Best Places to Celebrate Fourth of July
One of the most exciting things about summer is the celebration of Independence Day. You can spend all day on the beach, attend a parade or have a cookout with friends a family to celebrate the national holiday.
What better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than in our nation's capital? Washington, D.C., has a spectacular fireworks display that thousands gather on the National Mall to watch.
Earlier in the day the Independence Day Parade honors the country's past and marks its progression through the Revolutionary War up through present day. Also during the day is "A Capitol Fourth" on the U.S. Capitol's West Lawn. The free 90-minute musical event features the National Symphony Orchestra and ends with live cannon fire during the playing of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." The Willard InterContinental Hotel near the White House hosts a Fourth of July block party where you can enjoy barbecue classics and a crepe station while listening to a live rock band.
While you're here, be sure to check out stunning national sites including the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument. You can brush up on your history with a visit to the National Museum of American History. Here you can check out the "American Stories" exhibit and artifacts including Dorothy's red slippers and part of Plymouth Rock.
Founded in 1973 by philanthropist David Mungar, the July 4th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is one of the most well-known events in the country. More than 500,000 people from all over the states attend the fireworks display to honor the day of U.S. independence.
The Boston Pops Firework Spectacular is held at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Food vendors are scattered throughout Boston and Cambridge and 18 sound towers in the cities provide public service announcements and recorded music. Merchandise is sold in a tent in the main concession area for you to remember your trip by.
You can spend time visiting the grounds formerly walked by our Founding Fathers and see where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were drafted as you make your way through the city.
Philadelphia is home to more than 200 years of history pertaining to America's earliest beginnings and also where you'll find the Liberty Bell in historic Independence Hall. Throughout the city you'll find free concerts and a parade, among a number of other independent celebrations honoring the birth of the nation. Then to conclude the night, you can watch the fireworks above the Philadelphia Museum of Art while listening to bands perform live music.
The Windy City begins celebrating the Fourth of July several days before the holiday with a number of festivities. There are festivals, concerts, baseball games and an amazing fireworks display over Lake Michigan to end the night. You can spend July 4 at Millennium Park or visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo before you make your way to the waterfront for the celebration.
If you prefer to get as close to the action as possible, there are also a number of attractions at Navy Pier. Catch a ride on the Ferris Wheel, as it travels 15 stories high and offers spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. At the Navy Pier Beer Garden, you can listen to free preformances by bands, many of which include blues and rock classics.
San Juan Islands
Just off the coast of Washington are the San Juan Islands - and their Fourth of July celebration is out of this world.
San Juan is home to Fourth of July Beach on Griffin Bay. Here you can spend the day in the water or playing All-American sports such as baseball and softball before the nighttime fireworks display. There's also the Pig War Picnic to honor the Pig War between the British and Americans in 1859 and the Friday Harbor parade that is followed by a commemorative picnic on Price Street.