5 Cities That Go All Out for The 4th

Cookouts and fireworks are the common theme of Independence Day here in the U.S., but there are some cities that go all out for the holiday. There’s no wrong way to celebrate, whether it’s with a low-key BBQ in your backyard or going on a trip to an especially patriotic destination. If the latter is your goal, here are a few American cities that are known for having the biggest 4th of July celebrations around.


1. Southport, North Carolina

This small coastal town goes big when it comes to the 4th of July—and they have for more than two centuries! These days, 50,000+ people flock to the quaint town to celebrate the holiday. Festivities include a patriotic parade, music, entertainment, and games, arts and crafts and, of course, an impressive fireworks show. [photo courtesy of southportnc.org]


2. Mackinac Island, Michigan 

Looking to go back in time to celebrate the 4th? This town’s traditions harken back to the 1880s with activities like horse-drawn buggies, a 38-gun salute and kids’ games on the lawn, all leading up to an epic fireworks show. [photo courtesy of grandhotel.com]


3. Boston, Massachusetts

Given all the Revolutionary War history that took place in this city, it’s no wonder this is the location of the largest 4th of July festival in the country. About 3 million visitors make their way to Boston to participate in Revolutionary War reenactments, cruises, speeches, walking tours and a Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular show. [photo courtesy of unsplash.com]


4. Bristol, Rhode Island

Bristol is home to the country’s oldest continuous 4th of July celebration, dating all the way back to 1785. They stretch out the festivities, too, kicking things off with Flag Day on June 14 and wrapping things up on July 4th with an impressive parade that is the oldest in the U.S.[photo courtesy of Wikipedia]


5. Addison, Texas

Typically a small 19,000 resident suburb of Dallas, this town draws half a million people on the 3rd of July to take part in its holiday festivities. The most famous of these is the town’s renowned 30-minute fireworks show, featuring 3,500 pounds of fireworks for a very memorable experience. [photo courtesy of addisontexas.net]