Written on July 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm, by Colleen Fogerty
With July 4th falling on a Friday this year, it’s the ultimate excuse for a quick summer getaway. Whether you’re looking for a wild party, breathtaking fireworks, or some family fun, this list will lead you to your perfect Independence Day destination!
If you’re looking to have a wild, party-packed Fourth then Las Vegas is the destination for you. From pool parties to night clubs and fireworks in between, Vegas is sure to supply a non-stop celebration. During the day, you’ll want to fight the heat and kick off the celebration at a pool party. This year’s hot spots to cool down include Encore Beach Club, which will feature Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Wet Republic featuring Afrojack.
When it’s time to hit the Strip for the night, you’ll want to first stop at Caesar’s Palace or the Stratosphere to catch some explosive fireworks. After a more “traditional” July 4th celebration, it’ll be time to hit the clubs. Although all are sure to please this weekend, we recommend XS and The Light for good music and a great time.
As an added bonus, this is one trip that won’t break your bank. Deals on hotels, food, and drinks will be easy to come by over the holiday weekend.
If you’re a firework junkie then New York is calling your name. The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular debuted in 1976 and has only grown bigger and better since. This year, you can watch a spectacular show light up the sky with fireworks set off from the Brooklyn Bridge and nearby barges along the East River. For the best view, catch a ride on a romantic dinner cruise.
If fireworks aren’t your first priority this year, there are still many great ways to celebrate in New York. You can head to Coney Island to watch Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Last year’s winner, Joey Chestnut, wowed the crowd and consumed a record-breaking 69 hotdogs in 10 minutes. But you might prefer to enjoy a (single) hot dog of your own while catching a Mets baseball game.
What better place to spend Independence Day than the nation’s capital? Start your day with an early lunch then head to Constitution Avenue to watch America’s National Independence Day Parade. Post-parade, make your way over to the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn to continue this All-American celebration. The area is sure to fill up quickly, so snag a good spot and enjoy a relaxing picnic while you wait for “A Capitol Fourth” to begin. “A Capitol Fourth” is a free concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and usually some other famous names. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and carries on into the night becoming a soundtrack for the fireworks show on the National Mall.
If you’re looking for an island getaway this July 4th then head down to Key West. The southernmost city in the continental United States is sure to provide great weather, gorgeous views, and an array of activities to make your celebration unforgettable. For this holiday, the community comes together to provide fun for all. For those active adventurers, start you day with the Crime Stoppers 5K run/ walk.
Later in the day, you can head to a picnic overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with your family. The picnic, hosted by Hospice of the Florida Keys & Visiting Nurse Association, will keep you entertained with food, live music, a silent auction, children’s games, and, of course, a firework show once the sun goes down. If you’re looking for a wilder party, head to Sunset Pier for a Fourth of July pub crawl.
We also recommend:
New Orleans - It might not be Mardis Gras, but New Orleans is sure to provide an endless party, good shopping, and a spectacular firework show.
Philadelphia - The birthplace of democracy offers the quintessential Independence Day celebration for all the history buffs out there, complete with a parade, concert, and firework show.
Lake Tahoe - “Red, White & Tahoe Blue” is a multiday celebration that won’t break the bank. With parades, barbecues, fireworks, and a beautiful lake, there’s not much more you can ask for.
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