Independence Day 2013 in London

We might not BE American but we love a good party and we all know they do too. So alas, Independence Day is a good excuse to rip it up good and proper. Check out these parties… red cups at the ready.

These guys are taking things VERY seriously, and throwing a party from 12pm – 3am. Hell yes people that is 14 hours of American independence goodness. There will be cheerleaders, confetti cannons, fire shows, all American live music, BBQ goods and fairground freebies. That might seem a lot to cram in but boy do they have time. We definitely suggest you book this one.

The infamous hot dog eating competition is returning but this time in their brand spanking new joint. Up to 25 people will try and beat the 2012 champion who managed the insane amount of 19 hot dogs in 30 minutes (BarChick remembers all too well as she was one of the competitors!). It’s free entry until 9pm, with the competition starting at 7pm. Not into your dogs? They’ll have live DJs until 2am as well!

Decked out in stars and stripes with their resident band performing a strictly southern rock playlist. Keeping the celebrations quite stripped back and chilled, this is the perfect place to head down for some bourbon and beats. It is free entry before 9.30pm and only a fiver after with the band on at 10pm. Oh, and if you own an American passport you get free entry all night. Deal.

These guys aren’t celebrating on just one night, oh no. They’re going all out and having a whole weekend celebration and we say why the hell not?! Expect banners, their annual rib eating competition (yup, BarChick had a go at that one too) and some red, white and blue Margaritas to wash everything down. Count us in!

No diggity, no doubt. Head down to All Star Lanes (any damn branch) and feast out on their special Chilli Cheese Dog called The Independence Day Banger before scoring a strike. This diner-esque hang out feels VERY American, so it is the perfect setting for some Independence Day celebrations!

If you want to do something a little more cultured with your Independence Day then we say head down to the Independence Day craft beer tasting at Jenius Social. Tickets are £28 for a two hour session that will explore some epic US beer giving the Americans a high five for the awesome new flavours they’ve shared with us. You’ll try 6 beers in the tasting as well as some mini sliders, Buffalo wings paired with each!

If you want to do Independence Day with a little more class then there is only one thing for it; The American Bar at The Savoy. Awesome drinks, a fancy setting and sophistication to the max. Erik Lorincz is one of the best bartenders around so you’re in seriously safe hands.

This southern restaurant is throwing an Independence Day themed menu for two days over the weekend priced at £24 for lunch and £35 for dinner. You’ll be munching on fried catfish, baby back ribs and other treats while toasting the 4th with a glass of summertime punch. The chef Brad McDonald is from Mississippi (with a name like Brad, where else?!) so he’ll really pull out the stops!

Champagne and a piece of cake at the Benjamin Franklin House sounds like a damn good way to celebrate Independence Day. He signed all four documents that created the new nation including The Declaration of Independence, so to be able to toast this day in his HOME is pretty unreal. 12pm-2pm for £8, bargain for a slice of history.