What do you have planned for this 4th of July? We scoured the web, looking for the top five places to celebrate the birth of our nation. No matter which part of the country you call home, found a hot spot where you can get together with your friends and neighbors for a patriotic, good time!
#5 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, Seattle, WA,
If you are looking to spend your 4th on the water, the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is just for you. Located at Lake Union Park, this is four days embracing Seattle’s aquatic history and it is open to all ages. There will be free boat rides on the lake for the family and a scavenger hunt for the kids. Don’t forget to stick around for the 24 hour boat building competition, The Quick and Daring. Keep your fingers crossed that your favorite boat stays afloat when they are put to the test on the open water. This festival will be four days full of maritime fun. The events start at 10 in the morning and will go into the evening, so pace yourself as you enjoy these water events.
#4 Fair St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
You could come on over to St. Louis for Fair St. Louis, a three day festival celebrating the birth of our nation. Starting on July 4th and continuing until July 6th it is located underneath the Gateway Arch and has been called “America’s Biggest Birthday Party”. The festivities will kick off with a family Fun Run and the 136th Annual Veiled Prophet Parade. The fun continues with performances by bands like the Counting Crows, Trace Adkins, and Bret Michaels. There will be five air show performances above the Mississippi River, and Air Show Hall of Fame inductee, Danny Clisham, will be the air show announcer. There is even a Kid Zone, located on the south teardrop of the Arch festival grounds, with kid friendly performances and activities. So your little ones will be just as entertained as you.
#3 Go 4th on the River, New Orleans, Louisiana
You could move a little bit further down the Mississippi and head to New Orleans for the 23rd annual Go 4th On The River. The spectacular fireworks display has been ranked the 5th “must see” fireworks display in the nation by the American Pyrotechnics Association. With two ‘dueling’ barges shooting a colorful and majestic display of fireworks, it is not hard to see why. You can even catch a seat on one of two riverboats that will take you onto the Mississippi for an up close view of these breathtaking pyrotechnics. The event will start at 9PM on the 4th, so don’t miss out.
#2 POPS! on Independence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Why not spend your Independence Day in the city that gave birth to our country’s independence, Philadelphia? You can bring your family to one of Philly’s most popular 4th of July traditions, ‘POPS! on Independence‘, a free concert at Independence Hall. You will spend your night under the stars at of one of the city’s most historic and beautiful buildings. Come early and get a good seat to enjoy the musical styling of Grammy winner, Peter Nero, and the Philly Pops! You can expect to tap your foot along to a unique combination of well known classics and new music. The concert is on July 3rd at 8:00PM at the intersection of 5th and Chestnut Streets, and runs about two and a half hours with a 15-20 minute intermission.
#1 The Statue of Liberty, New York, New York
Looking to spend some time with one of our nation’s most colossal monuments? After being closed since October of 2011, due to damage incurred during Sandy, The Statue of Liberty is reopening on July 4th, just in time for your celebrations. This symbol of our freedom was dedicated in 1886, and has grown to be one of the nations favorite vacation destinations. Lady Liberty has had an extensive face lift, and much like our nation she is coming back better than ever. There have been several improvements made during the restoration, including a new air-conditioning system and better wheel chair access, making this dazzling beauty even easier to visit.
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