While most know that Washington, D.C. offers an iconic and bucket-list Fourth of July celebrations, with its parades, concerts, festivals, baseball games, and fireworks over the monument-laden skyline, each state in this great nation also offers unique and memorable celebrations as well.
Here are our top picks for each state based on a consensus of many travel experts. Do you agree? Or, did we miss out on some epic celebrations across the USA?
ALABAMA – “Thunder on the Mountain” Vulcan Park, Birmingham, AL
ALASKA – Pancake breakfast and baseball in Anchorage, AK
ARIZONA  – Parades, orchestras, and fireworks in Flagstaff, AZ.
ARKANSAS – Picnics and hot springs in Hot Springs National Park, AR.
CALIFORNIA – Fireworks and festivities on the many beaches of San Diego, CA.
COLORADO – Arts and theme parks in Denver, CO.
CONNECTICUT – “Great American Boom” Stanley Quarter Park, New Britain, CT.
DELAWARE – Celebrate in the capital of the First State, Dover, DE
FLORIDA – End the Key Lime Festival with fireworks in Key West, FL.
GEORGIA – Parades and beach waterparks in Jekyll Island, GA
HAWAII – Fireworks off “America’s Last Battleship” in Oahu, HI.
IDAHO – “Melaleuca Freedom Celebration”, largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi in Idaho Falls, ID.
ILLINOIS – Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. Need I say more?
INDIANA – Run and shop in the Indianapolis City Market in Indianapolis, IN.
IOWA – “Freedom Festival” in Cedar Rapids, IA.
KANSAS – “KC River Fest” in Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City, KS.
KENTUCKY – “Old-Fashioned Crescent Hill 4thof July Celebration” in Crescent Hill, KY
LOUISIANA – Between “Go 4thon the River” and the “Essence Festival”, New Orleans, LA has no shortage of options.
MAINE – Fireworks over Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor, ME.
MARYLAND – Big band jazz and fireworks over the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, MD
MASSACHUSETTS – Iconic Boston Pops Orchestra plays to the fighter jet flyovers and fireworks in Boston, MA.
MICHIGAN – Cherry festivals and fireworks over Lake Michigan in Traverse City, MI.
MINNESOTA – “Red, White, and Boom” celebration at the “Stone Arch Bridge” in Minneapolis, MN.
MISSISSIPPI – Fireworks launched off a barge over the Mississippi Sound in Biloxi, MS.
MISSOURI – “America’s Biggest Birthday Party” in St. Louis, MO.
MONTANA – Glaciers, live music, and fireworks in Whitefish, MT.
NEBRASKA – “Nebraska’s Official Fourth of July City”at Plum Creek Park in Seward, NE
NEVADA – Pool parties and fireworks shows galore in Las Vegas, NV
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Watch the fireworks from a boat or a cabin on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH
NEW JERSEY – Fireworks on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ
NEW MEXICO – Fireworks at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM
NEW YORK – Macy’s knows how to throw a party, and the 4thof July is no exception in NYC!
NORTH CAROLINA – Fireworks by the sea in Wilmington, NC
NORTH DAKOTA – Sertoma Festival and Fireworks over the Red River in Grand Forks, ND
OHIO – “Red, White, and BOOM” in Columbus, OH
OKLAHOMA – LibertyFest in Edmond, OK
OREGON  – Old-fashioned events and outdoor activities in Bend, OR
PENNSYLVANIA – Views all over the “City of Brotherly Love’s” firework display in Philadelphia, PA
RHODE ISLAND – “America’s Oldest Fourth of July Celebration” in Bristol, RI
SOUTH CAROLINA – F-16 Flyovers and shoreside fireworks in Myrtle Beach, SC
SOUTH DAKOTA – Lead Gold Camp Jubilee Days and Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of SD.
TENNESSEE – Country, Rock, and Symphonic Music accompanies fireworks in Nashville, TN
TEXAS – “San Antonio Lights Up” near the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio, TX
UTAH – “Stadium of Fire” at the Freedom Festival in Provo, UT
VERMONT – Lake Champlain fireworks show in Burlington, VT
VIRGINIA – Colonial life in the “Historic Triangle” of Williamsburg, VA
WASHINGTON – “Seafair” on the Sound in Seattle, WA
WEST VIRGINIA – A Fireman’s Rodeo in the Alderson 4thof July Celebration of Greenbrier Valley, WV
WISCONSIN – Independence Day Festival and the Fire Over the Fox fireworks display in Green Bay, WI
WYOMING – A shootout and a rodeo in Jackson Hole, WY
It may be too late for you to plan a trip to one of these celebrations for 2018, but now is a great time to get started planning for next year’s Independence Day festivities. Get started by filling out our trip planning form, and we’ll get you scheduled for a free consult.
In the meantime…
Happy Birthday, America and Happy Wanderlusting!
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