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Cool things for American Expats to do on 4th of July in London.

“Yankee Doodle came to London, just to ride the ponies…”

You are that Yankee Doodle Boy! (or Girl!)

While I am not aware of any upcoming pony parades through Parliament, I can offer my fellow American expats some festive suggestions re: things to do on the upcoming day o’ independence…

What: The Great American Beer Festival
Where: White Horse Pub, 1 – 3 Parsons Green, London, SW6 4UL
When: July 4th-6th, 2008.

No, no, no—not just a bunch of bottles of Bud Light and Michelob Ultra (AKA ‘water’). Tons of specialty American microbreweries (with some British favourites mixed in) will be represented at the famous White Horse Pub on the weekend of the 4th. From Chicago’s ‘Goose Island’ Beer Company to Denver’s ‘Flying Dog’ Brewery, there will be tons of flavors to whet your palette as you soak in the youthful vibrancy (and, hopefully, sunshine!) of Parson’s Green. Get ready for, beers, BBQ, line dancing, live music, and more!

What: O2 Wireless Festival
Where: Hyde Park, London
When: July 3rd – 6th, 2008.

There’s something for every homesick Yankee at the 02 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park; this 4-day extravaganza features performances by Counting Crows, Jay-Z, Goo Goo Dolls and Beck…to name a few. With 5 stages and 100 + performances, this is the biggest London music festival of the year! Again, let’s hope for sunshine…

What: 4th of July Barbeque (Organized by the London Expat American Meetup Group)
Where: Mile End Park, Grove Road & Clinton Road, London, E3 4PE
When: July 5th, 2008 from 2: 30 pm.

If you are looking for something a bit more casual and relaxing, why not whip together Grandma’s best potato salad recipe, grab a case of beer, and join in on the patriotic, picknicking fun with some fellow Americans on Saturday afternoon?

But first, you must join the American Expat Meetup Group (just Google it)—a very useful forum, especially for London newbies!

(And yes, bring your kids, but leave your fireworks at home.)

Know of any other 4th of July events going on in London? Then post below!

HAPPY 4th!!!

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  1. comment by: Wilber Webb on Jul 01 at 18:24

    Thanks for metioning the 4th of July in mile end Park, Carrie! : )

    6th Annual London 4th of July BBQ Picnic! Canalside

    Independence Day would not be the same without it!

    Last year we got a bit rained out. Last July 4th was the worst January day I’ve ever experienced! But we appear to be back on track weather wise; We’ll be out picnicking rain or shine (or both!)

    We meet from 2:00 in Mile End Park, which is a lovely grass carpeted terraced park near a small lake and the regents canal. We will have a BBQ grill working there that everyone is free to use as well as paper plates and napkins, ketchup and mustard. I’m also going bring some hotdogs, hamburgers and a case of beer to get us started.

    The idea is BYO; You only have to bring some thing for yourself, or nothing at all. Bring something to grill as the BBQ will be available.

    At past 4th picnics people have brought a little extra of one item, in the spirit of pot luck, to share. We’d encourage that; if anyone would like to contribute something (like your gram’s best potato salad, or hey| more beer ; )) please list what you are bringing below on the comments area of this page(or just surprise us!).

    This is a kid friendly event, so prams and kids running around in the fresh air are welcome. There is going to be organized softball and touch football.

    Toilets are available at the nearby Palm Tree Pub, which is canal side and actually in the park. Beer is available to take away in plastic cups, at pub prices. We will be heading there later as the sun sets (possible live music?).

    The place picked out is a beautiful grassy green near a small lake, tended garden and peaceful canal side, near a pub and a BBQ with 200 or so of your closest friends! So see you there!

    You Must Bring
    A blanket, bottled water for yourself.

    Do NOT Bring
    No fireworks allowed, period. They are not permitted in the park under any circumstances. We have never ended a picnic with a trip to A&E and we are not about to start now!

    Do Bring optional
    Frisbee’s, sports gear, extra beer! ; ) , your enthusiasm!

    We ask that everyone use a common sense approach to litter and take out EVERYTHING OUT they brought in with them. Remember: We are in a foreign country and any mess left behind will reflect badly on not only us but the U.S.A. Mile End is a pristine and expensively maintained public park, lets not spoil it!



    Once at Clinton and Grove:(a 2Min walk) Clinton Road is off Grove Road between the Texaco gas station and a Railway viaduct, across the street from Litchfield Road. Enter Clinton Road and head strait into the park, there’ll be a blue hobbit house/ telletubby type structure built into the side of a hill with a sign on it saying “Arts Pavilion”. Take a right as you face this structure and walk along the path. We are on the opposite side of the hill structure and the pond, but before the canal.

    Look for the (what can only be described as..) deformed cement chickens.. or sunnyside up eggs sculptures. (?? your guess is as good as mine as to what they are supposed to be: )) Or better yet look out for the BBQ grill and the friendly Yanks on the beautiful grassy green!

    By Tube: get to Mile End Tube via Central, District or Hammersmith and City Lines. When you exit the station (only one exit) you will be facing North. Take the nearest large intersection street to your right, this will be Grove/ Mile end. head north on Grove till you reach the Texaco and Railway viaduct. This is Clinton Road (which is signed). Enter the park and join the BBQ!

    By Bus: The 25 and 205 run 24 hours from Central London (Oxford Street, Holborn, ChanceryLane The City or Baker Street, Kings Cross, Old Street respectively ) and stop at Mile End.

    The 277, 339, D6 & D7 buses stop right outside the park at Clinton street at the Lichfield road stop.

    By Car: There is ample side street parking nearby, but cannot be guaranteed!

  2. comment by: Wilber Webb on Jun 24 at 19:23

    London 4th of July Picnic, BBQ & Fireworks 2009!!
    Our 7th annual event! FREE of Charge! Come one come all!!

    Battersea Park
    Pump House Gallery
    in Battersea Park
    London SW11 4NJ

    July 4th, Saturday 2;00 start, 5:00 Bar opens (Til 10:30), Fireworks spectacular 9:45 pm
    (The park remains specialy open late just for us!)

    Web Address

    It’s the expat American community’s 7th annual 4th of July Picnic, BBQ and Fireworks display!

    Last year over 900 people turned up to our 6th annual 4th of July, American Independence Day, so we’ve upped the ante; This years event includes upscale and affordable BBQ available from Butcher and Grill & Bodeans.

    As well as balloons, Red White and Blue bouncy castles and face painting for the kids there is set to be a massive, professional laser fireworks display complete with John Phillip Sousa pyromusical accompaniment! This is very much a family as well as adult event.

    The event is free of charge all day and all are welcome, We meet in the fantastic grassy area in front of the Pump House Art Gallery, which is rented for the event and will have two fully stocked bars in operation as well as clean toilet facilities. There will be softball games and impromptu frisbee playing. Just bring a blanket and a bottled water!

    The sun is set to be out until well past 9:30, but we’ll be ok rain or shine as The Pump House Art Gallery can house several hundred people and will have two fully stocked bars. Plus 4th of July actualy falls on a Saturday this year! If coming to the park after 6:00 pm please use the Chelsea Gate in the North East corner of the park: The park will remain specialy open just for our party!

    See you there!

    Last years photos (Over 900 attended!)

    RSVP Today

    IMPORTANT: It goes without saying that bringing your own fireworks or BBQ’s is strictly prohibited by parks rules. Park rangers will be in effect on the day

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