Who can say no to great BBQ and fireworks? NOBODY, that’s who. That’s why our nation’s birthday is the biggest celebration of fried foods and colorful explosives on the entire globe. Every city, county, and town in America has its own unique twist when celebrating the fourth of July. Take a look at some of the best July 4th events across the map!
Have A Blast in Boston, Massachusetts
What’s more patriotic than heading to the Old State House in Boston for a public reading of the Declaration of Independence? If you can think of something, let us know.
Boston has a rich orchestral history, and they do a beautiful job of merging that history with contemporary pop music and lavish fireworks during the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The event has a long history, beginning in the almost 90 years ago as a solely musical event showcasing the talents of the now legendary Boston Pops Orchestra. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that fireworks were added to give an extra zing to the event. This year, Keith Lockhart continues his now 20-year run as the conductor of this fine musical ensemble.
Love pizza? Sure you do; who doesn’t? Well if you fancy yourself a pizza enthusiast and happen to be in Boston during July 4th, you can treat yourself to a tasty history lesson with a Boston Pizza Tour. Eat delicious slices in some of the oldest towns in the country. But, if pizza, orchestra, and the constitution just aren’t your thing, and you’d rather just boogie, then you can’t go wrong with the indepenDANCE cruise aboard the PROVINCETOWN II; hands down one of the best July 4th events in Boston.
What’s going on in Chicago, Illinois?
The Windy City knows how to have a good time all summer long, so a spectacular 4th of July is to be expected. On almost every Wednesday and Saturday this summer, a weekly fireworks show is provided by the Aon Center by Navy Pier. And it just so happens that the 4th of July coincides with there regularly scheduled fireworks display. The show kicks off At 9:30pm on July 4th, if you’re trying to get the best possible view you could always try finding a spot on the Independence Day Fireworks Dinner aboard the Mystic Blue and enjoy the spectacle with a delicious buffet-style meal.
There are also some party cruises that’ll be going down on the 4th (and after) that we definitely think you should check out. That is if you’re interested in being at the best July 4th events in Chicago.
The Midnight IndepenDANCE Yacht Party Aboard the Odyssey Yacht
Kick things off July 3rd and party hardy at Navy Pier on this midnight party cruise. Dance the night away while a live DJ blasts the hottest in Hip-Hop, Dance, Pop, and Top 40 hits. Sail on the waters of Lake Michigan and enjoy the views of that gorgeous Chicago city skyline.
Rock the Yacht: All White Independence Weekend Midnight Yacht Party Aboard the Spirit of Chicago
If you couldn’t tell, Chicago likes to party at midnight. True patriots know the Independence Day celebrations don’t end on July 4th. Sail aboard the Spirit of Chicago at this midnight cruise and surrender to the rhythms of the night on the dancefloor. And this is an all-white party so be sure to come in your freshest white outfit.
Best July 4th Events in New York City, New York
The city that never sleeps, but is always tired on the subway. NYC has plenty going on for itself this year for the 4th of July. For starters, there’s the Midsummer Night Swing, a nightly live-music dance party running from June 26th until July 14th. The self-proclaimed “best dance party under the stars” is hosted at Lincoln Center and will feature a different act performing each night; with The Mambo Legends Orchestra taking center stage on July 4th.
But of course, the big kahuna in the big apple is retail giant Macy’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. This city staple has become an Independence Day mandate, so finding a great spot to catch the show is a challenge for many-a-New Yorker (or tourist). In our humble opinion, the best way to watch the light show this 4th of July is on the waters of the East River at one of these events.
Independence Day Family Fireworks Cruise
Make your way to down to Pier 40 where you’ll board the Serenity Yacht and watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show in style. This family-friendly cruise is perfect for you and your loved ones to get together, have some good food, and enjoy a spectacular lights show.
IndepenDANCE Party Cruise Aboard The Amberjack V
If you’re looking to spend fourth of July in a nightclub on the water, look no further than this spectacular party cruise. Celebrate your IndepenDANCE this 4th of July, head to Pier 81 and hop aboard this fantastic festive party cruise.
D.C. doesn’t disappoint when it comes to throwing down for the 4th of July. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger patriotic display on fourth of July than at Independence Day Parade; where bands, floats, celebrity guest, and proud members of this nation’s military all march down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th st. D.C. is also home to the National Mall’s Fourth of July fireworks show, an event that has an average of 700,000 visitors annually; needless to say the fireworks themselves are everything you want them to be. Fourth of July also marks the start of the Smithsonian FolkLife Festival, a celebration of national and international foods, dance, art, and music; did we mention admission is free?
Wanna See More Of The Best July 4th Events In The Country?
Then take a look at some of the other amazing party cruises we’ve got going on this July 4th.