If you’re unaware, July 4th is the date that Americans celebrate their independence from the United Kingdom and the end of a monarchy in the US. There are celebrations from sea to shining sea, with fireworks, parades, barbeques, and a three-day weekend.
It’s always a lot of fun for tourists who want to have the full Americana experience, with the National Anthem playing and the Stars and Stripes waving, but where are the best places to celebrate and what tips should you always follow? Read along to find out.
Lean into the celebrations: Sometimes it might feel a little OTT, especially if you’re not really into pageantry, but that’s honestly part of the fun. So, sing The Star Spangled Banner, salute the flag, and enjoy the day.
Find out what’s going on near you: No matter where you visit, there will be something going on in your chosen city for the holiday weekend. The fun is always closer than you think.
Get your US ESTA: This is actually the best tip, no matter what time of year you’re going. This can save you tons of money compared with the full US visa and the process (click here) is so much quicker.
The best places to celebrate July 4th
A lot of this depends on what you want from the day and who you’re travelling with. (For instance, if you’re looking to dance until you drop, then the Disney Parks aren’t for you.) That’s why we’re going to give you an overview of what happening and who its best for.
1. Best for parties: Las Vegas
This is one of the biggest party cities in the US, with visitors able to live it up well into the early hours and sometimes right through until brunch on the following day.
Plus, Vegas is often more popular at other holidays, meaning that you can snap up some great flight and hotel deals at this time of year.
2. Best for patriotism: San Diego
This city is surrounded by military bases, which means that the patriotism runs deep here and the residents will go all out for the Fourth. It’s also blessed with good weather and beautiful beaches.
3. Best for relaxing: Memphis
This city is the final resting place for the only King that America recognises, Elvis. However, it also provides a unique atmosphere with friendly locals and a laid-back ambience.
4. Best for families: Orlando
If you have children travelling with you, then why not head to Orlando? The theme parks always go all out for the holidays and many have spectacular fireworks displays that can rival even the biggest cities.
Also, if you have someone in your party willing to act as a babysitter, the adults can head out to party in Downtown Orlando after the parks close.
5. Best for fireworks: New York
Department store Macy’s, famed for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, puts on the biggest fireworks display in the USA, with 3,000 effects throughout a huge 25-minute show on the East River.
Plus, they have some incredible performers, like Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, and Katy Perry to open the event in the past.
Hopefully, this list has given you some ideas for your next American vacation, especially if you’re planning on visiting this July. Remember to have fun and don’t forget your passport.