football, I have nevertheless been to many of these parties. It usually involves, like many activities, beer, barbequing, and a lot of yelling at the TV.
Saint Patrick’s Day
Believe it or not, the US actually has the biggest Saint Patty’s day celebrations in the world, even bigger than Ireland itself. New York and Boston Massachusetts have some of the largest Irish diaspora, and the most extreme Irish pride. They also have the largest parades and parties. In fact, all major cities in the US host huge Saint Patty’s day events. Be prepared for a lot of green, and for a lot of drunkenness.
Happy hour is from 4-5pm until 6-7pm Monday through Friday and is primarily for business professionals, although anyone can enjoy it. Bars and restaurants have special deals on hors d’oeuvres and drinks and it is customary for many offices to go out after work. If you go to any bar in a financial district of a large city around 5:30pm on a weekday you will see men and women in suits sipping cocktails. While it is not mandatory like in some countries to go out with your colleagues, it is definitely a good way to network.
Halloween is not an afterthought in the US. Halloween is huge, often spanning multiple weekends if it lands on a weekday. You will see festivities the weekend before and after, especially if you are in a college town. Halloween is not just for children, everyone gets involved and people spend time and money finding the perfect costume, decorating their offices and houses, and joining spooky parties. There are also great haunted houses and horror houses to visit, pumpkins to carve, and children to scare.
What do you think about this 6 very american events? Which is your favourite?