Top 10 Fourth of July Destinations for travelling Americans

The Fourth of July is definite cause for some celebration in America. Summertime is already the most traveled time of the year, so when you add July 4th into the equation, it becomes one of the most traveled days of the year. Some people are simply traveling to a friend’s house for a cookout while others are having family reunions at the beach. If you’re trying to make a vacation plan for the Fourth of July, now is the time to start booking flights, hotels and travel insurance. Check out these hopping cities for some Fourth of July destination brainstorming.

1. Washington, D.C.

It’s no surprise that the nation’s capital is going to be a prime destination for the nation’s birthday. There is a plethora of ways to celebrate America’s 238th birthday (man, she’s getting old!) all around the D.C. area, so you can rest assured that you’d find something that fits your taste. Hit up the National Mall for plenty of activities and don’t miss the National Independence Day Parade kicking off on Constitution Avenue.

2. New York City

No matter what the celebration is for, there is no place to celebrate like the Big Apple. New York City knows how to have a party, and America’s birthday is no different. If you’re lost on what to do for the Fourth of July, look no further. Whether you just want to sit back and enjoy Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks fest or you want to cheer on the champion at Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, New York has got you covered.

3. Mount Rushmore

Are you just looking for a simple celebration? Mount Rushmore is offering an all day Fourth of July celebration complete with music and other live patriotic performances. Although fragile lands surrounding the monument no longer allow for fireworks shows above the faces of America’s favorite presidents, there are still several other venues nearby that offer fireworks.

4. Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of independence—so what better way to celebrate America gaining its independence 238 years ago? Philadelphia offers a number of fireworks shows, festivals, and concerts, as well as some great patriotic activities for kids.

5. Boston

Anyone who has been to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will never seek another Fourth of July celebration ever again. Already counting down the days, Boston Pops features real cannons, church bells, and fireworks to honor its country.

6. Panama City

What could beat fireworks on the beach? Check out Panama City’s Beach Bash and Light Up the Gulf Fireworks Show for a gorgeous fireworks display as well as a million and one ways to have fun in the sun.

7. Houston

A big city skyline is already a gorgeous sight to see. Add in an extraordinary fireworks display, and you’re close to making miracles. Houston is known for its patriotic celebration that uses the city skyline as a backdrop for its fireworks at the end of the day.

8. Myrtle Beach

The beach is the go-to summer destination and it’s no different for the Fourth of July weekend. Not only does Myrtle Beach offer hundreds of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, but this year, the “Flying Tigers,” the last of the armed forces to leave Iraq, will also be making an appearance.

9. Virginia Beach

After a long day at the oceanfront, there’s nothing more relaxing than curling up on a blanket watching the night sky. Virginia Beach is offering a huge fireworks display that will be launched from an oceanfront barge to celebrate this Fourth of July.

10. New Orleans

Everyone and their brother has heard of Mardi Gras and how hard New Orleans can party. Their Fourth of July activities extend over a three-day period in the French Quarter, featuring art, fireworks, and river cruises.
The countdown begins and you’re probably still unsure of where you would like to spend your Fourth of July but don’t be afraid of last minute plans. We all fear the unexpected. A work conflict  may call for a trip cancellation, as long as you purchase travel insurance you can commit to any trip, at any time without the worry of losing your money. Regardless of where you plan to go for the Fourth of July, America always has plenty of pride on its country’s birthday.
Date of publication August 12, 2014