It’s that time of year again when barbecues are turned on high, parades grace the streets, and fireworks light up the sky. Independence Day, more commonly known as Fourth of July, is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning that backyard pool party. Whether you live in sunny Los Angeles or chilly Chicago, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest and best activities to partake in on this Fourth of July.
Whether you’re traveling to Los Angeles or you’re already a proud Angeleno, the 86th annual 4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is an event you won’t want to miss. For just $13, festival goers get to listen to lively music, eat tasty food, and of course, view a magical fireworks show. Don’t forget the kids! This kid-friendly festival will provide inflatable rides, crafts, and a variety of exhibits.
Celebrate America’s birthday at Lake Michigan’s beautiful Navy Pier fireworks show. With a perfectly synchronized sound track to go along with the brightly-lit sky, tourists and locals alike are welcome to enjoy all the pier has to offer. From sailing aboard a boat to bundling up with the family while walking down the pier, Chicagoans know that the Navy Pier is the place to be on 4th of July.
American’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park is the perfect way to celebrate 4th of July in The Magic City. Begin by jamming to live multi-ethnic music right before feasting on delightful treats from one of the delicious food vendors. Top off the night with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm and enjoy the celebration!
There’s no place better to celebrate America’s birthday than at it’s birthplace! The Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC is perfect for the ultimate patriotic American citizen. Featuring marching bands, floats, and military and speciality units, thousands join together on this day to celebrate the birth of the nation. The parade tends to get pretty crowded, so arrive early to get a good view! Also, although food vendors will be provided, it may be wise to pack your own food and drinks so as not to spend the day waiting in long lines.
Go 4th on the River
When: Wednesday, July 4
Where: New Orleans Riverfront; see site for details
It’s time to celebrate 4th of July, New Orleans style! Ranked by the American Pyrotechnic Association as the #5 “must see” fireworks display in the U.S., the 22nd annual Go 4th on the River event features something for everyone. Located along the riverfront, surrounding businesses have come together to give away free food, music, and coupons. Enjoy the acclaimed fireworks display along the Mississippi River and have fun celebrating America’s birthday bash!
Recognized as the biggest Independence Day fireworks display in the U.S., the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display is impossible to miss if you’re in the Big Apple. Broadcasted live on NBC-TV, the fireworks show takes place across the Hudson River and will feature up to six barges erupting between 20th Street and 55th Street. Grab your American flags, bring your patriotic hats and prepare yourself for a night to remember.
No matter what you do this 4th of July, be sure to have a blast celebrating the birth of your nation. If you’re planning on going out of town, don’t leave your pooch alone! Take advantage of the amazing hosts on DogVacay who are ready to give your pup a vacay of their own through home dog boarding services.