You know that you’ll be wearing red, white, and blue, but do you know where you’ll be when you celebrate the good ol’ US of A? If you’re still without plans and in the mood for a road trip, we’ve got some bright ideas.
What better place to spend Independence Day than the city where it all started? Here, the main event is the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River. Revelers start camping out hours in advance to ensure a prime view of both the orchestra and the amazing pyrotechnics that light up the sky over the waterfront. If you can’t snag a spot, don’t fret; the city’s annual Harborfest offers several events and programs that honor the area’s rich history.
Las Vegas, NV
Glitz and glam are a permanent fixture here, so it should com as no surprise that Vegas is one of the best spots to party in honor of America. You’ll have your pick of the usual upscale events at nightclubs on the strip, but old-fashioned fireworks can also be enjoyed at The Stratosphere, Caesars Palace, and Mandalay Bay.
It doesn’t get much more American than baseball, so if you can snag tickets to the White Sox game, you’re in for one heck of a holiday celebration. Family-friendly activities can also be found at Millennium Park. For a truly traditional 4th experience to round out the day, head to the Navy Pier for a truly dazzling display.
New Orleans, LA
The Big Easy certainly knows how to do it up at any time of the year, and they pull out all the stops every year when it comes to their fireworks. Taking full advantage of its location on the Mississippi River (and its tradition of dueling pianos), NOLA hosts a “dueling barges” event, in which two vessels try to outdo each other with brighter colors and more elaborate arrangements.
Another particularly patriotic city, the city of Philly holds a variety of events to commemorate the holiday. These include the Party on the Parkway, an all-day festival that features food, drink, and family-friendly games and activities. Later on, the 4th of July Jam — which bills itself as the largest free concert in the country — fills the air with both upbeat sounds from top performers and an impressive fireworks finale. This year, The Roots and Miguel headline.