How to Celebrate a Very Gay Independence Day

By: Scott Ragan

Whether you want to simply relax over this year's July 4th hump-day holiday or stay out all night dancing until your feet go numb, Out Traveler's Alex Panisch has put together a nice set of options to celebrate this Independence Day. See a few of the recommendations below, then head over to Out Traveler to see the full list.

Summer Camp, Provincetown, MA

"Summer Camp has been a P-Town smash for over a decade, kicking off July 3rd with the Pier Dance with music by London DJ/Producer Wayne G. For the 4th you get free reign to explore P-Town in all it’s camp glory before hitting the Boat Cruise on the 5th. Get your sea legs on The Provincetown II and dance under the stars until 2 a.m. If you head to the Dock after, well, leave that part out of your letter home."


The Invasion, Fire Island, NY

"Every July 4th for over 30 years, Fire Island plays host to The Invasion. As per tradition, a ferry full of D.I.Y. drag queens from Cherry Grove docks at Pines Harbor. This is followed by a sashay down the dock and then, of course, drinks and dancing. The fun starts at noon and the ferry arrives at 2 p.m, with the show going on as long as there are queens to sustain it. Since the Pines is still picking itself up by its bootstraps after its fire this winter, your best bet for post-show parties will be back in the Grove at the Ice Palace."

The Russian River & Guerneville, CA

"Now’s your chance to take that tour of wine country that you’ve been talking about forever. Base yourself in Guerneville, a 'hate-free community.' The LGBT getaway for the San Francisco Bay Area (an hour and a half south) offers quaint bars and B&Bs like Boon Hotel + Spa and the Applewood Inn, while the adjacent redwood forests, rivers, wineries, and coastline allow for outdoor excursions."


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