Best cities to celebrate the 4th of July
With Independence Day just around the corner, now is the time to research last minute holiday deals in your favourite US cities. Whether it’s fireworks, a parade or all-American barbecues, each city has a unique way of celebrating the Fourth of July. Here are a few of our favourite places to visit and book a hotel in.
With a population of 8.4 million, you’ll find plenty of people to celebrate with in New York City. Enjoy a picnic in Central Park, check out Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island and witness the famous Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks all in one day. History buffs looking for less-popular tourist options should check out a Revolutionary New York Walking Tour, which stops at significant New York landmarks featured in the Revolutionary War. You’ll visit the grave of Alexander Hamilton, as well as spots connected to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
When it comes to Independence Day, Chicago certainly knows how to party. The city comes alive with music festivals and carnivals, ball games and a spectacular fireworks display over Navy Pier. (The pier, with its skyline views along Lake Michigan, is also home to the Navy Pier Beer Garden, where you can catch free live performances of some of Chicago’s best musical acts.) Families should check out Frontier Days Festival, an event featuring live music, a carnival, parade and weekend craft market at Recreation Park. If you’re a music lover, check out Grant Park Music Festival – an outdoor classical music series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
When we think of American history and patriotism, the city of Boston immediately springs to mind. Today it remains a top destination for Fourth of July vacations. The annual Boston Harborfest kicks off on 1 July, with 200 events taking place across the city’s historic downtown and waterfront districts. Many of these events are free and include everything from fireworks to concerts, cruises, tours and re-enactments, together with a reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old State House. Catch performances of patriotic tunes such as “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, “America”, and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – a free outdoor concert in the Hatch Shell next to the Charles River.
If sun and sand are more your cup of tea, there’s no better place to spend Independence Day weekend than LA. From traditional forms of revelry (think the Palisades Americanism Parade) to the downright eccentric (Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach anyone?), LA has a diverse range of events and activities to tickle your fancy. One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California takes place at the AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl, with music and food vendors. If soccer is your thing, LA Galaxy will take on Toronto FC at the StubHub Center. For something really different, jump on board the Queen Mary, which is hosting a Tribute to Classic Americana, with live music stages, strolling entertainers and fireworks.
Wherever you decide to spend Independence Day, be prepared for a jam-packed weekend of fun, frivolity and fireworks.