THE BEST PLACES IN US TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY
The USA is partial to throwing a party or two, and one of the biggest bashes of the year is Independence Day, 4th July. If you fancy a day of sizzling BBQs, balmy sunshine and sensational firework displays, you're in luck as we've highlighted the best party locations across the US, so you can celebrate the nation's birthday in style...
MACY'S, NEW YORK
Macy’s Independence Day celebrations are among the biggest in the country, boasting a unique line-up of top performers, musical stars and pyrotechnics that’ll sweep you off your feet. Stroll through the iconic neighbourhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan, before settling down in time for the fireworks display. Watch in awe as the night sky lights up with an explosion of colour and the atmosphere buzzes with the excitement of the crowd and the sound of pumping anthems. In 2017 the show is set to move to the East Side, with 60,000 shells being launched across five barges and an audience of over three million New Yorkers.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
San Francisco certainly knows how to throw a party, with a variety of events hosted in the city in honour of the big day. If you're on family holidays, you'll be met by a wave of fun at Pier 39, with live music, entertainment and activities to enjoy before the spectacular firework display lights up the Bay at 9:30pm. Or if you're looking to celebrate in true style, why not book a Premier 4th July Dinner Cruise or Floating White House Cruise, complete with delicious food, cocktails, live entertainment, front-row seats for the fireworks and, of course, spectacular views of the city skyline.
NATIONAL MALL, WASHINGTON
For 50 years and counting, thousands have flocked to America's most visited National Park in celebration of Independence Day. The Natoinal Mall is one of the busiest - and best - places to visit if you want to get in on the party action - with crowds swelling long before night falls. Get there early and secure a spot in time for the grand firework display, where you can admire the colours bouncing off the pool surface before the Washington Monument.
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA
Drop in at this family-friendly beach town where the Independence Day festivities start days in advance. Join a cupcake-eating contest, watch a boat parade at Murrells Inlet and see vintage planes flying over the coastline. And, then of course, there are the iconic fireworks launched by various piers of Myrtle Beach, a grand spectacle watched by thousands of people who set up vigil on the sandy shores with chairs and blankets.
JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA
If you're feeling patriotic, you can spend an entire day at Jekyll Island in Georgia and you won't experience a single dull moment. The festivities begin at 9am when an old-fashioned parade floats through the National Historic Landmark District, where locals and visitors can get into the party spirit by decorating themselves (as well as anything and everything else) in a chance to win a prize announced at the end of the parade. Visit the Beach Village Street Festival which begins at 12pm for a mixture of fun-loving waterslides, sidewalk sales and live music before heading east to the Golden Isles once sun sets. Grab your spot on the public sandy beach or settle in at the Great Dunes beachfront park for a glorious view of the fireworks.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
It’s showtime in St. Augustine, Florida as the fireworks are set off over the Castillo de San Marcos, reflecting off the waters of gorgeous Matanzas Bay. Be sure to discover the historic downtown area’s antique stores and restaurants as you head along the bayfront to take position for the fireworks display. And, while you're in Florida be sure to check out the top things to do in Orlando with family!