On the Fourth of July Americans everywhere celebrate the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776. This declaration on July 4th, 1776 sent the message to Britain that the thirteen American colonies would no longer be subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.
We wanted to give an honorable mention to Bristol, RI,America’s Most Patriotic Town, which is also the home to the U.S.’s oldest Independence Day celebration. The original party was established in 1785 by Revolutionary War veteran Rev. Henry Wight but has grown and only gotten better every year.
Now let’s move onto our top selections for Fourth of July celebration destinations.
# 10 – Addison, TX
Everything is bigger in Texas! This beautiful suburban community in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is known for its fireworks show: Kaboom Town.
Yes, the fireworks are awesome but patriots young and old don’t only come for the 30-minute light show. Kaboom Town has something for everyone and includes an air show, carnival, games, hundreds of food vendors and live music – not to mention some of the most family-friendly and budget-friendly accommodations in the US making it fun and affordable, which is what gets this spot in Texas in our top selection for Independence Day destinations!
# 9 – Seattle, WA
You can head down to the world-famous Pike Place Fish Market, dodge a few fish, buy something fresh to toss on the grill and afterwards head over to the fourth of July celebrations at Gas Works Park for one of the best fireworks display in the country.
Visitors can also look forward to live entertainment, sack races, pie-eating contests and one of our favorites, a beer garden.
Sounds like a great place to be for Independence Day.
# 8 – Washington, DC
What better place to celebrate America’s birthday than in the nation’s capital? Visitors can take in the annual National Independence Day Parade, watch fireworks over the National Mall and participate in a variety of free activities.
Besides the fact that the fireworks display over the Washington Monument is the icon of iconic images, celebrating Independence Day at the National Mall is a no-brainer for many more reasons to more than 700,000 Americans and visitors every year and why we have selected it as one of our top picks for 2019.
# 7 – Myrtle Beach, SC
There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Myrtle Beach during the Fourth of July festivities. This popular tourist destination, a 60-mile stretch of sandy brown sand, becomes a hotspot for the family during the summer months. Particularly desirable for those with kids (or grandkids) in tow, Myrtle Beach boasts a slew of amusement parks, racetracks, and outdoor water parks.
On the Fourth of July in particular, be sure to get a glimpse of the many parades going on throughout the town, including the Pawley’s Island Golf Cart Parade, where participants create “floats” out of golf carts and flatbed trucks. Fitness enthusiasts can take their mark on the Independence Day 5 or 8k run in The Market Common.
As night falls, claim a spot along the Boardwalk and turn your head upwards for an inspiring view as the lights of America’s independence reflect off the magnificent Atlantic Ocean.
# 6 – New Orleans, LA
The Big Easy is no stranger to a good celebration, and the Fourth of July is certainly no exception. Located in southeastern Louisiana and straddling both sides of the Mississippi River, this city isn’t short on photo-worthy scenery. And on Independence Day, New Orleans goes all out, hosting not one, but two fireworks shows at the same time which can be viewed from along the New Orleans riverfront or aboard a riverboat. For the latter, hop onto the Creole Queen or Steamboat Natchez and tilt your head directly up into the sky.
During the day, there’s no lack of barbequed meat to sample. For those wanting to snag a great Fourth of July deal, take a stroll along the river and walk into the French Quarter for some bargain shopping as well!
# 5 – Mount Rushmore, SD
Displaying the faces of some of America’s most influential presidents, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the hottest places to be to watch the fireworks show on the Fourth of July.
The small towns of the Black Hills band together during this two-day celebration, displaying their patriotism with Old West shootouts, re-enactments, cookouts, and ice cream socials.
At night, stand with thousands of other patriots as the 60-foot faces of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson shine above the crowd in the midst of some of America’s most striking geological wonders.
# 4 – San Diego, CA
Why not Celebrate Independence Day San Diego style? America’s Finest City is also known as one of the best cities for a Fourth of July celebration.
Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, San Diego is an easy choice for 4th of July celebrations. It is hard to think of anything better than relaxing with loved ones on a long stretch of sand and watching an extraordinary show of lights in the sky.
The city’s memorable July 4th events are capped off with the annual Big Bay Boom Independence Day Spectacular.
# 3 – Nashville, TN
Otherwise known as “Music City,” Nashville is arguably one of the best places in the nation to get your groove on during the Independence Day festivities with more than 180 music venues around town.
There is no better place to listen to live music than in the city that practically invented music. July 4th in Nashville is a fun-filled day of music, parades, food trucks, and of course fireworks. Set to the music of the Grammy-award-winning Nashville symphony, this marvellous fireworks display is sure to please!
# 2 – Philadelphia, PA
Celebrate America’s birthday at the birthplace of America itself — Philadelphia! For those looking for a true party, the “City of Brotherly Love” makes America’s birthday a weeklong affair. Plus “Wawa Welcome America!” which is a citywide festival that is jam packed with multiple fireworks displays, free concerts, free museum days, community events, free outdoor movie screenings, block parties and more. So, why not tour Independence Hall – where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776 and retrace the steps where our Founding Fathers made history.
From free museum days to free performances, Philadelphia pulls out all the stops to celebrate one of the most prominent days in American history. On the evening of the Fourth of July, assemble for what is said to be the largest free concert in the country as an awe-inspiring 15-minute light show plays brightly against the backdrop of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Is there a better place to celebrate America’s 243rd birthday than America’s birthplace? Well if you are following along with our selection you know that we think there is one.
# 1 – New York, NY
There should be no doubt that New York, the host which hosts the largest 4th of July fireworks display in America would be on our list. New York has so much to offer and every year, Macy’s Fireworks sees more than three-million people line the banks of the East River in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens to watch what has become in its 43-year history a “dazzling pyrotechnic spectacle.” It’s also an annual tradition for more than 12 million Americans to view the event on television each year.
But if you are there live, then head to Coney Island for the iconic Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest before taking in the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular from one of the Big Apple’s many rooftop hangouts. You can even watch like a VIP from the Empire State Building’s open-air observatory. You will not be disappointed.
We hope that wherever you are, you celebrate the America you love and that you enjoy the day and all that this great holiday represents and offers with friends and family. We would love to hear where you like to spend your Fourth of July and you never know it just might make our list for next year.
Happy Fourth of July, from our family to yours!!!!
by Jamie Barrie