Let's have one more good one before Trump burns it all down. Here's five events around town that don't involve fireworks but do involve casual nationalism and cooked meat.
American Independence Weekend @ Blarney Stone from Saturday, July 2 to Monday, July 4
For the Yongkang ragers, Irish pub Blarney Stone has food by Dog House (Americans don't eat offal, cartilage, and feet unless they're in hot dogs!), a beer pong challenge, and drinking games, plus some classic American music. Starts at 12pm and goes til late from July 2 to July 4.
Independence Day Pub Crawl @ Bar Gatsby on Saturday, July 2
Pub Crawl Shanghai goes MURICA F YEAH for their weekly pub crawl. They're doing three bars and one club. The 200rmb ticket (with online RSVP) includes one hour of open bar from 9.30pm-10.30pm; free welcome shots at all the bars; free shots on the party bus; free entry into a nightclub with free drinks tickets and table included; drink specials at all bars; transport to all venues on the party bus. Meeting point is Bar Gatsby at 9.30pm. Good one for newcomers looking to make friends; great one for people going USA-USA-USA-USA!
Independence Bash @ Boxing Cat Brewery on Saturday, July 2
Boxing Cat's Fuxing Lu outpost has free-flow drinks for 150rmb (danger) and BBQ a la carte from 25rmb. The menu features Korean BBQ wings, spicy glazed Asian pork rib, crispy pork belly sandwiches, donuts, ice cream, and more. Misloop is on DJ duty. Goes from 5pm-11pm.
4th Of July Block Party @ District on Saturday, July 2
"Make America Drink Again" is Jing'an bar District's slogan for their Fourth of July block party. Bartenders David Schroeder and Eddy Yang (Tailor Bar) are handling drinks and Jason Oakley (Scarpetta and Coquille) is on kitchen duty. They'll have prizes, beer pong, and possibly some shirtless attendees. Goes from 3pm-late on July 2.
Bubba's Annual Fourth of July Bash @ Bubba's BBQ on Sunday, July 3
Out on the Westside, Bubba's is throwing down with the American Club of Shanghai. They'll have craw fish from Ruijin Cajun, tacos from Jalapeno, BBQ from Bubba's -- a melting pot of 'Merica restaurants there -- and live music featuring Adam Brooks Dudding, in from Nashville singing some country and bluegrass. No cover. Goes from 12pm-6pm.
...Or maybe just chill at home and watch an uplifting American film like Born on the Fourth of July?
Look out for more Fourth of July parties on our dedicated page. Expect more coming in this week.