Best Places to Visit for 4th of July


The 4th of July is more than just fireworks and barbecues – it’s a celebration of American history, culture, and the spirit of freedom. From coast to coast, cities and towns transform into dazzling displays of patriotism, offering unique experiences for every traveler.

Are you yearning for a fireworks display over a majestic coastline? Or perhaps you crave a deep dive into American history, walking the battlefields where freedom was fought for. Maybe you simply seek a fun-filled family adventure with classic parades and delicious regional treats.

We’ll help you discover the perfect destination to celebrate Independence Day. We’ll unveil hidden gems and iconic locations across the nation, each offering a unique blend of festivities, historical significance, and unforgettable experiences. So, pack your bags, unfurl your flag, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable 4th of July adventure!

Top Cities to go for 4th of July

Best Towns to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Top Cities to go for 4th of July

Are you stuck on where to go for the 4th of July this year?  Well, don’t fret because I have listed the top places I believe are great destinations for the 4th of July! These fabulous places truly embody this holiday and are guaranteed a lot of fun. Enjoy!


San Diego, CA

San Diego Bay, United States

If you really want to feel 4th of July at its finest then make your way to San Diego. Barbecues, fireworks, beer, and bonfires is what you can expect in sunny San Diego—specifically Pacific Beach.

The fireworks displays over the San Diego Bay, a sight even more magical when enjoyed from a beach or boat. Soak up the sunshine and celebrate with parades, concerts, and festivals throughout the city. Beyond the festivities, explore historical sites like Old Town San Diego or cool off at the beach or one of the many water parks. With its diverse offerings, San Diego promises an unforgettable 4th of July filled with freedom, fun, and California sunshine.


Boston, MA


One of the best places to enjoy Independence Day festivities with the family is the city where the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Just a year later, on July 4, 1777, residents of this great city commemorated this independence by placing lit candles in their windows.

Boston has over 200 events on July 4th. The Boston Harborfest is on July 1st with many other events throughout the week, so make sure to get work off and book a whole week to Boston. Many of the events are free and range from fireworks, concerts, kids’ days, cruises, tours, and a lot more. For more great activities and ideas check out things to do near Boston Airport.


Chicago, IL

Bokeh Fireworks, Winnemac, Chicago, United States

With Chicago being cold for most of the year, July is a month to definitely travel there. The amazing weather combined with 4th of July is a recipe for a great weekend. They have colorful fireworks which is set to patriotic music and they light up the entire sky.

Chicago transforms into a dazzling spectacle on Independence Day. See the world-famous fireworks event that paints the city’s iconic skyline in striking hues. Take in the show from Navy Pier, a festive hub with stunning waterfront views, delicious food options, and lively entertainment.

Beyond the fireworks, Chicago offers a plethora of activities. Immerse yourself in history with a visit to Millennium Park’s stunning Cloud Gate sculpture, or explore the city’s rich architectural heritage along the Chicago River. For a taste of Americana, indulge in classic barbecue food at a rooftop bar with panoramic city views, or catch a free outdoor concert in one of Chicago’s many beautiful parks. With its unique blend of urban excitement, stunning fireworks, and a colorful atmosphere, Chicago guarantees an unforgettable Independence Day celebration.


Lake Tahoe, CA


If the fireworks are the most important part of 4th of July for you, then you should start your travel plans to Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe hosts “Lights on the Lake,” which is known as the largest pyrotechnics show in the West. It is something you definitely won’t want to miss.

The fireworks celebration at Lake Tahoe is said to be one of the best in the United States by many, including media outlets such as USA Today. It is easily one of the most beautiful settings to celebrate this holiday.

Visitors can take the M.S. Dixie II or the Tahoe Queen, a pair of Mississippi paddle wheelers, out onto the water and watch the fireworks from there. Others can barbeque and picnic on the beautiful sandy beaches at Nevada, Regan and El Dorado Beaches. The view is amazing from these places.


Myrtle Beach, SC


Myrtle Beach explodes with patriotic spirit on the 4th of July! Witness dazzling fireworks displays illuminating the Grand Strand’s iconic coastline.

Enjoy electrifying parades, lively concerts, and delicious barbecues on the beach. Family-friendly activities like water sports, amusement parks, and miniature golf provide endless entertainment. With its blend of sunshine, fireworks, and classic American fun, Myrtle Beach guarantees an unforgettable Independence Day celebration.

If you are on the East coast and you are looking for a beach getaway then Myrtle Beach is the place to be. Prepare for some nice weather, beautiful beaches, and great food.


San Francisco, CA


Visitors to San Francisco on 4th of July can enjoy fireworks launched from Fisherman’s Wharf. A chance to watch with the famous Sea Lions at the end of Pier 39 can make for an especially memorable vacation.

Live music is performed at Pier 39 prior to the fireworks. Some travel across the Golden Gate Bridge and watch from prime viewing spots in the Marin Headlands.

Treasure Island, an island that the Bay Bridge bisects, is also a popular viewing place. During the day, one of America’s largest Fourth of July parades takes place in Alameda on the other side of the Bay Bridge.


Honolulu, HI


Beautiful beaches accompanied by fireworks. Need I say more?

The newest state is home to one of the more spectacular fireworks shows in the country. The Ala Moana Center, located less than two miles from downtown Honolulu, plays host to the festivities.

There are few experiences that compare to going on vacation and watching the sky light up while relaxing on the beach in Waikiki. There is also a great view available from Ala Moana Beach Park. Entertainment ranging from hula shows to concerts starts that afternoon at 1.


New Orleans, LA


New Orleans is a fun and festive way to spend your 4th of July. With festivities from July 3rd to the 6th, you will never have a moment of boredom. The festivities take place in Crescent City and are surrounded by boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops.

Ditch the ordinary and celebrate Independence Day with a touch of NOLA flair in New Orleans! The city explodes in a vibrant mix of American traditions and unique New Orleans charm. Witness the legendary “Dueling Barges” on the Mississippi River with a breath-taking fireworks display.

Second Line parades with brass bands and celebratory crowds add a layer of infectious energy. Indulge in classic American BBQ with a New Orleans twist, or explore the city’s vibrant culinary scene for po’boys, fresh seafood, and refreshing cocktails.

For history buffs, a visit to the National WWII Museum or exploring the French Quarter’s rich heritage adds depth to your Independence Day experience. New Orleans offers a truly unforgettable blend of fireworks, music, delicious food, and joie de vivre, making it a one-of-a-kind place to celebrate America’s birthday.


Seattle, WA


Seattle offers a picturesque backdrop for a truly Pacific Northwest Independence Day experience. Secure a spot at Gas Works Park or Lake Union Park for stunning views and a festive atmosphere.

Seattle boasts unique ways to celebrate. Cruise on the Puget Sound and enjoy the fireworks display from a different perspective. Explore the city’s bustling Pike Place Market, indulging in fresh seafood and local treats, or catch a ferry to Bainbridge Island for a charming escape with small-town festivities. Hike to a scenic overlook or explore the Olympic Peninsula for a breath of fresh air and stunning natural beauty. Seattle offers a unique blend of urban energy, gorgeous scenery, and patriotic spirit, making it a memorable place to celebrate America’s birthday.

Gas Works Park in Seattle holds events from 12 P.M. to 11 P.M. and will be filled with live performances, activities, and a fireworks show. Check out Seafair for more information.

Best Towns to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Across the country, virtually every city and town in the U.S. holds some type of celebration to commemorate the day the founding fathers told King George and his boys to push off. However, across America, not all Fourth of July celebrations are created equal, and the atmosphere of the small-town festivities usually does the better job at recapturing the American spirit of independence.

No matter what part of the country you call home, from sea to shining sea, here are five of the best towns to celebrate the Fourth of July…


Cooperstown, New York

2015 Cooperstown, NY Summer Photo Shoot - aerial photos of downtown Cooperstown, NY


Home to the Hall of Fame of America’s pastime, Cooperstown, New York parties all day on the Fourth of July like its 1776. Starting in nearby Springfield, just 11 miles north of Cooperstown on Route 80, the quintessential small-town Annual Fourth-of-July parade begins at 11 a.m. and includes a barbecue and concert.

The Cooperstown 4th of July fireworks display is held in the spectacular setting of Lakefront Park on Otsego Lake, a fitting setting for an Independence-Day celebration: During the Revolutionary War, under orders from George Washington, General James Clinton led 5,000 men to Lake Otsego where they built a dam, raising the water level four feet. The rebels then knocked out the dam and surged downriver in 200 boats on the resulting flood tide to Tioga Point to help defeat the British. Before the fireworks start, the Cooperstown Community Band puts on a free concert.


Southport, North Carolina

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For more than 200 years the small maritime community of Southport, North Carolina has celebrated America’s birth in a big way. The current Fourth of July celebration grew out of colonial times, when ships anchored in the harbor fired off cannons, and now draws over 40,000 people every year. The impressive Cape Fear River serves as a magnificent backdrop for live concerts and a naturalization ceremony that may just move you to tears, with the pledging of new U.S. citizens.

If you go for the weekend, a Veterans-Recognition ceremony, honoring the sacrifices of America’s armed-forces personnel, a military-band concert and a reading of our nation’s Constitution are held on the days leading up to the 4th. On the 4th of July, the parade begins at 11 a.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m. at the Southport Waterfront. A band plays on the Waterfront Stage after the fireworks to conclude the festivities.


Flagstaff, Arizona


Drawing its name from a tall pine tree flagpole made in 1876 to commemorate the nation’s 100th birthday, Flagstaff, Arizona puts on an all-day party to celebrate America’s birth. Flagstaff, Northern Arizona’s largest city, has a laid-back charm with a pedestrian-friendly downtown crammed with historic architecture, a flourishing bicycle culture and musicians playing bluegrass on street corners.

The annual Fourth of July parade, with over 100 floats, kicks things off at 9 a.m. Flagstaff Art in the Park is a unique arts-and-crafts festival held in Wheeler Park featuring artists from across the Southwest, nonstop live music and a wine garden. An annual concert performed by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is held at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Ft. Tuthill Park, with gates opening at 2 p.m. The “Lights on the Lawn” fireworks display is put on at the Continental Country Club on North Oakmont Dr. at dark. Admission is free for all events.


Telluride, Colorado


Fourth of July in Telluride, CO is small-town Americana at its best. The Fourth kicks off with the Telluride Foundation’s Rundola foot race, benefiting the Telluride Foundation. After the race, the parade starts at 11 a.m. on Telluride’s historic Main Street with homemade floats, silly costumes, music, airplane flybys by the Colorado National Guard and the Telluride Fire Department puts on their famed barbeque in Town Park. With the setting of the sun over the San Juan Mountains, the town firefighters put on a fireworks display that can be seen from just about anywhere in town.

Beside the 4th of July festivities, Telluride is filled with a variety of activities during the summer. The world-renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival held in June attracts some of the best bluegrass musicians in the world and the prestigious Telluride Film Festival runs over Labor Day Weekend. For the hearty, a hike up to Ajax Peak provides stunning views of the town of Telluride, Bridal Veil Basin, Silver Lake and Imogene Pass.


Sonoma, California


Another small-town classic celebration, Sonoma, California’s Fourth of July festival is a nationally recognized, 53 year-old tradition, with the colonial-era Sonoma Plaza being center stage for a fun-filled day. A historic little city in the heart of California’s renowned Sonoma Valley wine-making region, Sonoma is known for its plethora of art galleries and 19th-century adobe buildings, including the Sonoma Barracks used by the Mexican military and the Mission San Francisco Solano.

Sonoma was the site of the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846, when the Bear Flag Party declared California’s freedom from Mexican rule. Independence-Day festivities start at 9 a.m. with live music, food, drink and game booths. A truly California-sized parade begins at 10 a.m. and fireworks start at dark.

Your backyard


If you have a backyard, take advantage of it. Cook some hot dogs, bring out the beers, buy some fireworks, and invite your neighbors and friends. The nicest way to spend 4th of July is with friends and family by the pool.

Do you have any favorite places that you have been to for 4th of July? Let us know in the comments below.

If you’re itching to discover more of the beautiful USA – perhaps a slice of the action in the big apple, or want to climb volcanoes in Hawaii – check out our guide to the most popular states to travel to for some great ideas for a short break!

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