(Closed) Would Americans go to a wedding outside the USA on the 4th of the July holiday?

posted 10 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 17
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Personally I’d have no problem taking a vacation over the 4th of July. I think its actually preferable to Memorial or Labor day to me because I usually don’t have much going on for the 4th. 

Post # 18
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I know I would. Our family gets together for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but not the 4th of July.

Post # 19
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Anthony’s Fine Dining

Holidays are tough because people have traditional activities that they like to do every year, but on the other hand, it’d probably be easier to take off work!  I’ve been out of the country for 2 Independence Days and I was enjoying my vacation so much that I didn’t miss the tradition 🙂

Post # 20
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We don’t generally do anything really special for the 4th of July (and I would rather go to Mexico than a BBQ!) but flights and hotels seem to be more expensive over holiday weekends, which is something to take into consideration too.

Post # 21
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We got married on July 3, and while it was still in the states, I know it interferred with some people’s 4th of July plans (mainly those that had to travel).  No one complained as far as I ever heard, and truly no one seemed to mind.  More than the actually holiday, I think it bothered people to tie up their own long-weekend plans.

I personally love taking advantage of another big built-in long weekend holiday I would venture to say is even MORE ingrained in our hearts – Thanksgiving!  I love going abroad during Thanksgiving.  We do “fakesgiving” with the fam a week or 2 early, and then I have a full 4-5 days to go anywhere.  This year Thanksgiving falls on my parents anniversary which happens to be the big 4-0 AND is the day before hubs’ birthday, so we’ll prolly have to stay in town; but I was a little bummed to miss out on my free vacation days!

Post # 22
2626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Well, let’s put it this way.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 4th of July.  In the tiny town I’m from (think 1 stop light) it’s a huge day.  Parade, festivals, carnival…pretty much your classic celebration.  However, as much as I love this holiday, if someone I was really close to and considered a good friend was getting married, I wouldn’t think twice about attending a wedding that weekend.  The only reason I wouldn’t go is if monday were an issue.

Post # 23
10360 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I wouldn’t care less that it was a holiday – i’d definitely do the vacation! I have an extra day off of work that weekend, so it’d be extra easy to get away.

Post # 25
1816 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I would definitely go, as long as I knew in advance.  I love to celebrate 4th of July, but it is not pivotal that I do it inside the country.  

Post # 26
759 posts
Busy bee

Mexico?  I would SO be there! 🙂  Especially if I had enough time to plan and save money to go.  I don’t ever do anything special on the 4th anyway, so that part wouldn’t be an issue. 

Post # 27
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would love to travel during that holiday to your wedding!  I see no problem with it – send out save the dates early!  What better way to celebrate than with friends at a wedding!!

Post # 28
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I don’t really think July 4th is a major traveling holiday – so I don’t think going out of town would be an issue for people (vs. some of the other holiday weekends where airfare definitely goes up (Labor Day, Thanksgiving, etc).

I would love taking a trip out of the country and wouldn’t miss out on the holiday.

Go for it!

Post # 29
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We don’t celebrate the 4th of July either.  My mom is big on it, and always tries to get us do the whole BBQ thing but we don’t like to.. we live in South Texas and it’s too hot for any of that stuff in July!

So for us, yes, the 4th would make no difference in whether or not we’d attend a wedding in Mexico!

I WILL tell you something that you didn’t ask for input on though.. and this may totally not matter to your friends and family and depending on where in Mexico you are marrying, BUT, everyone I know on a personal level is afraid to go to Mexico these days.   We drove down just across the border a few years ago to take my niece shopping (she’s from Florida) but ever since then it’s been a lot of fear and rumors. 

We are considering a 3 day “mini” honeymoon in Mexico, not sure where but most likely some all-inclusive resort geared to honeymooners…and the reaction from friends and family has been rather ridiculous with their horror at our even considering it.. even my mom who has spent time repeatedly in Mexico and my brother who lived there for a year.  Even our Spanish Professor (we’re both in college, he grew up in Mexico) warned us not to go right now when we talked about a Mexico Spanish language immersion program.

Just something to consider.   Not trying to be a downer.  We are personally not too terribly worried and think we will be fine if we use common sense but that’s not the reaction I’m getting from others.

Post # 30
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I got married on the Fourth of July and I had two reactions:

#1: Happy because it was a holiday weekend so they didn’t have to take vacation time at work.

#2: Pissed because it was a holiday weekend and they wanted to do something else instead of “being forced” to go to a wedding.

The peope who had the latter opinions were told they didn’t have to come at all if it was too much to ask.  And they didn’t, which we were just fine with.  It was about a 3:1 ratio of people thinking good:bad idea.

So to answer your question, some would consider it a mini-vacation and go, some would be ticked it was over a holiday and wouldn’t.  And as MsInterpret said, some may want to go, but are afraid because of the (many) travel advisories which advise against travelling to Mexico right now.  Also, you might consider that it will cost them a lot more, since they’ll have to get a passport and an international flight.  That’s not a big deal to some people, but to others that’s a lot of money.  (On the other hand it would cost your family a lot to visit America, so…?)

Post # 31
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

go for it! just make sure you give enough notice.  Keep in mind that traveling during a holiday may be a little more expensive, not to mention crowded flights.  if this is what makes you happy go for it! it sounds nice.

Congrats and good luck!

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