While many of you might have already packed bags and made plans to travel in the long Independence day weekend, quite a few of you might be sulking over the fact that you can’t step out of Chennai owing to certain commitments. If you are raking your brains over how to spend Independence day in the city, we give you a guide to have some fun. There are quite a few things you can do to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Flag hoisting at Marina beach

If you are one of the early risers, just step out and go to either Marina beach. The state govt. conducts a colourful and fantastic Independence day celebrations. The parades led by the Armed Forces, Tamil Nadu Police, the Commando Force, The National Cadets and other troops is worth a watch and will charge you up for the day. This is followed by cultural performances including dance, music and skits portraying important incidents and heroes of freedom struggle. The celebrations get over by 11.30 am-12 pm.

Ride for a cause

If you are not the kinds to spend the morning at the Beach witnessing the celebrations, you can register for the TEAM DELTABOX Independence day ride that will start from Mahabalipuram and within 2 km there is an orphanage (Aanathai Aasaramam), where you get to donate breakfast. and spend some time with children and conduct fun games.

Special lunch buffet

After spending your time at the celebrations or riding around Mahabalipuram, you would surely be ravenously hungry. Ditch breakfast and rather opt for a lavish lunch buffet being offered by various restaurants and cafes. Six’O’ One at The Park Chennai is offering a special lunch buffet offering delectable Indian specialties. Pay for one buffet and the second one is on the house. You can enjoy Kerala appam and Kashmiri bakarkhani served with Goan lamb vindaloo/Bengali dum aloo, Kanyakumari tawa fish, grilled tiranga paneer in phool makhana gravy, Hyderabadi chicken biryani and more. Taj properties like Taj Coromandel, Taj Club House, Gateway Hotel IT Expressway and Vivanta by Taj-Fisherman’s Cove are all offering food from across India to celebrate the spirit of freedom.

Musical evening at DakshinaChitra

In case, you can finish lunch early, head straight to DakshinaChitra that is hosting a Russian singing bell concert by Vera Lipen. The Russian Singing Bells have unique, pure and powerful sounds. They are specially tuned to create long resonating harmonious vibrations that evoke the feeling of peace in heart and mind. Vera Lipen plays intuitive musical compositions on the Russian Singing Bells. Deeply contemplative sounds of the uniquely tuned plate bells put the audience in a peaceful trans-like state and initiate profound inner experiences. It is an experience in itself!