Top 10 Independence Day Celebrations in the USA

Whether you choose to spend Independence Day on the beach, a mountain top or in the city, celebrating our Nation's birthday is one of the country's favorite holidays! Here are BBonline's favorite top 10 Independence Day celebrations.

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National Mall

Washington DC 20565

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For those lucky enough to be in the nation's capital when we celebrate the nation's birthday, there are many exciting activities that will keep you busy throughout the whole day including festival runs, military parades, live entertainment and the fireworks on the National Mall. However, in addition to all that, the monuments throughout Washington D.C., take on special meaning on Independence Day.

Statue of Liberty

New York City, NY

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One of the most energetic places to spend the Fourth of July is in New York City. From visiting the Statue of Liberty to One Trade Center to Grand Central Station and Time Square; New York City puts on the red, white and blue for a series of parades, activities and fireworks presentations to delight all ages! For the adventurous at heart, there is a five day Independence Day cruise on the Queen Mary II. If you are planning to attend activities at the Statue of Liberty, it is recommended that tickets are purchased in advanced. Ferry departure locations are at Battery Park and Liberty State Park.

Boston Harborfest

45 School Street
Boston, MA 02108


Photo from Official Boston Harborfest Website

Visitors to Boston should plan to celebrate in Boston Harbor, which hosts one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the city that is known for the historic Boston Tea Party and kick starting the American Revolution. Boston Harborfest is a weeklong celebration in which many of the events are FREE to the general public. Enjoy cruises, children's activities, parades and of course, the fireworks!

Philadelphia July 4th

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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While you are visiting your favorite Philadelphia bed and breakfast on July 4th, come celebrate on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the one of the largest Independence Day parties in the country! The party on Ben Franklin Parkway includes one of the biggest open air concerts that are also FREE to the public. The day long Philadelphia July 4th festivities are situated from 20th Street to Eakins Oval and will include food, interactive activities, live entertainment and so much more!

Mount Rushmore

13000 SD Highway 244
Keystone, SD 57751

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Visitors to their favorite Keystone, South Dakota bed and breakfast on Independence Day are in for a day filled with activities that will celebrate the occasion at a national treasure, Mount Rushmore. From the Avenue of Flags, up the Presidential Trail to the spectacular mountainside carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln; there will be activities for all ages on July 3rd and Independence Day! Admission to Mount Rushmore National Park is FREE to the public; however cars, RVs and motorcycles are charged $11 per vehicle.

Gatlinburg Tennessee

Light #1 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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The 4th of July Midnight Parade in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is credited with being the first parade honoring Independence Day, as the parades begin at exactly 12a.m. 100,000 plus visitors journey to Gatlinburg each year to catch a glimpse of the bright and colorful floats, the lights and to listen to live music. After a few hours of rest at your favorite Gatlinburg bed and breakfast, get ready for a full day of activities. At noon on July 4th, the River Raft Regatta offers a fun race from the River Terrace Bridge to the Ripley's Aquarium. After dark, a spectacular fireworks display brings the celebration to a close.

Stone Mountain

1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

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If you are spending Independence Day at a Stone Mountain, Georgia bed and breakfast, you will not want to miss the Fantastic Fourth Celebration as well as spend the day in the park enjoying fun activities for the whole family! Day time activities include the park, mini golf and live entertainment, while night time includes a special military presentation, laser light show and fireworks display. Special hours for the day are from 10:00a.m. to 10:30p.m.

Go 4th on the River

French Market to Riverwalk Marketplace
New Orleans, LA

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Go 4th on the River presents Independence Day in a style that only New Orleans can exhibit! Featuring a dueling barges fireworks spectacular, the celebration in New Orleans is grand. Ranked as one of the top five fireworks presentations in the U.S., in New Orleans they go all out for our Nation's birthday. Visitors will enjoy the sounds of the Navy Band New Orleans as well as the Brass Quintet and Brass Band. The streets will be filled with historical exhibits from the World War II Museum, and more just a short distance from your New Orleans bed and breakfast.

La Jolla by the Sea

Coast Blvd
La Jolla, CA92037

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On Independence Day, La Jolla, California bed and breakfast guests will have the chance to participate in and observe almost every outdoor activity under the sun! From kayaking to volleyball and other water sports; thousands of people flock to La Jolla beaches and cliffs to soak it all in. In the evening, the masses move to the Elizabeth Browning Scripps Park for La Jolla by the Sea fireworks.

Freedom Over Texas

Eleanor Tinsley Park
500 Allen Parkway
Houston TX 77002

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Freedom Over Texas presents the perfect outdoor patriotic celebration! A military parade and presentation that includes all five branches of service; activities to create care packages for honoring the troops as well as military artifacts, are all in keeping with the theme . Food and beverage vendors, children's crafts and activities, live entertainment and fireworks will round out the event. If you are planning to be in Houston at your favorite bed and breakfast during Independence Day, put Freedom over Texas on your list of things to do!