From tailgating, to cheerleaders, great music and a barbecue. Ireland is doing it’s bit to make Americans feel at home this weekend.iStock

July 4th is a seriously great holiday. Yes, it’s a celebration of America’s Independence, but these days it’s mainly a great excuse to take time out in the height of summer, slap on the barbecue and chill out with family and friends.

We thought you Americans based in Ireland, or you Irish with a grá (love) for the USA, might like to get out there this week, in your red, white and blue, and celebrate July 4th in Ireland.

If there’s one thing us Irish are good at it’s the auld céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes). We hope you’ll feel right at home this holiday weekend.

Irish America Day – New Ross, Wexford

If you’ve nothing else on this weekend it seems that a road trip to Wexford would be a great idea this weekend.

From July 3 to 5 the Irish American Celebration is taking over the town with a jam-packed program of events, including a carnival on the quay, music from Frances Black, Sharon Shannon and, The Fureys and markets and celebrations taking to the street.

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Irish Network Dublin

This new networking, cultural and social events group, Irish Network Dublin, was launched in April by Ireland’s Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan. A sister network of IN-USA the group aims to support those returned from or on their way to the United States, or simply for the enjoyment of Americans in Ireland or Irish who love America!

On Thursday (July 2) they’ll be firing up the barbecue at Alfie Byrne's (part of the Conrad Hotel, on Earlsfort Terrace, D2). All members and non-members are welcome.

You can put your name down on this Eventbrite page and read more about them here.

Lovin’ Dublin 4th July Festival

The website Lovin’ Dublin, a cultural review site whose tagline is “We Love Food. We Love Dublin,” is hosting a July 4th party in Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin 4. They’ll be sending all their love Stateside for the day with American football, fun and food on offer.

At 11am there’ll be a Flag Football Tournament for any aspiring American football players followed by the South Dublin Panthers taking on the Dublin Rebels in their final game of the season. There will even be cheerleaders! At 3pm an outdoor cinema will kick off, a full bar and an amazing Tailgate Food Village.

Read all about it here.