One of the best weekends of the year for many is of course 4th of July weekend which is this weekend.  Everyone skims their closets and drawers for their best patriotic outfit to represent the greatest country in the world’s Independence Day!  Beaches fill up during the day along the east and west coast, and restaurants usually have super long waits unless you have a previous reservation.  Fireworks are usually the icing on the cake for a fun-filled weekend.  How about being spontaneous this year and trying somewhere new to watch the beautiful light show in the sky you’ve been looking forward to?

I’ve found some really great places for you to try this year!  First of all, being a Jersey* Girl myself, I have to say that the fireworks in Long Branch are a must see.  Their 21st annual Oceanfest starts at 10 am and goes on until 10 pm, after their spectacular fireworks display commences.  For a great dinner, try The Avenue. Here you can enjoy a nice dinner and make your way to the rooftop bar to enjoy drink and watch the fireworks. 

If you’re in Boston* this coming 4th of July, I would suggest getting a good seat for the free Boston Pops Orchestra Concert and fireworks display along the Esplanade at the Charles River.  If still available, try to book a room at The Liberty Hotel, where if preferred, you can view the fireworks display right from your room!  What a perfect hotel name for Independence Day!

If you find yourself to be a lucky soul and enjoying 4th of July weekend in beautiful Key West*, I suggest you hop on the bandwagon for the third annual 4th of July Bar Stroll.  For only $25, you can get drinks at 9 local bars and a collector tee shirt!  I wish I was going to be there for it!  Sunset Water Sports will be offering a dinner cruise for the on-the-water fireworks display from 7:30-10:00.  This is the tropical way to celebrate!

Philadelphia*, home of the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell sure know how to throw a real 4th of July party!  They have a parade, family festival, concert and an unforgettable fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This year the concert features the unique styles of The Roots who will be headlining the show.  The concert will also feature Michael McDonald, Estelle, Earth Wind & Fire, Sara Bareilles and DJ Jazzy Jeff. With a line up like this you’ll be dancing the night away!

Last but not least, the 35th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display in New York City* will be celebrating a few special anniversaries this year.  2011 marks the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and the 235th birthday of the United States.  Fireworks will light up the Hudson River from 20th-55th Street! Make sure to tune into 1010 WINS radio if available to listen to patriotic music in sync with the display. Performers Beyonce and Brad Paisley will help celebrate America’s birthday in the Big Apple for this event.  You can also watch this display from the comfort of your own home on NBC.  

Now that you know some of the best places to catch 4th of July fireworks this year, make sure to book your hotel and restaurant reservations ASAP!  You will not want to miss some of the best displays over America! 

[*Each destination above is linked to some of the best hotels, restaurants, and activities.]
M. Klinger

5/29/2012 03:56:12 pm

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