The most patriotic day of the year is almost upon us, which means it’s time to warm up those grills, grab some sparklers and get ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday! Whether it’s a small town, big city, the beach or the mountains, any place you go for the Fourth of July is going to have its own fun traditions. All across America, people come together for this holiday to have fun and celebrate our nation’s freedom, and some cities go the extra mile to show their pride for their country. If you’re looking for something a little more festive this year, here are five patriotic destinations to see for a unique and unforgettable holiday.
Of course, America’s capital is one of the top places to celebrate our country’s freedom! If you don’t mind crowds, you’ll be a part of one of the most patriotic festivals. This city holds the famous National Independence Day Parade, a Smithsonian Folklife Festival and performances by the U.S. Army Concert Band and National Symphony Orchestra. There will be plenty of food, music, dancing and games all throughout the city, and a spectacular firework show launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will close the celebration of a lifetime.
Boston is another big city with nationally recognized traditions. The Boston Harborfest is a five-day celebration full of revolutionary reenactments, walking tours, tours of naval ships, free concerts, museum exhibits and, of course, fireworks. Over 2.5 million people travel to Boston to take part in the festival and the free, two-day Boston Pops Concert and Firework Spectacular. This year will be the 42nd anniversary of this event and it’s something you don’t want to miss!
If you’re a fireworks enthusiast, you’ve most likely heard of Kaboom Town in the suburbs of Addison, Texas. Tickets to this exclusive event are only given away to the first 20,000 lucky people! There are musical performances, food, games, a rock climbing wall, an Air Show featuring a Warbird Flyover and one of America’s largest firework shows. This Texas town’s fireworks have not only been rated #1 by USA Today and the American Pyrotechnics Association, but they can also be seen from almost everywhere in Addison. It’s well worth the travel if you’re looking for a Fourth of July that will leave you in awe.
Southport, North Carolina
The four-day festival in Southport begins with a Beach Day full of sand sculpture, skateboard and volleyball contests. Throughout the four days, there are free concerts, old jail tours, a parade, craft and food vendors, raffles, a 5K Freedom Walk/ Run and fireworks. You can also enjoy a National Art Show and Car Show that are free for the public. The most unique aspect about this celebration is its Naturalization Ceremony for people becoming new United States citizens. It’s a very child-friendly festival, so pile your family in your car and check out what Southport has to offer!
Bristol, Rhode Island
“America’s Most Patriotic City” truly lives up to its name. The small city attracts 200,000 people every year to its 3-week long festival celebrating our country. It all begins on Flag Day, June 14, and ends on July 4. Within these three weeks, there is a foot race, carnival, drum corps competition, 4th of July Ball, guest “Patriotic Speaker,” 2.5 mile parade and, obviously, fireworks. They have an official Fourth of July committee and chairman, as well as a Miss and Little Miss Fourth of July. This year marks the 230th anniversary of Bristol’s celebration for their love and appreciation of their country, making it the longest standing Fourth of July celebration in the United States.
The Fourth of July is about celebrating our freedom and what America stands for with our closest friends and family. Nearly every city in the country celebrates this day with spectacular fireworks, so if you decide not to travel you shouldn’t worry about missing a show. Your own town will celebrate in its own special way, just like these cities do. However, if you do get the travel bug, these places will ensure you experience new and exciting patriotic traditions for your Fourth of July!