July 4 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 4 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.

From June 30 to July 2 the Irish American Celebration is taking over the town with a jam-packed program of events, including a carnival on the quay, music from Bagatelle markets and celebrations taking to the street.

For more visit facebook.com/irishamericaday and irishamericaday.com.

Kids dressed up for July 4. iStock