Celebrate Independence Day with a bang this year! Imagine the visiting the best places to celebrate the Fourth of July. Here you will receive insight scoops, and helpful advice.
Here are 10 perfect destinations to enjoy the 4th of July holiday.
1) New York City: Fireworks on the Hudson River
The annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show will be choreographed by the winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The best place to get a view is on Pier 84, facing west over New York Harbor.
Fireworks in NYC are set off from barges along the Hudson River close to 23rd Street and West Side Highway, near Chelsea Piers – which you can watch either from its sprawling lawn or better still from one of its restaurants with water views.
This event has been going since 1976 and draws more than 200,000 spectators annually.
2) Chicago: River fireworks at Navy Pier
Chicago will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a festively-timed waterfront fireworks display.
Navy Pier, which is located on Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago and stretches over 800 feet out into the water, offers free admission to its rooftop deck for this spectacle – perfect for viewing without having to pay expensive fees or worrying about crowds near you.
The show starts at dusk (typically around 11:00 PM) so dress appropriately! You can also ride their Ferris Wheel 365 days a year if that’s your thing too.
If it’s raining then they still have an indoor event set up from 12pm-11pm called “Fourth Festivities” where there are attractions like live music, games, and food.
3) Boston: The annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks show
The Boston Pops concert will be held at the historic Hatch Memorial Shell in Esplanade Park, and there are still some tickets available on their website!
This event is a breathtaking display of patriotism with fireworks lighting up the sky over the Charles River. The show starts around 11:00 PM so dress appropriately for this outdoor event.
There are also other events that you can partake in before or after such as “Fourth Festivities” from 12pm-11pm which includes live music, carnival games and food vendors; activities like yoga classes, art exhibitions, movies shown outdoors and more!
4) Washington, D.C.: Independence Day Parade in Constitution Hall followed by a free concert at the National Mall
The Fourth of July parade on Constitution Avenue is a favorite event for locals and out-of-towners alike. It starts at 11AM, so be sure to show up early with your chairs and blankets!
This parade features marching bands from across the country, military units including color guards, historical reenactments like colonial soldiers or Civil War artillery teams – plus there’s always an appearance by Uncle Sam as he waves his flag and walks alongside floats carrying celebrities such as Miss America contestants or Disney Channel stars.
Afterwards enjoy lunch in some nearby restaurants then head over to the National Mall where you can catch free live concerts all day long! Be sure to bring sunscreen because it will most likely be hot outside for this time of year.
5) Philadelphia: Festival of Freedom with music, food, and children’s activities
This event is from noon – 11pm and features live music, food booths, rides for children as well as their parents.
It can get quite crowded so be sure to arrive early with your chairs and blankets! It’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen because there will most likely be hot weather.
The festival starts on July 01st through 04th where you can enjoy festivities such as picnics in an outdoor fair-like setting complete with carnival games; giant inflatable moon bounces, midway games like bingo or ring toss; concessions stands serving up everything including fried foods to vegan options and more!
6) Denver: Red Rocks Amphitheater for live performances followed by a fireworks display over Red Rocks Park
Red Rocks Park and the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado is a must-see destination for any Fourth of July. The park provides trails that lead to an amazing view overlooking the city so you can watch fireworks from afar!
The amphitheater offers free admission before noon but if you want guaranteed seating then don’t get there too late because this event starts at around 8:00 PM with performances by national recording artists followed by one hour long fireworks display starting right after sunset.
If you want more than just music during your day-filled festivities then feel free to visit some nearby restaurants such as Lulu’s on Pearl Street which serves breakfast until 12pm; or Saigon Lotus where they offer Vietnamese-Asian cuisine.
7) Seattle: Fourth of July parade through downtown
This event starts at 11AM with a parade followed by live music and entertainment. There are also activities for children such as face painting, arts & crafts, games and more!
If you’re looking to chow down on some quick bites then Seattle’s Westlake Park is the place to go where you’ll find restaurants like Burgerville or Denny’s (both open 24 hours) plus food trucks that offer everything from burgers to hot dogs – plus they serve beer too!
Then watch the spectacular firework show from Gas Works Park to celebrate America’s birthday!
8) Miami Beach: A weekend long 4th of July celebration that includes concerts on Miami Beach
Enjoy the always-popular annual “Red White & Blue” festival where live music plays through late into the night with concerts by some of today’s hottest artists like Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias on Thursday evening before being followed up on Friday night with performances from rock veteran Jon Bon Jovi or country crooner Kenny Chesney among others.
The festivities will be in the central business district of Miami which includes Bayfront Park, Bayside Marketplace and AmericanAirlines Arena.
For a finish, the night will end with one of Miami’s most popular events: The fireworks show over Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami. Attending this year’s event will be a must for the late-night crowd looking to party all night long.
9) Nashville: Music City’s 4th Celebration
Nashville is synonymous with music and the Fourth of July celebration includes a free concert in downtown Nashville.
Attendees can enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Music City as they stroll along Lower Broadway or take in live performances by some of famed country artists including Kelsea Ballerini, Randy Owen from Alabama or Charlie Daniels Band at this year’s show on Saturday night.
The evening concludes with a fireworks show over Nashville for one last display of patriotism before all attendees head home to celebrate America’s freedom another day.
10) Louisville: Fun with the Fourth at Iroquois Park
Head to Louisville for a patriotic time with friends and family.
Located on the Ohio River, Iroquois Park is famous for hosting some of America’s largest Fourth of July celebrations each year. Attendees can enjoy live music while watching fireworks go off overhead in one of Kentucky’s most stunning natural preserves.
Tickets are required to get into Iroquois Park during this event which includes access to amusement rides, games and concessions or visitors can purchase tickets only that allow them entry without waiting in lines or riding any attractions at the park. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated back to charities benefitting children such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program through her partnership with The Bob Woodruff Foundation.”
The Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated American holidays because it commemorates America’s independence. This year, why not experience it in one of the country’s most scenic and unique destinations? From Miami Beach to Nashville, Louisville or even Washington D.C., these are just a few examples of perfect places to celebrate Independence Day this summer.
Which one of these places would you like to visit? What are your thoughts on celebrating the Fourth of July in these destinations?