Culture Guide USA – August
For many Americans, summer is a time to squeeze in the most outdoor activities possible. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, seeing a ball game or hiking and camping at a national park, it’s a great time to get out and explore. Take advantage of the warm weather to visit one of the memorable and exciting landmarks noted here.
Visiting Gettysburg National Military Park is a great way to get a close look at a notable chapter in American history. The three-day Battle of Gettysburg was considered a turning point of the Civil War. Here, the Union defeated the Confederacy, and more than 30,000 soldiers were wounded or killed.
In his famous address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg in November 1863, President Lincoln reminded America of our founding values with the famous opening line: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, marks the location of one of America’s most significant battles – the Battle of Gettysburg, fought in 1863, during the Civil War. It’s also where Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, delivered one of the most famous speeches in our nation’s history, the Gettysburg Address. Visiting Gettysburg National Military Park is a great way to get a close look at a notable chapter in American history. The three-day Battle of Gettysburg was considered a turning point of the Civil War. Here, the Union defeated the Confederacy, and more than 30,000 soldiers were wounded or killed.
The Statue of Liberty
Called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” this horse race ends almost as quickly as it begins—but wow, is it a thrill! The Kentucky Derby is an annual 1¼-mile race for 3-year-old Thoroughbred horses held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Today, it’s an American tradition. For 139 years, fans have been traveling to Kentucky to watch the fastest, strongest horses compete at the Derby. This year, the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 3. Tune in on television, and before the race, you’ll see people wearing fancy clothes and distinctive hats, and they’ll sing My Old Kentucky Home before the horses parade to the start. Place a friendly bet on which horse will earn the victory and the blanket of roses.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, celebrates some of the country’s most famous artists and showcases one of the most popular genres in music: rock ’n’ roll. The roots of rock go back to the 1940s, to a combination of several forms of music: blues, jazz, gospel, swing, and country. Famous early artists include Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the legendary Elvis Presley, known as “the King of Rock.” Over the years, rock music was influenced by other artists, particularly those from Great Britain. Many musical groups, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, traveled to America during the 1960s, during what is known as the British Invasion.
The Grand Canyon
Located in the southwestern state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is a natural wonder with stunning views that draws 5 million people each year. Its red canyons were formed as the Colorado River wore down the rock over many years. Today, the Grand Canyon is nearly 300 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep. In other words, it’s massive!