The 21st birthday is a milestone birthday, the birthday that truly marks the celebrant's shift from adolescence to full-fledged adulthood. Many 21st birthday parties, often attended by a large group of family and friends, centre around celebrating the new rights granted to U.S. citizens when they turn 21, including the right to gamble, to purchase liquor and to buy a firearm.
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Many 21st birthday parties are intended to capitalise on the ability of the new birthday boy (or girl) to legally enter a bar. Most pub crawls involve selecting a neighbourhood with a number of bars in close proximity and taking turns visiting each one. For large groups, a pub crawl is a particularly fun activity, one which can be highlighted by a series of toasts and speeches.
Due to the fact that many strip clubs serve alcohol, most are only open to adults over the age of 21. Some 21st birthday parties, particularly for guys, are hosted at or feature a visit to a strip club. Typically, barring the existence of a wife or significant other, the birthday boy is purchased a lap dance. Many strips clubs also offer specials for large groups.
In addition to purchasing alcohol, adults are legally allowed to frequent establishments that feature table games and slots, such as casinos. Some 21st birthday parties are hosted at a casino and feature a night of gambling and debauchery. Often, in case of a large group, the party will rent out a large hotel room, such as a suite, from which they can begin the evening and to which they can conveniently return when the night is over.
In addition to gaining the right to visit neighbourhood bars, 21 marks the age at which a person can legally visit a nightclub. Birthdays at nightclubs are generally glitzy affairs, with guests dressed for a night on the town. Often, particularly at fancier establishments, table service will be available, in which, for a fee, a group is granted access to a sit down table and provided with a bottle of wine or liquor.
For some, a 21st birthday is most noteworthy for the new right to purchase firearms. For the gun enthusiast, a hunting party may be the best way of marking the big day. Hunting in large groups can often be tricky, as too many people can scare away game. For this reason, instead of going after big game, plan the party around a kind of hunt that lots of people can participate in, such as a turkey shoot or a duck hunt.
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