10 Best Places to Spend Fourth of July

Friday, 01 Jul 2011 11:13 AM

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Here are the top 10 best places to spend the Fourth of July:

10. Washington D.C.
If you can’t get seats on the White House’s West Lawn, the Capitol Fourth Concert is nationally televised by PBS. Among this year’s performers are Steve Martin performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Josh Groban, Little Richard, Jordan Sparks, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

9. Mt. Rushmore, S.D.
Acclaimed as one of the 10 man-made wonders of the world. Celebrating the Fourth of July here is truly a tribute to American history. You can get up close to the famous visages of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt by following the Presidential Trail. Or, you can celebrate by night, at the July 4th fireworks display.

8. Boston
Home to many of the pivotal historical moments leading to American Independence, few locations could be more patriotic. More than 200 events make up the six-day long annual Boston Harborfest. Some of the highlights include reading the Declaration of Independence from the Old State house, Chowderfest, and the Boston Pops Firework Spectacular.

7. San Juan Island
This island, off the coast of Washington State, the Fourth of July is celebrated with its own unique finesse. You can spend the day on the fittingly named Fourth of July beach. In the island’s downtown on Price Street, the Pig War Picnic takes place. The Picnic is held to commemorate the so-called “Pig War” that took place between Americans and the English in 1859.

6. Miami
You can sit on Miami Beach, toes in the sand, and fireworks directly overhead, against the calm ocean backdrop. When the fireworks are through, it’s easy enough to head across the street to enjoy the vibrant night light on Ocean Drive.

5. Chicago
Concerts, festivals, and ball games all take place in the city situated along the serene waters of Lake Michigan. Navy Pier Amusement Park (and Beer Garden) afford good times and a must-see view of the city’s skyline.

4. Philadelphia
The city of our nation’s birth is sure to provide a holiday rich with history. Historic sites like the Liberty Bell and Independence Mall enjoy extended viewing hours for the holiday. You can also expect a taste of Philly’s art scene with free concerts and a stunning fireworks display.

3. U.S. Virgin Islands
The three U.S. Caribbean Islands go all-out for the holiday. Their own Emancipation Day, July 3, and the Fourth of July combine into a fabulous cross-cultural treat — a change from the traditional beer-and-barbeque celebration. Bonus! Hotel rates on the islands are nearly half of their winter rates.

2. New York City
Every holiday is big in the Big Apple. The Fourth of July is no exception. FDR Drive is closed to cars so spectators can nab the best-possible view of the spectacular East River fireworks display.

1. Your Backyard
Tried and true, nothing commemorates the freedoms and blessings our nation enjoys than spending the holiday surrounded with friends and family.

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