America’s Best Fourth of July Celebrations

There will be an estimated 14,000 fireworks displays throughout the country during July 4 celebrations, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association. That translates to 24.5 million pounds of explosives.

But July 4 activities aren’t just about fireworks. According to Travel and Leisure, here are some of the best Independence Day celebrations in the country:

Boston, Massachusetts

“Boston’s Revolutionary War history and heritage make it a perfect place to celebrate America’s Independence,” writes T&L. Almost 3 million visitors from all over the world agree, making this city’s Fourth of July festival the largest in the United States.

Coney Island, Brooklyn

Fourth of July would be incomplete without fireworks and hot dogs, and you can have both at Brooklyn’s famous Coney Island boardwalk. T&L notes, “Speaking of hot dogs, the 100th anniversary of the annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest will happen this year at the flagship eatery.”

Bristol, Rhode Island

Bristol is home to America’s oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration, dating back to 1785. “It just might be the longest too, starting on June 14, Flag Day, and concluding with the 2.5-mile Military, Civic, and Firemen’s Parade on July 4,” writes T&L.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, of course, is where it all began in 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Philly celebrates its important place in American history with six days of festivities. According to T&L, “From June 29 to July 4, visitors can enjoy free concerts, dazzling fireworks shows, outdoor movies, Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party, free museum entry, parades, patriotic ceremonies, and kids’ activities.”

Read more at Travel and Leisure.

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