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125 5 Minute Guide 127 Reviews 133 Gadgets


COMING UP THIS SUMMER ASTA diary


JULY 4 Independence Day, Philadelphia The ‘birthplace of America’ is dedicating 11 days (June 24-July 4) to celebrating Independence Day with concerts, foodie events and four firework displays. The grand July 4 fireworks will fizz and bang over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. visitphilly.com


JULY 22-AUGUST 17 Shakespeare in the Park, New York King Lear comes to Central Park in this annual free Shakespearean spectacle. Tickets are distributed in the park itself and through an online lottery. John Lithgow stars as the eponymous king as he descends into madness under the Manhattan sky. shakespeareinthepark.org


JULY 29-AUGUST 3 Dodge City Roundup, Kansas This five-day rodeo celebrates horsemanship with rodeo events, calf roping and other equine entertainment. Participants will battle for more than $250,000 in prize money and cowboys and cowgirls in training can saddle up for Little Britches and High School events. dodgecityroundup.org


JULY 30-AUGUST 3 Maine Lobster Festival With lobster crate racing, a lobster-themed parade and a lobster cook-off, this weekend is a celebration of all things crustacean. There’s even a prize for who can sprint the furthest on floating lobster pots. mainelobsterfestival.com


AUGUST 4-10 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, South Dakota Monster motors descend on this South Dakota town in an event that drew almost half a million bikers in 2013. Fanatics can enjoy a free pancake breakfast before mass rides through verdant woodlands and desert scenes, while evenings are filled with entertainment. sturgismotorcyclerally.com


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