The 4th of July is always an exciting time in America, with plenty of parades, barbecues, and fireworks displays to celebrate summer in style. Perhaps you’re partying in your hometown this year or traveling to a new city to see how Independence Day is celebrated somewhere else. At FunSherpa, we can set you up with lots of exciting summer activities to check out before and after your holiday celebrations. It’s a three-day weekend after all, so why not take full advantage of a little time off of work and school?
These are some of the best places to celebrate the 4th of July in America:
Washington DC’s National Mall
There’s just something truly special about spending Independence Day in our nation’s capital. Head to the National Mall on the 4th for a massive fireworks display. The sky lights up at about 9:10 pm and stays that way for about 20 minutes. It’ll be insanely crowded, so get there early to get a good seat. For a different view, you can watch the fireworks from the Capitol building, the National Cathedral, and further out in the West and East Potomac Parks.
Boston Pops Firework Spectacular
Boston’s annual fireworks celebration draws around 800,000 people each year. This year, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be streamed live on the event website and CBS Boston. To avoid some of the crowd congestion, you can head to the Cambridge side of the river to watch the display or take a boat or canoe ride along the Charles River.
New York’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
Not surprisingly, one of the best 4th of July celebrations in the country takes place in New York City. The fireworks display takes place over the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. There are no admission fees to attend the event, but locals tend to arrive several hours early for the 9 pm fireworks show.
Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America Fourth of July Jam Concert
Philadelphia’s 4th of July celebration is one of the largest in the nation. Although the fireworks display only lasts about 15 minutes, the festival that takes place all day makes it worth the trip. The huge outdoor concert is always a popular way for music-lovers to celebrate the holiday and relax in good company.
Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park is the place to be for a great concert and fireworks show in Atlanta. This year, Taylor Hicks is headlining the music show. If you don’t feel like fighting the crowds, you can also see displays at Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead or check out the Decatur 4th Celebration.
Houston’s Freedom over Texas
Country music fans will want to spend the 4th in Houston because Jennifer Nettles, Chip Esten, and Clare Bowen will be performing. Tickets to the event cost $8, and the concert is followed by a Texas-size fireworks display.
Chicago’s Navy Pier Independence Day
You can get a great view of Chicago’s fireworks anywhere along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, but most of the action takes place at Navy Pier. One of the most elegant ways to see the display is by hopping on board a cruise or chartered boat around the lake during the display. You can also find lots of rooftop parties in the area to keep the party going.
Pasadena’s Americafest at the Rose Bowl
Although many of the largest 4th of July celebrations take place on the east coast, the west coast knows how to throw a party too! If you’re planning to be in California over the holiday, head to Pasadena for a fun all-day festival with music, family events, and even a motorcycle stunt show. There is an admission fee to attend the event, and the fireworks finale kicks off about 9 pm.
And there’s still plenty of time for fun and exploration after the last firework has fizzled out. If you’re looking for exciting ways to spend the rest of your 4th of July weekend, check out some of the great summertime adventures that we can hook you up with!