Ah, the fourth of July! Cookouts, fireworks and some good ‘ol red, white and blue. American flags everywhere. The birth of our nation is one of those holidays that we can celebrate together across races, genders, religions and backgrounds. Even if you’re not American, you can join in on the fun - after all, it’s a birthday celebration!
Given that the holiday falls on a Thursday this year, most of us have the opportunity to enjoy a much anticipated four-day weekend. For some, this means a cookout close to home and, for others, this means a chance to getaway.
Let’s take a look at some getaway inspirations, complete with highlights of how to make the most of each destination.
It’s tough not to start this list with a metropolis like New York City. After all, it is the home of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island AND the most people per capita in the country. New York offers great options for an exciting Fourth of July celebration, all centered around the fireworks.
The Macy’s fireworks are a sight to behold from the East River in New York. These fireworks are magical to watch from a night cruise on the river itself or along the river banks in Manhattan and Queens.
Pro Tip: Astoria Park in Queens, NY is a great place to camp out for the fireworks. Arrive early to stake out the best view!
Bristol, Rhode Island
If a bustling metropolis isn’t your idea of a vacation, then Bristol, Rhode Island may be more your speed. Bristol reportedly has the oldest 4th of July festivities in the country (it celebrated 233 consecutive observances in 2018!). According to historians, Bristol is also the birthplace of the fireworks tradition, which means that they are guaranteed to put on a great show year after year. Beginning in mid-June, the town hosts parades, carnivals and contests, all in preparation for the coveted fireworks show in the stunning Bristol Harbor.
When you’re finished with the festivities, step into the local shops and stores for a taste of a quaint, New England town.
The next stop heads west to Flagstaff in Northern Arizona. Arizona in July? It may sound hot (and it will be), but Arizona has the dry heat that makes it much more bearable than the humidity in other locations. This is a great Fourth of July celebration to highlight. The town puts together an exciting calendar of events that truly has something for everyone. It includes a folk festival, “Art in the Park,” a car show, a running event, a symphony music show and, of course, fireworks. Pretty impressive, right?
If you choose to head to Arizona for a few days, then a great way to diversify your time outside of the holiday festivities is to explore the mountainous areas around the town. The Walnut Canyon is national park and monument in Arizona, that is highly recommended by intermediate and avid hikers alike. Check out more information on Walnut Canyon here!
What’s on your agenda for the 4th of July? Share it below in the comments!