Thanksgiving isn't the only holiday you can get active with your family—try a 5K or longer distance run this Fourth of July before the festivities begin. Here are 10 patriotic runs going on in the country, but if you don't see your hometown, you can find more races here.
YMCA Independence Day 5K1 of 11
July 4, 2015, in Virginia Beach, Va.
This annual Virginia Beach, Va., event is celebrating its 31st year. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to dress up in red, white and blue and kick off their holiday celebrations on the road. Money from registrations benefit community members by funding childcare, swim lessons, health and wellness programs, youth and teen activities, older adult programs and summer camp.
Firecracker 4 Miler2 of 11
July 4, 2015, in Fayetteville, N.C.
This four-mile course winds through the beautiful and historic parks and museums of downtown Fayetteville, N.C., highlighting what the city has to offer both visitors and locals. Dogs and strollers can join in the fun on this one.
We the Runners Half Marathon, 10/5K and Sparkler Trot3 of 11
July 4, 2015, in Cumming, Ga.
Race organizers for this event have claimed, "it has become necessary for we, the runners of North Georgia, to choose our own race." So, go ahead, take your pick in this multi-distance event. Part of the proceeds benefits the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Music City July 4th 5/10K4 of 11
July 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.
Kick off your Music City July Fourth celebration with a 5K or 10K through downtown Nashville. All ages and fitness levels will enjoy running past the city's landmarks—including the new Music City Convention Center. Afterward, there's a day full of live music, family fun and fireworks.
Lake Area Runners 4 Miler on the 4th5 of 11
July 4, 2015, in Lake Charles, La.
This is the final race in the annual Lake Area Runners Triple Crown Race Series. A long-standing Lake Charles tradition, the 4 Miler will take you down scenic Lake Shore Drive along Lake Charles and through part of Lake Charles' beautiful garden district.
Avery Brewing Four on the Fourth 4K6 of 11
July 4, 2015, in Boulder, Colo.
This race goes through the beautiful scenery of Boulder, Colo. and after the short run, participants are served breakfast. Those who are 21 and older can also start celebrating early, if they choose, with an Avery beer.
Independence Day 5K and 10K7 of 11
July 4, 2015, anywhere
Complete a 5 or 10K while dedicating your effort to those who dedicate their lives to preserving our freedom. This is a virtual race so you can show your support wherever you celebrate the Fourth of July. A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Rogue Farms Independence Day 5/10K8 of 11
July 4, 2015, in Independence, Ore.
Enjoy the smell of hops as you walk or run through Rogue's Hop Farms in Independence, Ore. Afterward, drink a beer, eat and listen to live music at the farm on the beautiful Willamette River.
Stars and Stripes 5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon and Marathon9 of 11
July 4, 2015, in Santa Monica, Calif.
This is a low-key race that emphasizes a personal satisfaction to racing. The range of distances makes this perfect for the family walking or running with a stroller to the marathoner who's been training for months. Register by mid-June and enjoy the race along the Pacific coastline.
Freedom Run 201510 of 11
July 4, 2015, in Kailua, Hawaii
Whether you're looking for competition or a leisurely walk, the scenic routes in Kailua will meet your needs. There's a one-mile walk, a 5K run and a10K run. Whichever distance you choose, this 13th-annual event supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii's programs and services.