These 12 races feature fireworks of their own—some literally—as they commemorate this great nation and the active people who live here.
Firecracker 5K and 2-Mile WalkJuly 2, 2017 — Highland Park, Ill. 1 of 13
The course for this 5K—perfect for both seasoned runners and newbies—features views of lush Midwest trees and the shores of Lake Michigan. Prefer a leisurely two-mile walk with your family? Choose the Family Walk registration that includes up to four people for a discounted price.
Carry the Flag 5KJuly 1, 2017 — Washington, D.C. 2 of 13
Each race participant receives a mini U.S. flag to carry during this run to honor current and former servicemen and women. While toting the Stars and Stripes during the inaugural race is optional, runners are encouraged to show their support for the troops however they please.
Stars and Stripes 5KJuly 1, 2017 — Mission, Texas 3 of 13
If there's any reason to run this race, it's for the beautiful medal in the shape of the United States. Touted as the most patriotic 5K in the Rio Grande Valley, this event takes place at the Pepsi Sports Park Complex and is part of the Sole Racing Summer Series.
AJC Peachtree Road RaceJuly 4, 2017 — Atlanta, Ga. 4 of 13
As the largest 10K in the country, the Peachtree Road Race is one to put on your bucket list. You'll be running with more than 60,000 other Americans (as well as some international participants) so you're not likely to get lonely along the course.
Each year, a design contest determines the artwork on the race T-shirt, so you'll walk away with an extra special souvenir from the race day.
Breckenridge Independence Day 10K Trail RunJuly 4, 2017; Breckenridge, Colo. 5 of 13
This trail run in Colorado's high country is an Independence Day tradition in Breckenridge and offers some of the best views in the Rocky Mountains. After crossing the finish line, be sure to catch your breath at the Main Street Parade and additional Fourth of July festivities.
This race is capped at 400 people and usually sells out in June, so be sure to register early.
Independence Day 5K/10K Champoeg State ParkJuly 4, 2017 — St. Paul, Ore. 6 of 13
This race with 5K and 10K options takes place entirely inside Champoeg State Park on paved bike trails along the Willamette River. Complete with burgers (or garden burgers, for vegetarians), beer and music at the finish, you'll want to hang out long after you're done running.
Music City July 4th 5K/10KJuly 4, 2017 — Nashville, Tenn. 7 of 13
Celebrate America in downtown Nashville, racing past some of the city's most famous landmarks. Run either 3.1 or 6.1 miles through Music City, and then join the Independence Day festivities with family-friendly activities, fireworks and, of course, live music.
Freedom Run at the RanchJuly 4, 2017 — Ladera Ranch, Calif. 8 of 13
Don your red, white and blue for the Freedom Run, a looped 5K or 10K race in sunny Southern California followed by a delicious pancake breakfast. All proceeds from the race benefit Laura House, a local nonprofit organization that provides residential shelter services, counseling, legal services and a 24-hour crisis hotline to families affected by abuse.
Myrtle Beach's Independence Day 8K/5KJuly 4, 2017 — Myrtle Beach, S.C. 9 of 13
This event offers something for everyone with 8K, 5K or 1-mile distance options. The looped courses wind around the Grand Park Recreation Complex, where runners will see plenty of palm trees and red, white and blue.
Run San RamonJuly 4, 2017 — San Ramon, Calif. 10 of 13
Enjoy a healthy start to your Fourth of July at this looped 5K or 10K run in San Ramon. The registration cost for both races is the same, so why not log 6.2 miles to honor America? All participants will receive a commemorative short sleeve race shirt and goodies from race sponsors.
2017 Hilton Head Firecracker RunHilton Head Island, S.C. 11 of 13
Now in its 32nd year, the Hilton Head Firecracker Run and Family Fun Walk is the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County and one of the top 10 races in the state of South Carolina. Join more than 1,700 runners and walkers from across the U.S. on a beautiful journey at Shelter Cover on Hilton Head Island to celebrate our nation's birthday.
SHARK RunJuly 4, 2017 — Perdido Key Beach, Fla. 12 of 13
Stick to the road or take on the beach. The SHARK Run offers participants the option of competing on a four-mile road course, a one-mile beach-only run, or the original SHARK Adventure Run: two miles on road surface, followed by a finishing 2.5-mile leg on the beach. For the latter, runners will wear flag football belts and evade "sharks" looking to steal their flags as they make their way to the finish. Runners who complete the course with flags intact are eligible or awards!