Best Independence Day Celebrations

The summer brings many reasons to celebrate. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, many travelers plan vacations that will include fireworks, festivals, and other celebrations. One of the best reasons to plan a trip is the 4th of July. Across the country there are wonderful festivities for celebrating our nation's birthday. Keep reading to discover some of the best Independence Day celebrations across the country.

4th of july romance coupleHouston, Texas

What could be a bigger 4th of July celebration than one in Texas? Head to Houston for their annual Freedom Over Texas fireworks display as well as concerts and other patriotic attractions. This celebration proves that you don't need a body of water to put on an impressive fireworks display.

New Orleans, Louisiana

If there's one city that knows how to throw a party, regardless of the reason, it's New Orleans. Home to one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the country, called Go Fourth on the River , this annual event includes fireworks over the Mississippi River and more. The party will continue after the fireworks with live music, late night dining, and dancing until dawn.

Seattle, Washington

The best time of year to visit Seattle is during the summer months, when you can see the city at its best and brightest. The summer is also home to the Family Fourth at Lake Union event , a celebration that includes family-friendly activities at Gas Works Park and a nighttime fireworks display.

St. Louis, Missouri

Are you looking for a place in the Midwest to celebrate the 4th of July? If so, set your sights on St. Louis. Here the annual festivities include concerts, fireworks, air shows, and more. Events stretch over two days and concerts have been known to attract big name performers like John Legend or the B-52s. Check the website of St. Louis to see who is on tap to perform this year.

Orlando, Florida

People looking for a family-friendly 4th of July celebration should head to Orlando, Florida. Every year the Epcot amusement park has a variety of events that are perfect for families, including fireworks, music, and great food. Epcot also provides educational rides and videos for kids about America's history.

Williamsburg, Virginia

Some of the best Independence Day celebrations are the ones that remind us what we're celebrating: the birthday of our country. In Williamsburg, Virginia there are many historically focused events in addition to fireworks and concerts. A trip to Colonial Williamsburg or Historic Yorktown will provide an educational element for the kids.

Boston, Massachusetts

Why not celebrate the 4th of July in the city that started it all with the Boston Tea Party? There are many places to learn about the American Revolution in Boston, in addition to watching the Boston Pops Spectacular over the Charles River .

Addison, Texas

With a nickname like Kaboom Town , you know that the fireworks display and 4th of July celebrations in Addison, Texas have to be good. A 30-minute fireworks show here also includes an air show to kick off the festivities.

Aurora, Colorado

Instead of planning a trip to a beach with sweltering temperatures, why not head to Colorado and celebrate the 4th while breathing in crisp mountain air? The celebration in Aurora, Colorado is called Light Up the Night and includes fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.

Charlotte, North Carolina

The 4th of July celebrations in Charlotte may not be the biggest, but they do offer quality. Festivities here include a fireworks display called the Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular in addition to family-friendly activities and concerts.

 

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