12 Jun Weird American Summer Traditions
If you’re from outside the United States, you may find some of these summer traditions to be very weird! And maybe also even if you are American!
- Alaska – blanket tossing
The blanket toss is now conducted as entertainment, but it didn’t originate that way. The Iñupiaq hunter would be tossed in the air, enabling them to see across the horizon to hunt game. Now thirty or more Iñupiaq gather in a circle, holding the edges of a large skin made from walrus hides, and toss someone into the air as high as possible. The person being tossed throws gifts into the crowd and loses their turn when they lose their balance. The object: to maintain balance and return to the blanket without falling over.
2. Alabama – Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the largest fishing tournament in the world. Founded in 1929, the fishing rodeo now attracts over 3,000 anglers and 75,000 spectators. It is located on Dauphin Island, Ala.
3. Arizona – Frying Eggs on the Sidewalk
Oatman, Arizona has held its sidewalk egg-frying contest every 4th of July since 1991. Eggs start frying at high noon, on the sidewalks of this old mining town, off of historic Route 66. Contestants have 15 minutes to cook up their eggs.
4. Connecticut: Taking a ferry to Sherlock Holmes’ castle
Gillette Castle attracts about 300,000 visitors a year who tour the house that is situated on 184 acres, overlooking the Connecticut river. The castle was commissioned and designed by William Gillette, a playwright, director and actor, most famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
And more to come soon! Stay tuned!