Best 4th of July Celebrations in the USA

July 4th Celebrations in USA
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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

  • Top Vacation Rental Destinations for July 4th Weekend 
    Looking for a fabulous getaway for July 4th weekend? According to HomeAway.com, the largest online vacation rental listing site, Americans are planning to spend some serious quality time in America's beach towns, mountain areas, and cities.

East

  • 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.

Midwest/Central

  • 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.
  • Houston, Texas
    Festivities and live entertainment in Eleanor Tinsley Park lead up to "the nation's largest land-based fireworks show

  • 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.

    West

    • 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.
    • Salt Lake City July 4th Fun
      Salt Lake City celebrates Independence Day in a big way with festivities throughout the Salt Lake area. Here's a list of SLC 4th of July events.
    • 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. 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