The celebration of our nation's independence is very special and this is displayed across the country with fantastic fireworks displays and neighborhood parties. Most every community has their own special celebration where friends and neighbor are encouraged to get together and have a BBQ or go to the lake or some other special event. At the end of the day, we all expect to see a brilliant fireworks display which brings an end to our day of celebration.
While most every community has a 4th of July event, some cities go above and beyond the norm to create a special event for all. The best of the best community celebration are listed below.
Washington D.C. - It should come as no surprise the biggest and most glamorous display of our countries independence is in our capital city. 2010 is the 30th anniversary of PBS broadcasting this special display for all to see. No doubt that many will be in attendance for the 234th birthday of our country.
Traverse City, MI - Lake Michigan provides the backdrop to this Independence Day celebration. Combined with a local cherry festival, this event has become world famous as the place to be on the 4th of July. The Blue Angels will provide crowds with excitement as they display their flying skills followed by a majestic fireworks display over Lake Michigan.
Eastport, ME - This five-day celebration which includes BBQ's, boat races, parades, and of course fireworks displays. Being the easternmost city in the United States, it is fitting that such a celebration occurs here. This event is ideal for families to be together and relax in the sun until the daytime and nighttime fireworks displays.
Philidelphia, PA - The Philly celebration is a two-week event that includes concerts, picnics, and parades that only the home of the Liberty Bell could pull off. The Party on the Parkway and a concert in the park are followed by a fantastic fireworks display.
Chicago, Il - This one million person event in Grant Park is actually done on the 3rd of July so that friends and family can spend the 4th together. Also on the 4th of July the Navy Pier celebration is an event for all. People travel from across the country to view this spectacular display.
Alpharetta, GA - The Peach State is well known for its family-oriented activities and 4th of July weekend is no exception. On the Fourth, many head over to Wills Park where the City of Alpharetta’s Recreation and Parks Department offers families a free evening of fun. Activities for children, entertainment and a spectacular firework show top off a weekend of pure Americana.
Vail, CO - Vail’s event-filled Fourth of July celebration, Vail America Days, continues to be a top destination for those looking to celebrate the summer holiday in a fun and safe mountain environment. A full week of activities leads up to the July Fourth celebration with the 38th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout. Highlighting the activities will be the traditional Fourth of July parade on Sunday, beloved by locals and guests alike. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful” and will set the tone for the rest of the day’s celebrations featuring a patriotic concert, Vail Farmers’ Market, and a fireworks display.
Nashville, TN - Nashville’s Music City July 4th “Let Freedom Sing” event is consistently ranked one of the best in the nation. The fireworks take place at Riverfront Park, overlooking the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville and are accompanied by Music City’s best singers and musicians. The festival lasts all day and the free family fun zone will be a hit with younger kids. Live music will be offered beginning in the afternoon and playing through the night.
No matter where you are, you can celebrate the Fourth of July any way you'd like.