32 Last-minute 4th of July getaways and where to see the best fireworks in 2024

4th of July fireworks in Washington, D.C.

It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year, and now all of a sudden…the 4th of July is just a few weeks away! If time flew by so quickly that you forgot to plan an Independence Day getaway, we’re here to help. 

It’s not too late to put together a last-minute 4th of July getaway with your family or friends. From Boston to New York, Philly to Nashville, here are the best places to visit in July, including road trip ideas, spectacular fireworks shows, and beach trips that require little advanced planning.

32 Last-minute 4th of July getaways

Large groups and families will have no problem whipping together a quick and affordable 4th of July getaway to any of the destinations on this list. What’s more, each location is close to a  Greenvans’ rental office, so you can book a 15-passenger van and hit the road in style and comfort with your loved ones.

4th of July fireworks over the Philadelphia Art Museum
Fireworks over the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Photo courtesy of Visit Philly

1. Philadelphia, PA

It will be hard to top a Fourth of July celebration in the birthplace of the U.S.A.! What’s more, Philly knows how to throw a party, so if free concerts, fabulous fireworks, and historical reenactments sound like fun to you, the city of Brotherly Love is your spot.

There are several ways to get to Philadelphia. Fly into Philly via the PHL International airport, take Amtrak or NJ Transit, or rent a passenger van from Greenvans’ Eddystone office. You can have the van delivered to the airport, train station, or any other location you choose.

Pro tip: Museums in Philadelphia are free to enter for the 16 days leading up to Independence Day, perfect for art-lovers and history buffs.

2. Peddler’s Village, PA

This charming little colonial town in Bucks County is a delightful respite from Philadelphia’s urban energy. Its countryside setting is the perfect place to indulge in the annual Strawberry Festival while the village is full of boutique shops and cozy restaurants. Rent a passenger van from Greenvans to get there easily.

Pro tip: July is National Blueberry month and Peddler’s Village will be hosting its first multi-day festival to celebrate. Don’t miss the Red, White, and Blueberries BBQ Bash, complete with live music, grilled American favorites, and blueberry pie galore.

3. Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City is a versatile destination that’s ideal for groups of all kinds. Families with kids will love the rides at Steel Pier and boardwalk fries, and friend groups will enjoy the festive beach bars, pulsing nightclubs, and abundance of gambling opportunities.

To get to Atlantic City from Philadelphia, ride the NJ Transit, take a Greyhound bus, or rent a 15-passenger van so you can throw your beach essentials in the back.

Pro tip: Pack picnic supplies, including a cooler, blankets, beverages and snacks to enjoy while watching the fireworks from the beach.

4. Ocean City, NJ

There’s no doubt that Ocean City is one of the best getaways for families with young kids. Its boardwalk brims with arcades, water parks, mini golf, and family-friendly amusement park rides. There’s no shortage of entertainment in “America’s Greatest Family Resort”.

The best way to get to Ocean City from Philadelphia is to pack up a 15-passenger van and take the fam on a comfortable ride to the beach.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to bring your favorite kite so you and the kids can take part in a kite-flying competition on the beach next to Music Pier.

5. Cape May, NJ

A trip to Cape May is like a step back to the Victorian era, with grand houses, horse carriages, and manicured gardens. Some visitors come for its expansive beaches and quaint downtown, while others are drawn to excellent golf courses or boating opportunities.

Take NJ Transit from Philly or drive in a spacious 15-passenger van rental on your own schedule.

Pro Tip: Be sure to arrive several days before July Fourth to avoid congested holiday traffic on the Garden State Parkway.

6. Rehoboth Beach, DE

Rehoboth Beach has it all: a family-friendly boardwalk, a massive beach, local breweries, and some of the East Coast’s best outlet shopping. Whether you plan to travel with family, friends, or a bit of both, this seaside resort town has something for all to enjoy.

The best way to get to Rehoboth Beach is to rent a 15-passenger van in Philly and drive south along the coast.

Pro tip: Head to Cape Henlopen State Park for the day to enjoy quieter beaches, hiking trails, and wildlife sightings.

7. Boston, MA

Nothing says patriotic like a summer holiday getaway to one of the country’s oldest cities. Boston is full of history, culture, and cool must-see sites like the Freedom Trail and Fenway Park. Everyone, from kids to grandparents, college buddies to groups of couples, is sure to find plenty to discover in Beantown.

There are several ways to get to Boston. Fly into Logan International airport, take Amtrak, or secure a passenger van rental, which can be delivered to the location of your choice.

Pro tip: Few experiences are as American as catching a baseball game at Fenway Park. Check the Red Sox schedule to see if you can score tickets for your group. 

8. Providence, RI

The artsy, historical, waterfront city of Providence is an excellent destination for your Fourth of July getaway. It’s got great food, vibrant museums, and many parks where you can set up a picnic and enjoy the fantastic view of fireworks over the water.

You can take Amtrak, a Greyhound or Peter Pan bus, or rent a passenger van to drive from to Providence from Boston.

Pro tip: Don’t miss WaterFire, Providence’s signature fire sculpture installation near the riverbank. It’s a great group activity that’s easy to walk to before or after dinner.  

Lighthouse on July 4th in Chatham, Cape Cod
4th of July in Chatham, Cape Cod
Photo courtesy of Chatham Old Harbor Inn

9. Cape Cod, MA

The peninsula known as Cape Cod is an ocean lover’s paradise. Its natural beauty draws visitors from near and far, some looking to relax on its calm beaches and others in the mood for fishing. Outdoor enthusiasts will especially like Cape Cod for the abundance of hiking trails, water sports, and golf courses. Take advantage of the beautiful drive through New England by renting a passenger van from Greenvans.

Other ways to get to Cape Cod include the CapeFlyer train (during summer season), the bus, or the ferry.

Pro tip: Traffic on Cape Cod during the summer is common, and more so during a holiday. Carpooling is one of the best ways to get around, so consider renting a 15-passenger van in Boston so everyone can travel together.

10. Manchester, VT

Manchester’s direct access to the Green Mountains and Appalachian trail regularly attracts active travelers and nature lovers. If you’re looking for a laid-back destination to celebrate Independence Day with your family or friends, Manchester is the place to be.

To arrive in Manchester, you can fly into Albany Airport, take Vermont Translines, or rent a passenger van so you can witness the beautiful New England scenery.

Pro tip: Check out any of the 30 events making up Manchester Music Festival’s Golden Anniversary which starts shortly after the Independence Day celebrations end. Enjoy live music, lectures, and mixers for music lovers.

11. Portland, ME

There are lots of reasons Portland is special, but its location on the Southern coast of Maine is probably number one. Its craggy coastline jut into the deep blue Atlantic Ocean upon which are a smattering of red roofed New England houses and white-and-black lighthouses. Activities abound, so whether you want to spend your day museum hopping, beer tasting, or trail running, Portland’s got you covered.

To get to Portland from Boston, take Amtrak, Concord Coach Lines, or drive north on I-95 in a comfortable, spacious 15-passenger rental van.

Pro tip: Turn your summer getaway into a Fourth of July road trip. Check out our post, Boston to Portland, Maine: 15 destinations that make the ultimate road trip, and plan accordingly!

12. Acadia National Park, ME

The self-proclaimed “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast” is one of the most visited parks in the U.S., and for good reason. Its dramatic landscape and location along the rocky coast make it unique amongst national parks. Beyond miles and miles of trails, wetlands, and mountains, Acadia is one of the best places to camp in the country.

To get there, fly CapeAir to Bar Harbour, take the bus to Bangor, or rent a passenger van and experience one of the country’s most beautiful drives.

Pro tip: As mentioned, it’s a great place for camping. Renting a 15-passenger van means you can throw your tent, portable stove, and sleeping bags in the back. If sleeping in the wilderness isn’t your thing, ask us about configuring the van to make it suitable for sleeping.

13. New York City, NY

What’s better than spending America’s birthday in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities? The Big Apple is always a good idea, especially on a weekend like July Fourth when many locals flock to the beaches. Shop, see a Broadway show, dine in fabulous restaurants and stroll Central Park before heading to the Hudson River to catch fireworks.

There are several ways to get to New York City. Fly into Newark International, JFK International, or LaGuardia International airports. You could also take NJ Transit, AmTrak, or Metro-North Railroad, take a bus. Or, forgo public transportation and rent a 15-passenger van.

Pro tip: Cruise the Hudson River! A few companies like Liberty Belle and Cloud 9 offer incredible boat rides for you to dine and dance the night away under Macy’s spectacular fireworks show.

14. Hudson, NY

If you’re looking for a bit of nature, a bit of culture, and a lot of small town charm, Hudson is your answer. From gallery-hopping to hiking in Hudson Valley, boutique shopping sprees to decadent dining, Hudson’s allure will captivate travelers of all ages.

To get to Hudson from NYC, take a train, a Greyhound bus, or rent a 15-passenger van and enjoy the ride through the beautiful countryside.

Pro tip: Check out the events calendar for Olana State Historic Site, which offers group activities like cooking classes, live music, and dance workshops.

15. Mystic, CT

This quintessential seaside town in Connecticut is known for its picturesque waterfront and maritime history. Enjoy a stroll in the historic downtown and a visit to the largest maritime museum in the U.S. The seafood here is fresh and delicious, and you can’t miss grabbing a slice at the famous Mystic Pizza, set of the 1988 Julia Roberts’ movie of the same name.

Make your way to Mystic on Amtrak, the OurBus line, or drive through vineyards, breweries, and castles in a 15-passenger rental van.

Pro tip: There are no scheduled fireworks shows in Mystic for the 5th of July, so take a quick drive to Norwich Harbor for their July 5th fireworks show.

16. Lake George, NY

Not only is Lake George the largest lake in the Adirondacks, it’s the home of unique festivals all throughout the year. Summer is especially lively, with a plethora of celebrations centering around jazz, food and wine, classic cars, and a lively 4th of July lineup with plenty of fireworks.

To get to Lake George from NYC, you can take Amtrak, Adirondack Trailways or Greyhound bus lines, or rent a passenger van to witness Upstate NY’s lovely scenery.

Pro tip: Skip the picnic blanket and catch the fireworks from above – drive along the breathtaking Lake George Scenic Byway, a 5.5-mile stretch of highway along the Adirondack Mountains. There are a handful of lookout points which provide spectacular views of the lake, perfect for viewing the show.

17. Lake Placid, NY

You might associate Lake Placid with winter activities, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The area is known for hosting the Winter Olympics, twice. Nonetheless, there are tons of warm weather activities that make it an excellent year-round destination, like hiking, biking, and water sports on Mirror Lake.  

To get there, take an Amtrak train and bus combo, or rent a van and explore Upstate New York’s incredible scenery.

Pro tip:  Arrive early with your group to secure a front-row seat to Lake Placid’s famous Fourth of July parade on Main Street before making your way to the free concert in Mid’s Park.

4th of July fireworks over Broadway Ave, Nashville
Fireworks over Broadway in Nashville
Photo courtesy of Williamson County Dispatch

18. Nashville, TN

The mixed bag of things to see and do in Nashville makes it more than just a place to visit for 4th of July fireworks – it’s one of the best cities to visit in the U.S.A. year round. Its vibrant music scene and delicious restaurants attract both families and groups of friends looking for an unforgettable getaway.   

To get there, fly into Nashville International Airport (BNA) or rent a passenger van from any of Greenvans’ east coast locations.

Pro tip: Pile the kids in the van and take a quick drive to the SoBro neighborhood, where you’ll find games, live music, and numerous food trucks for snacking in the Family Fun Zone.

19. Fall Creek Falls State Park, TN

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the beauty and serenity in Fall Creek Falls State Park, home to one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern U.S. and just a two-hour drive from Nashville. Here you can fish, zip line, horseback ride, or opt for a peaceful picnic by the creek. There’s even an on-site golf course where you can work on your swing.

The best way to get to Fall Creek Falls is with a 15-passenger van rental from Nashville.

Pro tip: Make your way to the park early, as 10:00 AM begins a day-long celebration for Independence Day. Take part in games, snacks, and a parade through the campground.

20. Louisville, KT 

Baseball, bourbon, and the opulent Kentucky Derby are just three of the dozens of reasons to take a Fourth of July road trip to Louisville. Take a bike tour through an underground cavern or spend the day museum hopping in venues dedicated to local equestrian culture or the life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Relax at Waterfront Park where you can take in sweeping views of the Ohio River.

To get to Louisville from Nashville, take a Flixbus or Greyhound, or drive a passenger van for the scenic ride through the countryside.

Pro tip: Secure your spot on the banks of the Ohio River by 5:00 PM for the Louisville Waterfront Park Fourth of July celebration, surrounded by food trucks, games, live music by Louisville Orchestra and, of course, a fabulous fireworks show.

21. Gatlinburg, TN

The gateway to the Smoky Mountains isn’t only breathtaking views – here you’ll find a huge aquarium, a unique glass-bottom bridge, a quaint downtown, and moonshine distilleries. There is an extensive network of hiking trails and other outdoor adventures in Smoky Mountain National Park, including some of the nation’s best whitewater rafting.

To get there, rent a passenger van and drive through the iconic Smoky Mountains.Pro tip: Don’t miss the famous Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade! The country’s first Independence Day party starts promptly at 12:01 AM on July 4th, so get your group set up as early, or as late, as possible.

22. Asheville, NC

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy America’s birthday while nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains? The ever-popular Asheville appeals to nature lovers, foodies, history buffs, and art enthusiasts. From a day at the Biltmore to an afternoon of local wine tasting, groups of friends and family will love an escape to North Carolina’s trendiest town.

To travel to Asheville from Nashville, take a Greyhound bus, or rent a passenger van and enjoy the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway drive.

Pro tip: For a more peaceful and intimate fireworks experience, pack a picnic and some beach chairs and take a short drive west to Lake Junaluska, where you can relax in front of the lake for the big show.

4th of July fireworks over Potomac River in Washington DC
Fireworks over the Potomac River, Washington, D.C.
Photo by Timothy Wolff on Unsplash

23. Washington, D.C.

D.C. is a hub of history, art, intellect, and bucket-list monuments. What’s more, it’s one of our favorite affordable 4th of July getaways. Families with kids can explore parks and world-class museums – for free! Dining options are extensive in D.C., a city known for food truck eats to elegant Michelin Star restaurants.

To get there, you can fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), take Amtrak, ride Greyhound or Megabus, or have a passenger van delivered to you.

Pro tip: Stay as close to the National Mall as you can for front-row access to the most exciting parties and celebrations.

24. Alexandria, VA

Perched on the banks of the Potomac River, Alexandria’s colonial charm and small-town feel draws plenty of visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital. It’s an excellent alternative to staying in D.C., yet still close enough to feel like you’re getting the best of both.

There are several ways to get to Alexandria from D.C. Ride Amtrak, take the Metro, or rent a passenger van in D.C.

Pro tip: George Washington’s Mount Vernon hosts a special Independence Day celebration every year, with made-for-daytime fireworks, music, and games. 

25. Baltimore, MD

Baltimore’s got a little bit of everything – fascinating history, great food, waterfront views, and a fervent sports scene. City lovers will appreciate its trendy neighborhoods and engaging attractions, like the National Aquarium and the Edgar Allen Poe house. Don’t miss a stroll along Inner Harbor, where street performers and delightful restaurants abound.

There are several ways to get to Baltimore from D.C., including Amtrak, MARC, Greyhound, or a car or van rental.

Pro tip: Instead of fighting the crowds for a spot in the park, charter a private water taxi so your group can enjoy the fireworks together on the river.

26. Frederick, MD

The beautifully-preserved colonial district for which Frederick is famous is only one reason to consider this for your last-minute 4th of July getaway. It’s got hiking trails and parks, music and art, and an abundance of shopping and dining. It’s also known for tasty craft beer and local wine bars.

To get to Frederick, you can take the MARC train or drive a passenger van from D.C.

Pro tip: Arrive early to Baker Park, where Frederick’s annual Fireworks Festival will take place. Enjoy music, snacks, games, and a clear view of the light show.

27. Ocean City, MD

Really great beaches, year-round festivals, and excellent dining make OCMD one of the best Fourth of July vacations on the East Coast. Families will love the endless list of things to do with kids, from mini-golf to go karts, boardwalk arcades to water sports. Fresh seafood feasts are an absolute highlight, so get ready to stuff yourself silly on crabcakes and shellfish.

There are two ways to travel to OCMD. Ride Amtrak or rent a passenger van and take the scenic coastal route.

Pro tip: Pack beach chairs! With a 15-passenger rental van configured with your equipment in mind, we can fit plenty in the back. Take your chairs, snacks, and preferred beverages downtown at N. Division St. Beach or uptown at Northside Park for the best fireworks views in the city.

28. Richmond, VA

Richmond’s historical legacy as the Confederate capital is still well-preserved through museums, statues, and Civil War-era cemeteries, making it a very unique place to be during Independence Day. Beyond history, the urban sprawl hugs the James River and the developed RiverWalk is a wonderful place to stroll, bike, or catch an outdoor concert. 

Get there by flying into Richmond International Airport (RIC), taking Amtrak or the bus, or reserving a van rental at Greenvans’ downtown Richmond location.

Pro tip: Traveling with a group of beer lovers? Head to Isley Brewing Company for an all-day Independence Day and new beer release party and be the first to taste their latest lager.

Step back in time in Colonial Williamsburg
Photo courtesy of Williamsburg White House Inn

29. Williamsburg, VA

A trip to Williamsburg is the ultimate step back in time. This fascinating year-round destination truly comes to life on July 4th. All across the colonial town are reenactments from days past – watch a live reading of the nation’s Declaration of Independence, attend a public auction, and stroll the 18th Century cobblestone streets by night.To get to Williamsburg from Richmond, take Amtrak, Greyhound, or get there quickly and comfortably in a 15-passenger rental van.

Pro tip: Spend a day together at Busch Gardens riding thrilling roller coasters, playing arcade games, and cooling down in the water park.

30. Norfolk, VA

If art, opera, and theater speak to you, you might want to bump Norfolk to the top of your “last-minute 4th of July getaways” list. It’s home to major institutions including the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Stage Company, the Virginia Symphony, and the Virginia Arts Festival. In addition to the arts, you’ll find a slew of outdoor activities to enjoy, with the option to visit the world’s largest naval base.

There are three ways to get to Norfolk from Richmond. Amtrak, Greyhound or Flixbus, or a passenger van rental so you can check out a few historic sites along the way.

Pro tip: Book a group experience on the American Rover’s Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise and watch the show from the water!

31. Virginia Beach, VA

Perched at the convergence of the tranquil Chesapeake Bay and the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean is the lively beachfront town of Virginia Beach. Everything you want from a coastal gem is here – 28 miles of sandy shoreline, a boardwalk, lively breweries, and its artsy Creative District. A short drive away is Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge for nature lovers and Pungo, an agricultural community nestled in the countryside.

There are two ways to get to Virginia Beach from Richmond: a Greyhound bus or in a passenger van rental for a quick and easy arrival.

Pro tip: As an alternative to Virginia Beach’s Stars & Stripes Celebration, families can check out the kid-friendly celebration at Mount Trashmore Park. Engage in activities that little ones will love, like face painting, bounce houses, and a nighttime 4th of July fireworks show to wrap things up.

32. Annapolis, MD

Annapolis’ combo of colonial charm, maritime history, and waterfront activity attracts a variety of travelers and serves as an ideal 4th of July getaway from both Washington, D.C. and Richmond. Enjoy activities like sailing and kayaking, exploring nearby nautical villages in the Chesapeake Bay, or simply strolling the abundance of parks and gardens that make this coastal city so appealing.

You can arrive in Annapolis by Amtrak, Greyhound, or by driving a rental van through the picturesque countryside.

Pro tip: Make a reservation for Dinner under the Stars, a biweekly summer event where diners can enjoy a meal al fresco surrounded by art installations and live music performances.

4th of July fireworks
Photo by weston m on Unsplash

Where to see the best 4th of July fireworks

Hundreds of years ago, in 1777, Philadelphia witnessed what might have been the first official fireworks show to celebrate the nation’s independence. In lieu of multihued explosions, however, soldiers fired guns and cannons into the sky in an attempt to boost morale during the Revolutionary War. 

While we’ve come a long way from gunpowder displays, the U.S.A. has successfully clung to the tradition of 4th of July fireworks. Deciding where to see the best of them can be a challenge akin to that of our Revolutionary soldiers. To make it easier, here are our top nine places to see this year’s 4th of July fireworks. Even better? All the fireworks are free of charge to watch, so it’s one of the best, cheap 4th of July getaways!

Philadelphia, PA

Why Philly? The birth of the nation, the birth of the fireworks tradition, and the birth of the mouthwatering cheesesteak all took place right here. Not to mention a 16-day Welcome America Festival with spectacular concerts and free museum entry.

  • Where to see the fireworks: Philadelphia Museum of Art on JFK Boulevard
  • When to see the fireworks: 9:45 PM on July 4th
  • Is it free? Yes, fireworks are free.
  • How to get there: Walk, take the subway, or rent a van so your group can travel comfortably together.

Ocean City, MD

Only in OCMD can you join a bike parade and a kite flying competition while listening to live music before a fantastic fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. 

  • Where to see the fireworks: There are two locations in OCMD to watch fireworks – Northside Park or Caroline Street
  • When to see the fireworks: 9:30 PM on July 4th
  • Is it free? Yes, fireworks are free.
  • How to get there: Walk, take the Coastal Highway bus service between 6:00 AM to 3:00 AM, or rent a van so you can bring along your picnic essentials.

Boston, MA

The Boston Pops Concert Fireworks Spectacular on the Charles River is a fun and famous way to spend the holiday in one of the oldest cities in the U.S.A.

  • Where to see the fireworks: Head to a popular viewing spot like Storrow Drive on the Boston side and Memorial Drive on the Cambridge side of the river. 
  • When to see the fireworks: 10:30 PM on July 4th
  • Is it free? Yes, fireworks are free.
  • How to get there: Walk, take the subway, or drive together in a passenger van rental.

New York, NY

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show features synchronized music and plenty of colorful fireworks over the Hudson River.

  • Where to see the fireworks: Viewing spots include Chelsea Piers, Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens, and various locations along the Hudson River.
  • When to see the fireworks: 10:30 PM on July 4th
  • Is it free? Yes, fireworks are free.
  • How to get there: Public transportation, walk, or rent a passenger van.

Nashville, TN 

Music City celebrates the only way it knows how – with incredible live music performances by the Nashville Symphony and a lively street party. 

  • Where to see the fireworks: Riverfront Park and downtown Nashville
  • When to see the fireworks: TBD on July 4th
  • Is it free? Yes, fireworks are free.
  • How to get there: WeGo public bus system, rideshares like Uber and Lyft, or drive in a passenger van so the family can stay together. 

Washington, D.C.

July 4th activities in D.C. are always vibrant and memorable. What’s more patriotic than watching a dizzying show of fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with the Capitol dome lit up in the background? 

  • Where to see the fireworks: the National Mall
  • What time to see the fireworks: 9:00 PM on July 4th
  • Is it free? Yes, fireworks are free.
  • How to get there: Take the Metro or rent a passenger van and drive.

San Francisco, CA

Watching fireworks explode over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge is a mesmerizing experience that you’ll likely never forget. Don’t miss the San Francisco Symphony’s shoreline concert as an opening act.

  • Where to see the fireworks: Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and 43, Crissy Field
  • What time to see the fireworks: 9:00 PM on July 4th
  • Is it free? Yes, fireworks are free.
  • How to get there: You can take a shuttle from Market Street or Embarcadero or drive a passenger van, especially useful if you’re planning a picnic at Crissy Field.
4th of July fireworks at Navy Pier, Chicago
Photo courtesy of NBC Chicago

Chicago, IL 

Head to Navy Pier on July 3rd to dine on classic American fare and watch the fireworks pop over a massive and glistening Lake Michigan. 

  • Where to see the fireworks: Navy Pier
  • What time to see the fireworks: 9:00 PM on July 3rd
  • Is it free? Yes, fireworks are free.
  • How to get there: Drive, bike, take a CTA bus or ride the subway. 

Key West, FL

Planning to head south for the 4th? Key West’s Key Lime Festival is a quirky way to spend the holiday. Participate in activities like key lime pie eating contests before settling down for a picnic under the fireworks.

  • Where to see the fireworks: White Street Pier or Higgs Beach
  • What time to see the fireworks: 9:00 PM on July 4th
  • Is it free? Yes, fireworks are free.
  • How to get there: Ride a bike or drive a rental van stocked with the necessary to spend a day by the water. Arrive very early to secure the best spot.
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto

FAQS about 4th of July getaways

Where is the best place to spend the 4th of July? 

The best place to spend the 4th of July is in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, or New York City if you like the city vibe. For small town charm, try Frederick, MD or Williamsburg, VA. If a beach is what you’re after, we suggest Atlantic City, NJ; Ocean City, MD; or Key West, FL.

Where is the biggest 4th of July celebration?

The biggest 4th of July celebrations take place in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston.

What city has the best fireworks?

The Macy’s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City is said to have the best fireworks. However, it’s really up to you to decide!

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