Things for International Students to do for the 4th of July in New Zealand

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The 4th of July is a significant day of the year for all American’s as it is a federal holiday in the US commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. Even though we aren’t in America, and there are no planned parades or fireworks shows, there are still things that you can do around our (significantly smaller) country to celebrate America’s Independence Day!


Auckland – Johnny Barr’s Fresh Food Bistro 4th of July food party
The platter is looking pretty impressive this 4th of July at Johnny Barr’s American diner in Wynyard Quarter. They are offering a $40 set menu per person that includes; skinny fries, mac n cheese, corn on the cob, potato salad and a cup of chilli con carne. And if that doesn’t sound like your kind of food, then give the fried chicken and waffles a try! Book now.


Napier – United States of Show Tunes

This R16 show at Paisley Stage will feature a range of acts, from singing, to cabaret, to amazing aerial feats of skill. All the performances will be inspired by American show tunes and songs made famous from movies. A fun way to spend your 4th of July. Tickets are available here.


Palmerston North – Brew Union 4th of July Street Party

If you are studying or living in ‘Palmy’, you’ve probably heard of Brew Union. It’s a micro-brewery right in the middle of town. To be precise, 41 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North – right next to the cinemas and close to the iconic Hopwood Clock Tower. This R18 event promises beers from Liberty Brewing Co Beers, lots of treats from the meat candy BBQ, BBQ food from ‘The Evil Stepson’ and live music from Jondal.


Wellington – Roxy Cinema screening Independence Day
This is your chance to see the classic film on the big day at one of New Zealand’s finest repurposed cinemas. Come in early (7:45pm) and enjoy American themed food and drink in the themed red, white and blue lobby. Enjoy a themed pre-show at 8:30pm and settle down to watch the film at 8:40pm. Plus, at the Roxy you can see one of Peter Jackson’s Oscar’s from Lord of the Rings, another favourite American film.


Queenstown – Independence Day Open Mic Comedy at Yonder
Perhaps you were planning on having a good laugh to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Or maybe you’ve seen that all the rest of the events are in the North Island and were wondering what the South had to offer? If you want a happy 4th of July without the fireworks, this will be the best $5 you ever spent.


Wellington – Hear from the US Ambassador to New Zealand
The U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa is Scott Brown. On Independence Day he usually addresses Kiwis and ex-pat American’s at a public event or via his social media channels. In 2018 he took it to another level, playing the guitar alongside ‘One Bar Heater’ to cover classic American songs.


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