On the Fourth of July, US expats in the UAE are celebrating America’s 248th Independence Day in diverse ways, ensuring it feels like home. Some dine at American-themed restaurants, others take their children to beloved burger spots, and some enjoy a relaxed evening of music and dance with friends.

Typically, expat families gather for barbecues, picnics, and parties, savoring American favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and apple pie. However, many families are traveling due to the two-month summer break, making large-scale celebrations challenging.

American resident Natalie Miranda has planned a special day for her son, Anish, at Black Tap’s USA-themed crazy shake. They enjoyed a country music party at home and will attend a concert at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Natalie reminisced about the parades and street fairs back in the US, accompanied by traditional barbecue dishes.

Another expat, Jessica Holmes, noted that while the UAE doesn’t observe the holiday, many Americans still gather for cookouts and fireworks. She recalled attending barbecues and watching fireworks with loved ones in the US.

Aaron Illathu, MD of Jack Taylor GCC, highlighted the importance of supporting American businesses in Dubai, emphasizing the day’s significance beyond food and fireworks. He appreciated the cultural diversity of Dubai and the international connections it fosters.

Several restaurants in Dubai and other emirates are hosting Independence Day celebrations, offering classic American cuisine and themed decor. Expats can enjoy festivities at CLAW BBQ, Butcher & Still in Abu Dhabi, or Muse Social House in Ras Al Khaimah.