• Best places to celebrate July 4 this year

    2013-06-20

    The Fourth of July is one of the few truly unique American holidays, so it should come as no surprise that many people like to travel for the occasion. There are undoubtedly hundreds of cities across the country that are well-suited for an Independence Day excursion, but some destinations in particular ooze American history, are perfect for catching a fireworks display or are a hub of activity. Here are a few of the best cities for a July 4 celebration:

    Coney Island
    Being anywhere in New York City is likely to be a good time during Fourth of July celebrations. After all, the Big Apple is teeming with history and activity, so it won't be hard to find something exciting to do. However, Coney Island may be your best bet. Most notably, Coney Island is home to the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest - a staple since 1916 - where you can see some of the most impressive competitive eaters at their best. Of course, there's more to the island than the hot dog eating contest, and it also offers one of the best fireworks displays around.

    Addison, Texas
    Although Coney Island's fireworks display is certainly impressive, it's nothing compared to what goes on in the small town of Addison, Texas. It's home to only about 13,000 people, but that all changes come Independence Day. The town puts on a famous 30-minute show that attracts an estimated 500,000 visitors each year, according to The Huffington Post. In fact, the display gets kicked off with an air-show - how can you top that?

    New Orleans
    Cities that played an critical role in America's independence - Boston and Philadelphia, just to name a couple - are certainly good choices for a Fourth of July trip, but the Big Easy is hard to top. It's almost always a celebration in New Orleans, but that gets taken to the next level on July 4. Though the day ends with a spectacular fireworks show over the Mississippi River, there are events throughout the holiday that are just as worthwhile. Whether it's attending one of the city's many concerts or stopping by the Mandeville Seafood Festival, spending Independence Day in New Orleans is sure to be an event you won't soon forget.

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