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Best Destinations to Celebrate July 4th

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Best Destinations to Celebrate July 4thBang, fizzle, pop! That is the sound of your favorite fireworks exploding and raining down over your July 4th celebration. As travelers and adventure seekers, it’s hard for us to accept the same old backyard barbecue and store bought fireworks year after year. Although I love a good barbecue, some of us might be hoping to mix things up this year on July 4th. Here are the best destinations to celebrate our favorite summer celebration.

San Diego

July 4th tends to bring out our patriotic side, but San Diego is naturally proud of their country. This may have something to do with the several military bases stationed around or it could be the stellar weather and relaxing beaches. Whatever it is that gets you there you’ll have plenty of options when the 4th rolls around. The Oceanside Firework Show takes place at El Corazon Site at Rancho Del Oro Drive. There’s nothing better than fireworks blazing over the ocean on a warm summer night. Try the Annual Big Bay Boom July 4Th Fireworks Show, which can be seen from several locations around the San Diego Bay. This show will knock your socks off and start your weekend off right. The show is launched from barges that float offshore of the bay.

New Orleans

Does the excitement ever stop in this festive city? I think the answer is no. Skip the backyard bottle rockets and see the Dueling Barges battle it out with a fun firework show. On the banks of the Mississippi River, you can see the Go Fourth on the River Extravaganza. This battling show of fireworks goes along to a patriotic tune that will put you in the spirit. What’s better is that you can either enjoy the show from the comfort of the river bank or join a firework cruise on a steamboat that will get you the best seat in the house.

Miami

Miami is one big party full of the young and old. Whether you’re retired or on summer vacation there is something here for everyone. On the 4th expect to see picnics, parties, drinks, fireworks, concerts, and more. There is quite literally something for everyone. Take a more traditional day of burgers, hotdogs, and beer, or live it up concert style with some wild dancing. One thing you can count on is fireworks. In Miami, there are eight major firework shows that will light up your night. Miami Beach’s Fire on the Fourth ranks number one. Head to the beach early for some morning yoga, lounge on the beach and slide right into the night with a great DJ, a collection of food trucks, and a spectacular firework show on the North Shore Park Bandshell.

New York City

Of course, New York City is on this list, because it’s New York. The fabulous fireworks are an added bonus to the fact that you’re in New York City. Perfect for any foodie, shopper, adventurer, sports fan, and so much more, this city does not disappoint. Catch a baseball game in the afternoon, what’s more patriotic than that? Then head to the many rooftops to spot the fireworks filling up NYC skyline. Probably the most well-known show is the Macy’s Firework show, but don’t worry you won’t have to be in a crowd of people to spot these flashing lights. You should be able to see the show from most downtown Manhattan neighborhoods, as well as some parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Come together in NYC to celebrate the 4th!

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18 Comments

  1. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    I would love to travel to any of these cities for July 4th! My city of Philadelphia is a great destination, too.

    1. Lisa Miller says

      Long Beach Island, NJ is a perfect spot to watch local fireworks, not so flashy but beautiful

  2. tara pittman says

    I think NY would be awesome on the 4th. I need to travel more often.

  3. Adaleta says

    What cool ideas I would love to spend 4th of july in New york or Miami!

  4. Jen Temcio says

    We went to New York last 4th of July specifically to see the fireworks! We took a tour boat on the water and saw them at the same time that we could see the statue of liberty. It was breathtaking.

  5. Carol Cassara says

    New York would be a great place for me and my husband! We have always loved that city and going there to celebrate the 4th of July would be exciting and fun!

  6. Leigh Anne Borders says

    I love celebrating July 4th in different places. It is such an important and fun holiday if you are an American. New York is definitely on my bucket list!

  7. Anne Yedlin says

    All of these destinations sound fabulous. I would love to see the one in New York. Norfolk Virginia has a pretty cool festival and fireworks show as well.

  8. Nicole - Miss Sparkle says

    New Orleans must be amazing! Heard so many cool stories about it. But all these destinations look awesome!

  9. gingermommyrants says

    I would love to go celebrate the fourth of July in NYC. These are all fantastic destinations.

  10. Nellwyn says

    I’d love to visit San Diego and New Orleans one day. I’m Canadian but I’d be curious to experience a 4th of July celebration one year.

  11. G&D Blog says

    Wow! Great list. I suddenly checked my calendar to see what day it will fall, and hmmm.. San Diego must be nearby one. We’ve never been there.

  12. Blair villanueva says

    Your guide is very helpful, especially for those who are planning to take their vacation on 4th of July. San Diego is a nice place.

  13. Cynthia Nicoletti says

    I live in NY and yes the display of fireworks are truly amazing. I would love to travel to other states and see their displays.

  14. Jennifer L says

    These are all amazing destinations to travel period, but especially July 4th. I’d love to spend a fourth of July in New Orleans, enjoying food and activities.

  15. Meryland Cuevas says

    4th of July is such a fun day everywhere! These are great suggestions. I am in NY so I will probably stay local.

  16. Lorena says

    Ohh really good advices I wish to be in USA and celebrate it should be amazing!

  17. Eileen Kelly says

    I am Blessed to live on Long Island and I get the best views of Macy s fireworks. I highly recommend everyone come and enjoy!

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