Best Places to Spend the 4th of July

Where to Spend July 4th

The best places to spend the 4th of July are the cities that go above and beyond for the celebration. Sure, you can go anywhere and see red, blue, and white adorning the towns, but if you really want to make this year’s Independence Day something special, rent a car with us and make a road trip to these top four destinations:

New York City

New York City

The Big Apple is a hot spot for all types of celebrations, including the 4th of July, and that is what makes it one of the best places to spend the 4th of July.

Where to See the Fireworks

In NYC Macy’s hosts the 4th of July fireworks. They shoot off from the Brooklyn Bridge. There is another fireworks event, known as Freedom and Fireworks Festival, that is hosted in Jersey City. If you want, you can actually see both – just make sure you have good visibility of both the fireworks locations.

How to Spend the Day

Before the fireworks shoot off, however, you will want to spend the day in full 4th of July flair:

Visit Coney Island

For good old fun visit Coney Island for a taste of that classic 4th of July spirit. Great for families. Go watch the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest!

Enjoy the New York SummerStage

NYC hosts SummerStage in the summer in Central Park. On the 4th of July there will be many great performances, music, and eats to enjoy. Do check in advance, however, because some of these events are ticketed.

Washington D.C.

Washington DC July 4th

Where to See the Fireworks

The best place to see the fireworks in Washington, DC is to go to the National Mall. As this gets very busy, however, you will want to get there early. Bring blankets, food, drink, and be ready for the crowds to come in. If these crowds aren’t your thing, then find another location that gives you a good view of the sky over the Jefferson Memorial.

Tip: check what the latest security restrictions are for this year before you go.

How to Spend the Day

Watch the Independence Day Parade

Visit Constitution Avenue NW from midday to 2pm for the Independence Day Parade.

Step Back In Time

If you really want to see something special during the 4th of July, then the best place to go for 4th of July is George Washington’s Mount Vernon. You will need to rent a car from us, as it is located 30 minutes out of the city. Once you are there you will see a full re-enactment of the battles that occurred at Potomac River.


Downtown Chicago

The city itself does not host fireworks any more (not since 2011). Thankfully many institutions and communities within Chicago have taken up the mantle, so you are spoiled for choice when it comes to see fireworks.

Where to See the Fireworks

Navy Pier

Pay to visit the pier during the fireworks, or enjoy a free show by getting a good spot with views nearby. Fireworks will start at 9:30pm.

Northwest Fourth Fest

This festival is huge, and you really don’t need to go anywhere else for your 4th of July celebration. There is a parade, carnival, water park, food, beer gardens, and concerts. The fireworks can be seen anywhere from the festival grounds.

How to Spend the Day

Grant Park Music Festival: Independence Day Salute

Though you should spend the day at any of the aforementioned locations, another great way to spend your 4th of July before the fireworks is at the Grant Park Music Festival, where they will play patriotic anthems throughout the day.

Take an Independence Day Cruise

If you want to enjoy great views of the fireworks, take an Independence Day cruise.


Things to do in Boston

Where to See the Fireworks

The fireworks in Boston are known as the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. It is free to go to and occurs at the DCR Hatch Shell, so find a great view of that location.

How to Spend the Day

Explore the Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is what Independence Day is all about. Walk along it, enjoy the festivities, and enjoy a great 4th of July. This 2.5 mile walk will take you through Boston and into Charlestown and you will get to see all of the historic sites from Paul Revere’s home to Sam Adams’ grave. There are plenty of great stops along the way for food and drinks as well. Make an afternoon of it!

Enjoy the Annual Harborfest

Harborfest is a great place to be, as it hosts over 200 events with over 100 of them being free to go to. Great way to spend the day with friends or family before the fireworks celebrations.

Make new 4th of July traditions in any of these great locations. To really enjoy the best parts, remember to rent a car with us so you can see historical reenactments, visit festival grounds, or just to see more of the city before the fireworks.


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