July 4th: A Trans-Americas Journey Retrospective


Through the years we’ve celebrated Independence Day in many different ways in many different places. Here’s a retrospective of our favorite July 4 fests from the Trans-Americas Journey archives including Airstreaming at a music festival, the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating contest and fireworks over Mount Rushmore (before they were banned).

Fourth of July fireworks over Mount Rushmore

The first 4th of July of the Journey was in 2006 and we spent it gawking at fireworks over Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Fireworks are now banned at Mount Rushmore because of fire concerns, so check out our full Mount Rushmore photo essay to see the spectacle for yourself.

The first 4th of July of the Journey in 2006 found us enjoying fireworks at Mount Rushmore.

July 4, 2006: Fireworks over Mount Rushmore.

Hot dog mayhem in Manhattan

On July 4, 2007 we were back in NYC briefly and decided to finally check out the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. It did not disappoint…

July 4th 2007 @ famous Nathan's in Coney Island Brooklyn for the 92nd annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. Joey Chestnut (chipmunk cheeks far right) takes a lead near the end of the 10 minute competition with 56 hot dogs over 6-time champ Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi (w/ yellow cup) with 55 hot dogs.

July 4, 2007: At Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island Brooklyn.

Joey Chestnut beat six time winner and reigning hot dog eating champ, Tekeru Kobayashi, by eating a record breaking 66 hot dogs versus Kobayashi’s 63 in 10 minutes. In case you were wondering what 66 hot dogs looks like take a look at the platter in the photo above. On the right is the 98 pound female world champion Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, who set a female world record with 39 hot dogs.

Joey Chestmut breaks the reigning champ, Takeru Kobayashi, 6-time winning streak by eating a record breaking 66 hot dogs versus Kobayashi's 63 in 10 minutes. In case you were wondering what 66 hot dogs looks like take a look at the platter.  On the right is the 98 lbs. female world champion Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas,  who set a female world record with 39 hot dogs

That’s a lot of dogs…

 

Airstream for Independence Day at the High Sierra Festival

In 2008 we met up with some friends and heard lots of great music during our third visit to the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA. Unlike previous years, we did it in style in our borrowed Airstream.

Stylin' @ HSMF in our Airstream with Miss J, Dave Driewitz (Ween, Bustle in Your Hedgerow), Francie, Karen, Tom Hamilton (American babies, Brothers Past) & Scott Metsger (Rana, American Babies, Bustle in Your Hedgerow)

July 4, 2008: Our Airstream and friends at the High Sierra Music Festival which is held over July 4 weekend every year.

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