Best Places to Celebrate Independence Day in Every State

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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