From big city celebrations to mountainside peace and quiet, celebrate the 4th of July in your own style while exploring one of our top Independence Day destinations. Whether you’re ready to hop right into the parade action or you’d rather spend the day hiking rugged trails, each location on our list has its own unique attractions and events to make America’s birthday party one to remember forever—complete with epic fireworks shows, of course!
Take your relaxation to the next level by booking a rental property for your stay. Rental properties offer total privacy and all the convenient amenities of home, like a full kitchen, laundry, or outdoor area, so you can focus on what matters while you’re there—making memories with your friends and family! Each destination on our list has plenty of rental homes available for booking right on FlipKey, whether you’re looking for a cozy bungalow or sprawling estate.
New Orleans, LA
A city known worldwide for its vibrancy, New Orleans has earned its spot on our list of favorite places to celebrate Independence Day. The biggest party is the annual Go Fourth on the River, a giant fireworks display on the Mississippi riverfront. To feel the pulse of this colorful city, stroll through the French Quarter for the high-energy feeling, unique architecture, street performers, nightlife, and unparalleled cuisine.
Washington, DC pulls out all the stops for the 4th. Don’t miss the National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Ave, or the free “A Capitol Fourth” concert held at the US capitol. There’s no better time of year to explore the nation’s history firsthand, whether that be a stroll around the National Mall or a full-blown Best of DC tour of the city’s most historic landmarks. At night, catch the fireworks from the National Mall, a nearby rooftop restaurant, or across the Potomac River at the Marine Corps War Memorial.
Myrtle Beach, SC
For 4th of July staples like fireworks and parades, you can’t go wrong in Myrtle Beach. Though the 4th itself boasts the biggest display, there are several places to catch fireworks all summer long: Broadway at the Beach or the 2nd Avenue Pier both put on epic shows every week. During the day, don’t miss the annual Independence Day parade on gorgeous Pawleys Island.
The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular is a can’t-miss attraction for Independence Day visitors. The iconic Pops orchestra puts on an incredible show followed by an epic fireworks display. The 4th is a good time to walk the Freedom Trail, a city stroll that will take you back in time through history. Follow that up by indulging yourself in the exquisite Italian cuisine and historic sightseeing of the North End.
Every 4th of July, Philadelphia is home to the Wawa Welcome America Festival, a birthday celebration with over 50 free events to enjoy like concerts, movie screenings, free museum days, and multiple fireworks shows. The week of the 4th is lit up by three incredible fireworks displays, two at Penn’s Landing and one above the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Jackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole is the ideal spot for travelers seeking a more relaxed vibe this Independence Day. Enjoy the unparalleled natural beauty of this mountainside town while hiking, fishing, horseback riding, or playing water sports on Snake River. Visitors to Jackson Hole should expect to see wildlife at every turn, and venturing out on a Wildlife Safari may be the perfect way to take it all in this 4th of July.
Sonoma is a quieter, quainter spot to celebrate the 4th than some of the big cities on our list, but it still boasts an awesome celebration. Get a good viewing spot at the town’s historic Plaza for the annual parade, followed by a festival with food, drinks, games, and fun. When night time comes, take in the fireworks display above General Vallejo’s field.
A quintessential New England seaside town, Newport is a gorgeous place to spend a fun and relaxed 4th of July. Along with sightseeing the beautiful shore and historic mansions, stop at Thames Street, a favorite Newport Street lined with unique shops and restaurants. In the evening, enjoy the Fourth of July Extravaganza in King Park, a high-energy show by the Boston Brass orchestra followed by a fireworks display.
Camden does 4th of July staples right: a parade, great food, live music, and fireworks. The rocky shores of Camden make for a beautiful backdrop as you enjoy performances at Music by the Sea, a day-long music festival at the Camden Amphitheatre. Catch the fireworks over Camden Harbor once night falls; anywhere around the harbor will make an ideal viewing spot.
Brian Head, UT
For the true outdoors-type, Brian Head is an ideal Fourth of July destination. Whether you enjoy mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking, or all of the above, you can do it all here away from the hustle and bustle of city Independence Day celebrations. The stunning natural beauty of Brian Head makes for a fun, peaceful, and memorable national birthday celebration.
This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.