It's the Fourth of July, so why not take an American-themed road-trip in Victoria?
You don't actually have to hire a car in Melbourne today and drive off on a patriotic adventure. Luckily for you, these are all activities you can do at any time of the year.
The United States has some of the most delicious (and, perhaps, the most unhealthy) food in the whole world. We can't think of a better way to celebrate America's becoming independent from Mother England than by eating some!
Your first stop of the day, in that amazing air-conditioned car you rented at the Melbourne airport, should be USA Foods. This fantastic store is located at 110 Cochranes Road, Moorabbin, which is about a 25-minute drive from the centre of Melbourne.
Here, you will find all manner of tasty American treats, so stock up! They have a great range of drinks, as well as sweet and savoury snacks. Make sure you grab a box of Animal Crackers, some Cracker Jacks and Moon Pie Minis to eat in the car.
If you haven't filled up on snacks, you should also visit Misty's Diner. This cosy American restaurant can be found in Prahran at 103-105 High Street, which is an 11-minute drive from the city.
With a french fries, burritos, grilled steak and stuffed potato skins on their menu, you'll be spoilt for choice – and ridiculously full when you walk out the door.
Nothing says Americana like a good ol' theme park, and that's why Luna Park should definitely make it onto your Fourth of July to-do list. In fact, even the name Luna Park is authentically American – there are dozens of theme parks in the United States that share this name.
The original Luna Park was opened on Coney Island way back in 1907. The park in Melbourne isn't quite that old, but it captures the essence and excitement of the original. Whether you enjoy the thrill of whipping around on a rollercoaster or prefer a more gentle ride on the carousel, Luna Park has something for you.
We recommend starting your day on the family-friendly Arabian Merry – a ride that lets you hop onto a flying elephant and enjoy a gentle up, down and around journey that's suitable for children.
Next, you should graduate to the Ghost Train. This spooky, spine-tingling ride is perfect for those who laugh in the face of danger and enjoy being scared out of their wits.
Finally, you should finish your day at Luna Park on the Pharaoh's Curse. Only attempt this ride if you have a stomach of steel, as it will take you on a 360-degree ride around an "axis of terror". This is your opportunity to see Port Phillip Bay upside down – if you dare to keep your eyes open, that is!
Baseball is one of the United States' favourite sports, and Melbourne is a great place to catch a game. For those of you who don't know, Melbourne has its very own baseball team – the Melbourne Aces – as well as it's own ballpark. Located on Merton Street, Altona, its just a half-hour drive from Melbourne.
It can seat 2,400 people and is a popular destination for Australians from all over the country. The Melbourne Aces have announced that they will be playing at Melbourne Ballpark as part of the ABL season, so keep an eye out for that!
Remember, the Fourth of July is also about spending time with family and friends – so, wherever you go and whatever you do, make sure it's with your loved ones! Happy Independence Day!