Fireworks, family barbecues, and outdoor concerts. No holiday brings out the best in America more than the 4th of July. The sparkling climax of the American Summer, this day of patriots has become one that is fervently dedicated to festivities and relaxation. And whether you are an American yourself or visiting from abroad, the opportunities for fun are limitless. You’ll find parties, concerts, light shows and festivities of some sort in nearly every American small town, beach resort and big city alike. But in such a vast nation with so many compelling options, how does one pick a destination? Here at Gogobot, we suggest choosing a 4th of July celebration based on your individual PRS (Personal Revelry Style). Just as America itself is a land of diversity, so too are its ways to celebrate its Independence Day.
What’s your 4th of July personality?
1. The Romantic. From An Affair to Remember to Sleepless in Seattle, New York has long cornered the market on big city romance. This 4th of July, you can relive those magical moments of classic Manhattan with your own special someone. Book the Romance Package at midtown’s historic Waldorf Astoria and enjoy in-room champagne and breakfast in bed. On the evening of the 4th, impress your partner with a view of the 35th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks from the top of the Empire State Building. Lit up a dazzling red, white and blue in celebration of the day, the Building’s world famous 86th Floor Observatory will host an intimate cocktail party from 8-10pm. Tickets are $149 each and available at www.esbnyc.com.
Rather mingle with the crowds during the big show? Pier 54 and the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Hoboken are ideal spots on the ground to watch the fireworks light up the night. Show starts at 9pm.
2. The Patriot. Washington DC
Want to celebrate our country’s independence exactly the way George Washington did? With a million-dollar fireworks display, the winner of American Idol, and an unveiling of the AIDS quilt? Well … perhaps this is a slightly more modernized version of a Washington, DC celebration. No other city in the United States takes the 4th of July more seriously. Grab a spot anywhere from the Lincoln Memorial to about a mile-long stretch of the National Mall to watch the fireworks and take part in the festivities. For 12 years in a row, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has entertained folks with international dance groups, educational exhibits and local crafts.
3. The Cowboy. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and it seems 4th of July fireworks shows are no exception. The annual Kaboom Town! fireworks of Addison, Texas are the pride of Dallas - Fort Worth, and amongst the biggest shows in the nation. Festivities run from 5pm to midnight in Addison Circle Park. Be sure to stick around following the fireworks for the Addison Kaboom Town! After Party, featuring Emerald City on the Dos Equis Stage (beginning at 10pm). The next day, round out your Lone Star State holiday with a visit to nearby Stockyard Station to see the daily cattle drive of Texan longhorns through the streets of Fort Worth. And while there, don’t miss an opportunity to practice your line dancing at Billy Bob’s Texas, the largest honky tonk in America.
Craving country, but can’t make it to Texas? Check out Nashville, Tennessee’s annual Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th Celebration. Festivities begin there at 12:30pm with a fireworks finale at 9:30pm.
4. The Beach Lover. There’s nothing quite like spending a 4th of July at the beach. The sun, sand, and spreading your blanket out with friends and family, all to the backdrop of crashing ocean waves. It’s good times and Americana to the core. Our pick for this year’s best beach party is the fireworks celebrations at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore. The day will begin in the water at 10:45am with the DaHui Paddleboard and SUP Race Series. At 4pm, gates will open to family festivities with free access to community booths, great food and entertainment. After the fireworks (scheduled for 8-8:30pm), be sure to stick around as the party will just be getting started . Michael Rose, lead singer of Black Uhuru, will perform at Surfer, The Bar, a Turtle Bay music venue co-operated by Surfer Magazine. Tickets to the after party are $40 at the door.
Like the idea of the beach, but not the long flight to Hawai’i? Other big beach 4th of July celebrations will take place in San Diego, California; Ocean City, Maryland; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Lake Tahoe.