If you’re looking for places to go this July 4th, boy do we have some ideas for you! According to CheapOair’s booking data from last year, these are our top six most popular domestic travel destinations for Independence Day. If you haven’t made plans yet for the holiday, we’ve compiled some short July 4th itineraries to get you started.
Check out the list below and get into the stars and stripes spirit, because it’s about that time to begin planning ahead for the holiday weekend!
Greet the sun at Marina Del Rey, where you can tour Fisherman’s Village, Venice Beach, and more. Shop, stroll, swim, and people-watch to your heart’s content—there’s bound to be a lot going on during a holiday weekend!
Barbecue is a requisite menu item for the Fourth, and Korean barbecue fits the bill nicely without you having to clean your own grill afterward. End the day at Grand Park, which hosts a free Block Party comprising food and music (but no alcohol) and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show among the buildings of downtown LA.
Fill up at any of Sin City’s fabulous casino buffets before spending the rest of the afternoon shopping on the Strip. We’d recommend exploring downtown Las Vegas, but unless you’re a cold-blooded desert animal, you probably want to avoid scorching outdoor temperatures in July.
You can bet that casinos are throwing big parties for America’s birthday. You have two options: Get yourself to a splashy pool party at one of the resorts, or find a vantage point (the High Roller observation wheel fits the bill, as does the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas) to watch fireworks going off all along the Strip.
There’s a lot going on in town during July 4th weekend, from the raucous Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival to the expansive Cherry Creek Arts Festival. When you need to take a break, we suggest kicking back at one of Denver’s fine microbreweries and having a drink.
The biggest party in town is at Civic Center Park, though please note that its annual Independence Eve event—featuring a concert, light show, and fireworks—is actually on Friday, June 3. On the big day itself, you should play at the Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park for the afternoon and stick around until evening, when they’ll shoot off a spectacular fireworks display.
If you haven’t visited Pike Place Market (and, really, even if you have), then it should be your first stop for coffee, chowder, and more! Head to the Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. to catch a free concert by the Seattle Civic Band while taking in the Carl S. English Botanical Gardens, both of which are maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Seattle’s best fireworks display takes place over Lake Union, and you have a few viewing options: Take advantage of the free Seafair Summer North celebrations at Gas Works Park or South Lake Union Park and stake out a spot on the grass, reserve seats in the park beforehand for $25 each, or hop on a cruise that will give you front-row seats to watch from the water.
The annual Fair Park Fourth pretty much has you covered for the whole day. In the early morning, runners and joggers will set off from Fair Park for the 7K/4K race. Throughout the day, you should explore the Children’s Aquarium, enjoy the rides at Midway, and soak in the park’s greenery.
Live music throughout the event includes Dixie Land Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony as well as a Beatles tribute band. In the evening, head to the park’s Cotton Bowl Stadium for the nighttime fireworks display. Do note that while entering the park and stadium are free, attractions such as Midway and Discovery Gardens charge admission.
Theme parks that have special Independence Day celebrations include Legoland, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. So if you find yourself in any of the aforementioned on July 4th, then you have your fireworks agenda covered. Everyone else should make their way to Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando, where the city launches its annual Fireworks at the Fountain show for the public.