Fourth of July Getaway

May 17th, 2010 by Mariah

It’s never too early to start planning! With its day-long beach parties, afternoon parades, nightly concerts, and dazzling fireworks, July 4th isn’t your everyday holiday – it’s the birthday of the good ol’ US of A, and everyone’s invited to the countrywide party. Whether you’re into paying tribute to American history or just enjoying traditional American summer pastimes, our list of top places to celebrate July 4 has got you covered.


Washinton DC

Washington DC is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th! The National Mall, with Washington DC’s monuments and the U. S. Capitol in the background, forms a beautiful and patriotic backdrop to America’s Independence Day celebrations. This is an all-day event in the nation’s capital, beginning with a parade along Constitution Avenue and ending with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.

Fireworks Time: At dark, usually around 9:15 p.m. Rain Date: July 5th
Launch Location: The fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.



More than 200 events make up a fun-filled week-long calendar during the annual Boston Harborfest, which kicks off in late June and continues through the Independence Day holiday. This patriotic celebration focuses on the city’s strong maritime and colonial heritage, and unfolds, as such, along the waterfront, on the Harbor Islands, and in historic downtown. Expect a slew of events (most of them free), ranging from fireworks, concerts, kids’ days, cruises, tours, and more.


Fireworks Time: 10:30 PM. CBS will start their national broadcast at 10:00 and fireworks will end at 11:00. The events take place along the Charles River between the Longfellow and Mass Ave Bridges on both the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river.



The Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival, held annually for 10 days in Chicago starting Friday before the 4th of July and ending the Sunday after (in the event July 4th is a Saturday, the festival begins on the Friday eight days before). The event is the largest festival in Chicago. Every year, millions of Chicagoans and tourists from around the world flock to Grant Park to enjoy the variety of food prepared by Chicago’s most popular restaurants. Events also include live music on multiple stages, including the Petrillo Music Shell, informational and family oriented pavilions, and nightly film performances. Musical acts vary from established and emerging local artists to nationally known artists like Carlos Santana, Moby, and Kenny Rogers. All performances are free. July 3 is by far the event’s most attended day.

Fireworks Time: To be announced. Chicago has THREE seperate fireworks diplays: The North Side fireworks will be held around Montrose Beach, the South Side fireworks in the vicinity of 63rd Street Beach, plus a third at the Navy Pier.




Where better to celebrate America’s independence than in the city of our nation’s birth – Philadelphia? The old stomping grounds of the Founding Fathers, this history-rich city lays claim to being the place where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were both drafted. More than 200 years later, Philadelphians are still ready to get all riled up in the name of independence, with a superb week-long celebration.

Fireworks Time: Concert & Fireworks Display with Sheryl Crow and The Roots goes from 8:30 – 11:00 p.m on July 4. The concert will begin around 8:30 and the fireworks around 10:30. The fireworks location will be Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Have a happy and safe holiday!