Top Ten 4th of July Celebrations - Page 2

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New York City, New York
A Big Apple 4th of July  (Ed Yourdon/Flickr)
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Okay, so the U.S. Virgin Islands aren't that accessible for most. But these American islands in the Caribbean bring out the red, white, and blue when they celebrate Emancipation Day on July 3, commemorating the end of the slave trade, and Independence Day on July 4, culminating with a parade on the island of St. John. In July, airfare and hotel prices are much cheaper than peak wintertime rates—and did we mention you'll be partying the night away with rum punch in hand on beautiful white-sand beaches?

5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
It's only fitting that you celebrate America's Independence Day in the city where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were first drafted. Enjoy extended viewing hours for the city's most iconic attraction, the Liberty Bell, and the other historic sites on Independence Mall. Then join in on the free concerts and July 4th parade, which culminates in fireworks above the Philadelphia Museum of Art, whose steps were made famous by Rocky Balboa.

4. Chicago, Illinois
Watch Chicago's July 4 spectacle from Navy Pier, with its own patriotic soundtrack. You can also head to Millennium Park on the 4th for am Independence Day Celebration Concert featuring favorites by Gershwin, Sousa, Bernstein, and others.

3. New York City, New York
It wouldn't be The Big Apple without big events planned for July 4th. If you want to get the festivities started a little early, cheer on the Brooklyn Independence Parade on June 30. On July 3, listen to the New York Philharmonic perform summertime classics at Lincoln Center. On the 4th, Macy's launches more than 80,000 dazzling explosions over the Hudson River, and you can catch the display from rooftops, parks, riverbanks, and boats across the New York City area.

2. Washington, D.C.
With the monuments honoring our founding fathers as the backdrop, Washington, D.C., makes a beautiful place to celebrate the 4th of July. An all-day festival begins before noon with a massive parade featuring floats, bands, and giant balloons on Constitution Avenue. Afterward, find a spot on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building for a concert with special guest performances and the National Symphony Orchestra. End the night with the dazzling fireworks show, lighting up the sky above the iconic Washington Monument.

1. Boston, Massachusetts
Topping off our list is where the American Revolution all began—with the Boston Tea Party. These days, Boston's patriotic festivities kick off June 28 with Harborfest, featuring more than 200 events a day over seven days and showcasing the city's colonial and maritime heritage (and chowder reign). On July 4th, stake out a spot at the Esplanade on the banks of the Charles River to see the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which features a finale fireworks display that uses more than 20,000 pounds of explosives. A tradition since 1973, the Boston Pops symphony orchestra plays the 1812 Overture as fireworks pop, hiss, and explode over the river.

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