Take it back to where the American story of Independence begins by visiting Philadelphia on the most patriotic day of the year. Known for hosting celebrations for a week leading up to the 4th, the City of Brotherly love knows how to throw America a birthday party!
Not to be missed: Wawa Welcome America! Party on the Parkway, one of the largest free celebrations in the U.S. hosted on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event culminates with a concert and fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Guestreservations.com recommended accommodations: The Logan Philadelphia Curio Collection by Hilton
New Orleans, Louisiana
It’s no secret that NOLA has a reputation for throwing a good party, and the 4th of July provides plentiful opportunity for the Crescent City to celebrate. In addition to the staple tourist attractions of live jazz and beignets, there are also free concerts at the National WWII Museum, boat parades, and other patriotic events sprinkled throughout the city.
Not to be missed: Go 4th on the River, the NOLA fireworks show that features dueling barges on the Mississippi River, each shooting off a spectacular array of lights and sounds, synchronized to patriotic music.
Guestreservations.com recommended accommodations: Hotel le Marais New Orleans
San Diego, Californiaa
National pride runs deep year-round in San Diego, home to thousands of service members and veterans representing the Navy, Air Force, Army, National Guard, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. The Southern California city brings in the largest crowd on the West Coast for its 4th of July celebrations.
Not to be missed: Big Bay Boom, the annual celebration featuring fireworks launched simultaneously from four barges located throughout San Diego’s North Bay at 9 p.m.
Guestreservations.com recommended accommodations: Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Our nation’s capital is a beacon for hundreds of thousands of spectators celebrating Independence Day. Festivities include the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the National Mall, free concerts by National Symphony Orchestra, a live reading of the Declaration of Independence, and of course a spectacular fireworks finish.
Not to be missed: The National Independence Day Parade, featuring fife and drum corps, military servicemen and women, floats, VIP’s, equestrian, drill teams, and giant balloons.
Guestreservations.com recommended accommodations: St. Regis Washington D.C.
Naturally, concerts take center stage on Independence Day in Music City. Free concerts bring together country music headliners to entertain locals and visitors in the southern style.
Not to be missed: Let Freedom Sing! The annual concert series is followed by fireworks shot from the riverbank at Nissan Stadium and Cumberland Park, set to live music by the Nashville Symphony performing at Ascend Amphitheater.
Guestreservations.com recommended accommodations: Hotel Indigo Nashville
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