There is no day that makes everyone feel more American than the 4th of July. On that day, Americans all share a common heritage. The Fourth of July makes everyone proud to be an American. It is the day to appreciate all the wonderful freedoms that are available to all because of what happened in 1776. Where are the best places to celebrate the 4th of July?
If you have never done it before, and even if you have, this is the time of year and the day in particular, to visit the cities associated with our historic past. If that isn’t possible enjoying your local parade, fireworks, gala or picnic is the perfect way to say “I’m proud to be an American”.
When it comes to historic cities there is none more historic than Philadelphia. Why not go to the place where it all began? If it wasn’t for the brave men who gathered in Philadelphia in 1776 we wouldn’t have any reason to celebrate the 4th of July.
The celebration in Philly begins in June and ends on the 4th. It is called Welcome America and includes activities for every member of the family. For a complete list of all the events that will be taking place, visit their website. Why settle for a one day celebration when you can have 10? Don’t limit yourself to just the organized celebrations, visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Constitution Center.
Washington DC doesn’t take a back seat to any city when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July and there is no doubt that it is the nation’s capital. The day begins with a parade along Constitution Avenue and ends with a fireworks display over the Washington Monument. In between you can spend some time on the Mall at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. From 8-9:30 p.m. the National Symphony Orchestra performs on the west lawn of the US Capitol Building and the 1812 overture is a classic. This is a free concert and there are always guest pop artists.
Everything about New York City is big so why would the 4th of July celebrations be any different. To see the largest fireworks display in the country, you will need to stake out a spot in the Big Apple. Fireworks will be released from three different locations. If you want to pull out all the stops, have a picnic at Tavern on the Green and then take one of the harbor tours for the best view of the fireworks in the city.
Fireworks aren’t the only thing going on, head down Water Street between State and Fulton to the Great July Fourth Festival featuring over 600 vendors with ethnic food, crafts and lots of items to tempt you to part with your money. At noon head over to Coney Island for the Annual Nathan’s hotdog eating contest or Hudson River Park for the Annual Historic Ship Day Festival. Whatever you choose New York will never disappoint.
Finally, no 4th of July would be complete with mentioning Boston where many think the movement for Independence began years before 1776. Enjoy the Boston Pops on the Esplanade and one of the finest fireworks displays in the country. This is the perfect day to walk the Freedom Trail and really focus on what the 4th of July is all about.
The 4th of July is the all-American celebration and these are just some of the many places in the country where you will be able to enjoy celebrating Independence Day.
I have been an Internet writer for more than 16 years. While I specialize in travel, I write on a variety of subjects. I love genealogy, food, and fashion. I have 10 grandchildren so family travel is something we often do.