Top 10 Places For Celebrating July 4th In The USA

by Note with Love Team - Jun 26, 2024
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America celebrates is Independence Day on July 4th. It is a beloved American observation that marks the country’s freedom and unity. On this day, in 1776, British power ended with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Independence day, a federal holiday, is extensively celebrated around the nation, and locals and visitors alike enjoy spectacular fireworks displays, parades, and other lively events. If you are in a fix about where to celebrate July 4th this year, here I am with a guide to help you.

I have listed the top ten places for 4th of July celebration in the United States along with some other activities you can do to celebrate the Independence Day. Let’s see if you shortlisted any of these!

1. San Francisco, California

California, the Golden State, doesn’t let you down with their 4th of July celebrations. It is well-known for its spectacular and diversified festivities. 

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Held over the renowned San Francisco Bay, the Fourth of July Fireworks display in San Francisco provides stunning vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and the surrounding urban landscape. This makes it one the best places for 4th of July celebrations.

Other Events

  • The Fillmore Jazz Festival, the biggest free jazz event on the West Coast, features renowned musicians, art galleries, and mouthwatering cuisine.
  • Fireworks display on the Fourth of July at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium.
  • Special events and activities focusing on science, art, and human judgment are held at the Exploratorium.

2. New York City, New York

The Empire State Building is known as one of the best places for 4th of July celebrations, which are unlike any other. This is especially true in the city’s downtown area. NY is one of the best place to visit in the USA in July.

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The city is home to the famous Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, which takes place over the East River. This extraordinary exhibition of fireworks set to music illuminates the Manhattan skyline.

Other Events

  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Challenge on Coney Island draws competitors from all over the world to battle for the honor of hotdog-eating champion.
  • Manhattan’s Fourth of July Parade
  • Concerts in Central Park’s open air.
  • A spectacular Fourth of July event with live musical performances is held at the Statue of Liberty.
  • Visiting famous sites like Times Square where people gather to countdown the new year together.

3. Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., provides an unforgettable 4th of July celebration. The centerpiece is the National Mall, where you can take in both a free concert by well-known musicians and the impressive fireworks display over the Washington Monument. A march down the Constitution Avenue is also part of the day.

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To celebrate Fourth July, Seattle’s Gas Works Park holds the Seafair Summer Fourth with thriving cuisine and music scenes in addition to The National Independence Day Parade, which includes marching bands, floats, troops, and VIPs.

Other Events

  • Tacoma Freedom Festival, which includes an airshow and fireworks.
  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival offers a global cultural experience with music, cuisine, and handicrafts.
  • Parades in Spokane and other cities.
  • Visiting areas like Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier.

4. Austin, Texas

Texas is renowned for having lively and boisterous 4th July celebrations. To celebrate Independence Day, many communities and towns, across the state, stage their own special celebrations featuring fireworks, live music, parades, and family-friendly activities.

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The H-E-B Austin Symphony 4th July Concert and Fireworks is held in Austin at Vic Mathias Shores. It includes an outstanding performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, followed by a spectacular fireworks show over Lady Bird Lake.

Other Events

  • Houston’s “Freedom Over Texas” celebration.
  • Panther Island Pavilion hosts the “Fort Worth’s Fourth” festival.
  • The Dallas Fort Worth Stockyards hosts the family-friendly celebration Frontier Fourth.
  • An ethnic event called “Fiesta Noche del Rio” is held at the Arneson River Theatre in San Antonio.
  • Independence Day festivities near Austin at Lake Travis.

5. Boston, Massachusetts

Because of Massachusetts’ historical importance as the cradle of the American Revolution, the state’s 4th July celebration is notably unique. In the week preceding the day, the city hosts Harborfest, a festival that features historical reenactments, freedom paths, and live music.   

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The Boston Pops Fireworks Show. This legendary event, held on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, offers a live performance by the famed Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart.

Other Events

  • The Fourth of July procession and fireworks in Plymouth.
  • The USS Constitution does its yearly turnaround trip in Boston Harbor.
  • Lexington and Concord hold historical reenactments.
  • Trips to the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.

6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As the birthplace of American independence and a city with a rich history, Philadelphia honors its historical significance on 4th July by celebrating the spirit of freedom and unity and hosting events and activities for people of all ages. 

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Wawa Welcome America festival takes place over several days and typically starts a few days before July 4th. The lavish fireworks show and performance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway serve as the festival’s main draws.

Other Events

  • The motorcycle rally “Roar on the Shore” takes place in Erie.
  • The “Scrantastic Spectacular” at Nay Aug Park includes live music, food trucks, and kid-friendly events.
  • Three Rivers Regatta in Pittsburgh.
  • Hersheypark amusement park celebrations.

7. New Orleans, Louisiana

The Fourth of July is no exception to New Orleans’ renowned vivid culture and energetic celebrations. From riverboat rides along the Mississippi River to bustling street parties, the city provides an unforgettable blend of Cajun foods, jazz music, and other activities.

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The Go 4th on the River celebration includes dueling barges and riverboat rides down the Mississippi River, as well as colorful city events.

Other Events

  • The Essence Festival, held around 4th July weekend, showcases a celebration of African American culture.
  • French Quarter Festivities

8. Denver, Colorado

In honor of Independence Day, Colorado honors the true spirit of American pride and solidarity. Denver’s diversified neighborhoods, attractive parks, and vibrant downtown environment create the perfect setting for a memorable July 4th celebration. 

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Denver Civic Center Park’s Independence Eve Celebration and Colorado Rockies Fireworks at Coors Field.

Other Events

  • Rodeos and parades in many towns and cities
  • The Rocky Mountains offer outdoor activities.
  • The state hosts a variety of music festivals and cuisine fairs.

9. Illinois, Chicago

With its own special charm, the Windy City joyfully contributes to the national festivities. Chicago provides a wide range of experiences that reflect the essence of this treasured holiday, from breathtaking fireworks to cultural events that highlight the city’s diversity.

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In Illinois, the July 4th celebrations are capped off by the magnificent fireworks displays at Navy Pier.

Other Events

  • The Taste of Chicago, a cuisine event, is held throughout the Chicago suburbs.
  • c and Millennium Park concerts.
  • Spotting renowned sites like The Bean and the Willis Tower.

10. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, which is renowned for its rich history, varied cultures, and southern charm, celebrates Independence Day with a variety of fun events. You can celebrate the Fourth of July at both historical and entertainment sites.

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Atlanta’s AJC Peachtree Road Race. Every year on Independence Day, the 10-kilometer AJC Peachtree Road Race—one of the biggest and most iconic road races in the USA—takes place.

Other Events

  • Fourth of July Extravaganza at Truist Park featuring the Atlanta Braves.
  • Fantastic Fourth Celebration in Stone Mountain Park.
  • Independence Day festivities on the Savannah Riverfront.
  • Fireworks above Lake Lanier in Atlanta.

Bonus: 3 Best Firework Displays You Should Not Miss

  1. Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium Fireworks: The extravagant Rose Bowl Fireworks features live music from the Pasadena Symphony.
  2. National Mall Fireworks (Washington, D.C.): Every year on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a splendor of fireworks display is presented to honor the nation’s heritage and patriotism. 
  3. Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular: At the Charles River Esplanade, a stunning fireworks display with the Boston Pops Orchestra combines music, sparklers, and an upbeat mood, making it a must-see.

Whether you decide to celebrate in the heart of Texas or in New York City to see the splendor of Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, the memories made will last a lifetime. The places mentioned above are some of the best places to visit in the USA in July. However, to prepare for the sunny weather, keep an eye on the weather forecasts. Wherever you decide to celebrate fourth July, don’t forget to send out Happy 4th of July wishes to your loved ones!

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