At 245 years old this year, America is celebrating yet another birthday. The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is the perfect time to plan that summer get-together, neighborhood cookout, or heck, maybe even a trip. If you find yourself looking towards that last option, this article is for you. We’ve gone ahead and put together a list of the top 5 places to celebrate the 4th of July.
1. Boston, MA
The fireworks are back in full force this year in Boston, with many great places to go watch the spectacle. After being canceled last year, the show is back on over Boston Common. There will also be a fireworks show on July 3, or the eve of the 4th as we’ve become accustomed to calling it. The fight for American liberty from the British began right here in Boston, so it’s hard not to feel the spirit of Independence Day here in Boston. Boston Common itself is on the historic Freedom Trail, and with 10,000 fireworks being set off, you’ll be feeling extremely patriotic here.
2. Philadelphia, PA
The Wawa Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia runs from June 19 – July 4, celebrating American freedom from Juneteenth to Independence Day. Programming and free admission to the African American Museum in Philadelphia is just one of the many free activities you can experience during the festival, which of course culminates with an incredible fireworks display over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. With over 50 events to experience over the course of the festival, there’s something for everyone.
3. Nashville, TN
If you love country music there’s really only one place to be on the 4th of July, and that’s in Nashville, Tennessee. Music City is putting on a show this year, as usual. The “Let Freedom Sing” festival features some of the top names in country music, this year being headlined by Brad Paisley.
“More than ever, we want to deliver a world-class concert and fireworks show to commemorate July 4th and give back to our community. As well, our visitors have always supported us through challenges, and this is the perfect way to welcome them back and welcome live music back to Music City.” -Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
4. Washington DC
Our nations capital is a wonderful place to spend Independence Day, as you can imagine. While the annual parade on the Mall has been canceled for the second year in a row, things are returning to normal in Washington DC. The fireworks on the National Mall have the go-ahead this year, and bars and restaurants are returning to full capacity. President Joe Biden says he’ll be taking park, hosting nearly 1,000 essential workers, first responders, and military members on the South Lawn of the White House to watch the fireworks show.
5. New York City, NY
Major holidays and events are always fun in New York City, and the 4th of July is no exception. The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show is hard to beat, whether you’re watching from the beach, the water, the One World Observatory, or just in the city itself. Kicking off at 9:25pm, over 65,000 shells will be launched off five different barges on the East River. You can also watch Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, or head to Brooklyn for the 4th of July Block Party. One thing about NYC being so large is that there are endless things to do on the 4th of July.