I live in the US too. And the crowds that come to my town on the holidays (I live in a small fishing town on the Jersey Shore) make me anxious. So, James and I are heading up to the Catskills for the holiday. It should be quieter and cooler there, as we’ll be chilling out in an area that is a little off the beaten path.
See if you can find a quieter space to be on Independence Day, somewhere away from where the fireworks and firecrackers are being set off. Invite a few of your friends who also want peace and quiet to your new hangout spot. Bring some sandwiches and other goodies, so you can enjoy a little picnic.
(This also goes for the Canadian folks who want a peaceful Canada Day on July 1st. Don’t feel obligated to celebrate in the loud, boisterous way everyone else is, if that ain’t your thing.)