Commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Independence Day is one of the most important holidays in the US. Associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, family reunions and other social events, the Fourth of July is celebrated all over the states and everyone seems to celebrate it differently. Sure, most of them have a staple firework display of some sort but some of these places can throw massive 4th of July celebrations that can include some pretty awesome things (beer gardens anyone?)! With all these incredible events taking place in our own backyard it’s almost sinful to not plan to visit at least some of them. On this list, we’ll help you decide which 4th of July celebrations are worth your time (and your money). These are the 25 Best Places To Celebrate An Awesome Fourth Of July.
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Let us start out with the city where it all began. In Philly, the Fourth of July festivities run all day and night, including a parade through the city center and a concert on the Parkway. The city’s firework display is held over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art that was featured in the famous Rocky movie. While in the “City of Brotherly Love,” you can stay in the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia or the Rittenhouse Hotel that rank among the most popular ones.
San Diego, California
The 8th largest city in the US, San Diego is famous for its strong patriotism, which makes Independence Day celebrations even more intense and enjoyable. If you get tired of the festive hustle and bustle of this Californian metropolis, you can always head out to one of local tranquil beaches. A popular holiday spot for both domestic and international visitors, the city boasts numerous great hotels such as Fairmont Grand Del Mar and the Pacific Terrace Hotel.
The larger of the Twin Cities, Minnesota is another great destination for your Fourth of July holiday. Watch the city´s magnificent fireworks from the Stone Arch Bridge or the Gold Medal Park, enjoy one of many concerts and participate in a sport tournament. As the city is a major cultural center of the area, it offers a variety of hotels for its visitors. Hampton Inn & Suites, The Commons Hotel and the Marquette are among the most frequented ones.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Known as Sin City, Las Vegas is famous for year-round glitz and glamour. However, on the Fourth of July, the atmosphere is even more captivating. Spectacular firework displays, renowned pool club parties, sunny weather and world-class DJs will make your Independence Day holiday an unforgettable experience. As Las Vegas is more popular during other holidays, you should have an easy time getting a good deal on a hotel. Try Mandarin Oriental or Wynn Las Vegas.
Home to the world´s busiest airport, Atlanta is a place where the Fourth is anything but boring. Offering a wide range of traditional activities through which visitors and residents alike can celebrate the nation’s birthday, the city hosts concerts, public barbecues, fireworks and other festive attractions. Out of hundreds of hotels found in the city, the Four Seasons Hotel, The St. Regis Atlanta and The Ritz-Carlton have the best reviews.
One of the oldest cities in the US, Boston played an important role in American history. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this city takes special care of the Independence Day celebrations. Held over the Charles River, the lavish pyrotechnic show is accompanied by the Boston Pops orchestra. If you decide to spend your Fourth of July vacation in this city, book a room in the Seaport Boston Hotel or the Hotel Commonwealth.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is known as the “Big Easy” and the nickname is accurate. In fact, the party never stops in this city. If you travel to New Orleans on Independence Day, you can enjoy the liberty of drinking on the streets, dining on delicious food and soaking up the overall relaxed atmosphere. Naturally, spectacular fireworks and parades are integral parts of the celebration as well. The city boasts many renowned hotels with Grenoble House and the Hotel Mazarin ranking among the most popular ones.
New York City, New York
No Fourth of July destinations list would be complete without New York City. Apart from the famous Macy´s Fourth of July firework display, the “City That Never Sleeps” offers its visitors an almost inexhaustible range of activities and events. From a picnic in the Brooklyn Bridge Park to special July 4th beach parties, New York has something for everyone. Spend your holiday in one of hundreds of NYC´s hotels such as the Hotel Central Park or The Surrey.
San Francisco, California
In San Francisco, Independence Day celebrations take place at the Fisherman’s Wharf. There’s a free concert starting at 5 p.m., with fireworks being launched not far from Pier 39. Other popular activities include biking around the city, wine tasting tours, and several other fun activities throughout the day. While in the “Fog City,” put yourself up in Hotel Drisco, Omni San Francisco Hotel or the White Swan Inn.
Undoubtedly the most exotic and unusual destination for July 4 celebrations, Hawaii offers the unique combination of a tropical paradise with lavish firework displays and festivities typical of major US cities. Spend your day surfing or sunbathing on one of the splendid local beaches. Then get ready to celebrate until early morning. You can stay in one of Honolulu´s hotels such as the Halekulani Hotel or the Vive Hotel Waikiki.
If you prefer a mild climate with comfortable temperatures to scorching summer heat for your Fourth of July holiday, head out to Denver. Surrounded by astonishing mountain panoramas, the city hosts multiple concerts, festivals, sport events and of course, spectacular fireworks. If you book in advance, you can get a good deal on accommodation in one of Denver´s hotels such as The Oxford Hotel, The Crawford Hotel and Hyatt Regency.
St. Louis, Missouri
When it comes to celebrating July 4, few cities can compare to Saint Louis. Every year, the city holds a gigantic 3-day festival called Fair Saint Louis. Located in Forest Park, the festival kicks off on July 2nd with concerts, family entertainment and other activities, and it goes on until the 4th with fireworks being launched every night. To enjoy this great event to the fullest, it is recommended to book a room in one of St. Louis´ hotels such as Westin or the Moonrise Hotel.
The “Windy City” also knows how to celebrate the country´s birthday. In Chicago, the main event takes place at the historic Navy Pier where people can enjoy various musical performances as well as traditional festival food. The lavish firework display can be viewed over Lake Michigan. If you pick Chicago as your Fourth of July destination, make sure to book a room in one of the city´s renowned hotels such as The Langham or the Talbott Hotel.
The US capital is arguably the most patriotic place in the country to celebrate Independence Day, and the city doesn’t disappoint. From spectacular fireworks and parades to moving musical performances and family-friendly festivals, there’s more than enough fun to fill your Fourth of July week. Out of hundreds of hotels located in Washington D.C., The Jefferson, Rosewood Washington D.C. and the Hay-Adams usually have the best reviews.
The “Magic City” is famous for knowing how to put on a show and Independence Day is a great occasion to demonstrate it. Live concerts, parades, huge barbecue parties and magnificent firework displays – this is just a little sample of what you can expect if you decide to celebrate the Fourth of July in this Floridian metropolis. The Hotel Beaux Arts, the EPIC Hotel and Mandarin Oriental are frequented spots to stay in the city.
Bristol, Rhode Island
With a population of just about 23,000 inhabitants, Bristol is one of the smallest cities on the list, yet this town boasts an impressive title associated with Independence Day celebrations. In 1785, Bristol held the very first Fourth of July parade in the US, and they haven’t missed a year since then. As crowds of tourists invade the town to watch the parade every July 4, you are recommended to book your accommodations (e.g. in the Bristol Harbor Inn) in advance.
In Seattle, the Fourth of July celebrations are held as a part of a big event known as the Seafair Summer Fourth. The main attractions are located at the Gas Works Park that is brimming with live performances, concerts, food stands, beer gardens, shops etc. The nighttime firework display can be viewed from the Lake Union and the Gas Works Park. While in the city, try to get a deal on a room in the Hotel 1000 or the Hotel Ballard.
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
If you prefer a more discreet Fourth of July celebration, Mount Rushmore might be the right choice for you. With the iconic memorial as a backdrop, the Independence Day celebration includes ceremonies honoring U.S. POWs, presidential reenactors and cultural celebrations of American heritage. Due to the risk of wildfire, there aren’t any fireworks at Mount Rushmore. You can stay in the Battle Creek Lodge in the nearby town of Keystone.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, Myrtle Beach is another great location for Fourth of July celebrations. Boasting its renowned long white beaches, this coastal city will offer you various family-friendly events, festivals, and parades as well as spectacular fireworks. Take advantage of the city´s abundance of hotels and book a room in advance. North Beach Plantation, Mar Vista Grande and Avista Resort are popular spots.
Los Angeles, California
The second largest city in the US, Los Angeles has a lot to offer when it comes to celebrating Independence Day. On July 4, visitors can choose from a variety of activities ranging from parades, festivals, barbecues and beach parties to sport events such as soccer and baseball games. As the city is packed with both domestic and foreign tourists all-year-round, make sure to get your accommodations in advance. Hotel Bel-Air and The are good choices.
The most populous city of Michigan, Detroit will not let you get bored on Independence Day. The city hosts several concerts, parades and festivals that will satisfy everybody´s needs. Some of the Fourth of July events and fairs even precede the big day. Detroit might not offer as many hotels as some other major cities on the list, but you can still find some nice places to stay such as Inn on Ferry Street, MGM Grand Detroit or The Atheneum.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Sometimes referred to as “Las Vegas of the East,” Atlantic City is famous for throwing opulent parties, and its Fourth of July celebration doesn’t disappoint. In Atlantic City, the most important part of the celebration are the fireworks that are sometimes watched by more than 250,000 people, which makes it one of the biggest firework displays in the country. The city is also notable for its dense network of hotels such as Caesars Atlantic City and the Wyndham Skyline.
Yes, even in distant Alaska, people know how to throw a great Fourth of July party. If you happen to be around this subarctic city on Independence Day, you can enjoy almost everything most other cities mentioned in the list offer. From parades and concerts to sport events and traditional fireworks, Anchorage has it all. While here, don’t forget to try local renowned seafood and book a room in one of the city´s hotels such as The Hotel Captain Cook.
Houston loves to have a good time, and July 4th is no exception. Since Houston has firework bans in place across the city, your best bet is to check out one of the events organized by the communities around the city. On Independence Day, Houston hosts musical performances, symphony concerts, parades, and entertainment activities including eating contests. There are hundreds of hotels (e.g. The Lancaster and Hilton Garden Inn) to choose from.
Charlotte, North Carolina
In Charlotte, Fourth of July celebrations are really huge. You can choose from a variety of activities and festivities ranging from parades, concerts, and historical presentations to water attractions, free fishing, beach parties and a monstrous firework display. As the city attracts many visitors for the Independence Day holiday, you should take care of your accommodations in advance. You can book a room in the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge.