Kids. Fireworks. Parades. Ice cream. The Fourth of July is a day for family fun. Whether you're taking a trip or looking for fireworks close to home, here's a sample of festivities.
4th of July Tips
- Last Minute Bargain Getaways for July 4th Weekend
Looking for a last-minute bargain getaway for the long holiday weekend? To find out which destinations are offering good value compared with last year's Independence Day, Priceline.com looked at the average daily hotel rates for a variety of destinations and compared last year's prices with this year's prices.
- How to Avoid the Worst July 4th Traffic
From the folks at Waze comes a game plan for avoiding traffic snarls and delays during your Independence Day getaway.
- New England's Most Epic July 4th Celebrations
Unsurprisingly, the historic towns and cities of New England celebrate Independence Day in a big way, with parades, family-friendly events and, of course, lavish fireworks displays. Here's a selection of destinations that promise the biggest, best and most charming celebrations in the Northeast.
Fourth of July in New York City
About's Guide for NYC covers many 4th of July events, from Hot Dog Eating Contests to Cruises to concerts. A highlight in NYC is Macy's stupendous Fourth of July fireworks, set off from several locations from barges on the East River. About's Guide for Manhattan has best spots to view these pyrotechnics.
Baltimore's Fourth of July Celebration
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the place to be: check Calendar for all-day fun, and grand finale fireworks.
- Washington DC: 4th of July
A giant National Independence Day Parade starts the celebration along Constitution Avenue; in the afternoon, the annual Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife entertains; the National Archives has a Family Day; and in the evening, the National Symphony Orchestra performs while one of the country's largest shows of fireworks lights up the reflecting pool on the National Mall. About's Guide for DC covers Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia, and has National Parade photos, and more.
See also, for DC: Best Places to View Fourth of July Fireworks.
Fourth of July in Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is living history: real-life actors in the streets and in historic houses bring to life the days before the American Revolution. Expect fireworks, and the chance to ask a few questions -- ask Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry, that is.
- Virginia Beach
It's a Stars & Stripes Explosion for July 4th: oceanfront stages with live performances; thousands of visitors; many styles of live music; spectacular fireworks over the ocean.
- Fourth of July in Orlando
Expect great fireworks in this town! Find fireworks and celebrations at Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, more.
- July 4th Celebrations in the Southeast
Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia - About's Guide for Southeast for Visitors covers Independence Day celebrations in all these states.
- July 4th in Chicago
On July 4th, Navy Pier -- which has fireworks all summer - will have a special fireworks display. See more about Chicago events.
- Austin, Texas
Bring a blanket and picnic basket, for fireworks and music by the Austin Symphony; other venues too.
- New Orleans
Celebrate Independence Day New Orleans style: Go 4th on the River is a major bash, with live entertainment followed by the "Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza" on the Mississippi River. Other events, too.
- Top Picks for 4th of July in St. Louis
The Fair St. Louis has a parade that's been rolling for over 130 years, a Family Fun Village, free concerts, and of course fireworks. Other celebrations too in nearby towns.
- Phoenix Independence Day
About's guide for Phoenix suggests great venues for the 4th of July, with picnics, concerts, rides, etc., leading up to the fireworks.
- Los Angeles: 4th of July Festivities
Where to celebrate the 4th of July in and around LA: festivals, fireworks, BBQ's, and more, including events in the Valley and Orange County.
- LA: Americafest at the Rose Bowl
A standout event for July 4th for families in the LA area: the Rose Bowl stadium, in Pasadena, has a day-long festival with live music, food, entertainment, and "the biggest and best fireworks show in Southern California".
- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher