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Uncle Sam Wants You to Travel for the Fourth of July

Travel Tips | Rayme Gorniak | June 23, 2024

Haven’t yet made plans for USA’s birthday celebrations in two weeks? If your palms just got sweaty and you panicked a little bit, we’ve got you covered with our picks of the best ways to ring in the 248th year this fine country has been a republic. Whether you’re an LGBTQ+ traveler or simply enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, we have something for everyone. Let’s start planning that Fourth of July travel!

Experience New York City’s Dazzling Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular

First stop, the Big Apple! New York City’s Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular is one event you don’t want to miss. Picture this — the iconic skyline, the Hudson River, and a fireworks show that lights up the entire city. With over 75,000 shells and effects, it’s the largest Independence Day fireworks display in the U.S.

Pro tip: Arrive early to claim your spot along the river, and be prepared for crowds — lots of them, it is New York City after all.

Atlantic City, New Jersey Longest Fireworks Show

A trip outside the city might be worth the trip to New Jersey since Atlantic City’s fireworks show not only lights up the sky, but is one of the longest in America — clocking in at 45 minutes. On July 5th, a spa treatment will be order to relax your sore neck. Grab your friends, hit the slots, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride in Provincetown, MA

If you’re looking to mix some Americana with trendy club beats then P-Town’s renowned 4th of July circuit party Revolution: Independence Week will hit the spot. The party brings top DJs from around the world and pool parties. This charming coastal town offers a mix of art galleries, quaint restaurants, and a welcoming community. On the Fourth, enjoy the fireworks display over the harbor and join in on the local festivities. Provincetown has a special place in the hearts of many queers, and it’s not hard to see why.

Dance the Night Away at Miami’s Fire on the Fourth

If you’re looking for a sizzling celebration, Miami’s Fire on the Fourth is where you need to be. With a fireworks show set to live music from legends like the Rebirth Brass Band and Irma Thomas, it’s a party you won’t forget. Make sure to hit up Miami gay-scene after the fireworks for an evening of dancing and celebration.

Float Under Fireworks on Austin’s Lady Bird Lake

Austin brings its unique charm to the Fourth of July with fireworks on Lady Bird Lake. Imagine watching the sky light up while floating on a raft. Yes, it’s as epic as it sounds. The fireworks are accompanied by an orchestra-led soundtrack that adds a magical touch to the evening. Don’t forget to explore Austin’s live music scene while you’re there.

Step Back in Time on Mackinac Island, MI

For a taste of classic Americana, Mackinac Island is a must-visit. This vehicle-free island exudes historical charm, with nightly ice cream socials and a Revolutionary War fort. Celebrate the Fourth with a unique flair, witnessing parades, fireworks, and all things red, white, and blue. It’s like stepping back in time, in the best way possible.

Saddle Up for Denver’s Wild West Celebration

Yeehaw! Denver’s Wild West-themed Fourth of July is an exhilarating experience. From concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to attending a Colorado Rockies game, there’s no shortage of fun. You’ll also find rodeos, parades, and plenty of BBQ. Saddle up and enjoy a Western-style celebration that’s sure to impress.

There you have it — some of the best destinations for Fourth of July travel. From NYC’s dazzling display to Denver’s Wild West adventure, there’s something for everyone. Start planning your trip now and make this holiday one for the books. Don’t forget to take advantage of travel deals and enjoy every moment of your Independence Day weekend.

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