Colorful firework displays, hot off the grill burgers and ‘que, summer sun, and patriotic music are what make the 4th of July one America’s favorite holidays. From big cities to small towns, people across the country gather together to celebrate the holiday in their own unique way.
While some choose to stay local, many choose to travel during this time to see what really makes our country great.
Get to your Security Self Storage unit and get your RV or car ready for a road trip! Here are a few cities to add to your July 4th Bucket List. Now is the time to experience the holiday in a new and exciting way – you may even learn some fun facts about our country!
Patriotism runs deep San Diego’s. This California city is home to thousands of service members and military bases for the Navy, Air Force, Army, National Guard, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. With near-perfect weather and beautiful beaches, this is the perfect place to spend the holiday. Watch Southern California’s largest fireworks show, the Big Bay Boom, and watch the bay light up with a spectacular display. Watch them from almost anywhere by bringing a lawn chair or a blanket, but one of the nicest places is the U.S.S. Midway flight deck — usually sold out. Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero and Marina District, Seaport Village, and the Coronado Ferry Landing are also great. Looking for something more relaxing? Choose from several state beaches where you can camp near the sand in your RV or tent and soak in the California sunshine.
New York, NY
Going to New York is always an amazing experience, but for the holidays, it is even more magical. Whether you choose to go all-in and celebrate 4th of July in the most American way — going to a baseball game, eating a hot dog, and watching the epic Macy’s fireworks show — or perhaps you’d rather visit Coney Island and hop on the wonder wheel or watch the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Contest. If you really want to have a VIP view of the Macy’s fireworks — the best fireworks display in the country according to USA Today — the best places to watch it are the East Side Highway and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Are you looking for a place to get away from the fireworks? Celebrating the 4th of July while remembering four of the most important men in our history — and being surrounded by breathtaking views — might be what you are looking for. During the holiday you’ll also enjoy professional actors portraying George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as different performances including hoop dancers, short performances, and Native American flutists. Parking is $10, but park entrance and events are free. Head’s up: each year tens of thousands of visitors travel to the Black Hills of South Dakota to celebrate Independence Day at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned Fourth of July, Bend is where you want to be. It’s an entire day full of fun, games, food, and activities. Head to Drake Park for pancake breakfast, then cruise through downtown Bend with your dog, horse, wagon, or bicycle, at the Bend Park & Rec Pet Parade. Enjoy the festival with live music, food contest, local artisans, and more. Wrap up a fun-filled day with fireworks at Pilot Butte State Park. You can see the lights from just about anywhere in town. Bend is the perfect destination for those who are looking for nature, good food, and delicious beer.