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Where's the best city to experience July 4th in the U.S.?

I've heard Boston and D.C. are fun but would love some other ideas. Coming from the UK.
  • An anonymous user
     asked this on June 17, 2011 at 07:33 PM
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If I were coming from the UK and wanting to experience the 4th of July, I would probably head for New York City, New York or Washington, D.C. I'm sure there are many other wonderful places, but New York City really knows how to hold celebrations. They have great fireworks displays and great New Year's Eve celebrations. T.here is probably more history in Washington, D.C. or Boston On a personal side, I no longer attend fireworks live, I prefer to watch them on television. Columbus, Ohio holds fireworks on the 4th of July along with activities for families all day long. Their fireworks are called, "Red, White and Boom". It all depends on whether you want the big city experience or would rather go to a small town for their celebrations. Smaller fireworks and a smaller town experience can be just as rewarding. If you are going with friends, go along with them, wherever they are going and share the experience. If you hate large crowds and heavy traffic, watch it on television and keep changing the channels to see what all is happening in different cities. I hope you have success in making your decision, and welcome to the USA.
  • ppmickey
     answered this on November 22, 2011 at 07:29 PM
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Washington, D.C. definitely puts on a good show, with loads of good viewing spots (http://bit.ly/l6NGOX). I'd recommend watching either from the Arlington side by the Potomac River or going all in and hitting the National Mall. It can get crowded, so get there early plus bring lots of water to stay hydrated. If you're looking for something to do on the Mall during the day, the Smithsonian Folklife festival is a free event with exhibits and performances from cultures around the world. Here's a link with more info about this year's Folklife Festival: http://www.festival.si.edu/
  • Alistair
     answered this on June 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM
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I'll be in Boston this year and looking forward to it. Philly and Colonial Williamsburg also throw great bases. Check out this Away.com article:

http://bit.ly/kwdBbt
  • Pieter
     answered this on June 22, 2011 at 08:04 AM
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New York has some great fireworks displays over the river. The city is normally less crowded as well since most locals head out to the beaches (Hamptons or Jersey shore) for the long weekend. However there's less historical or July 4th specific activities in New York compared to DC or Boston.
  • Pete
     answered this on June 21, 2011 at 09:04 AM
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I definitely vote for DC!
  • traveler
     answered this on February 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
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