The most patriotic weekend of the year is just around the corner! Cities and towns across the U.S. will be bringing out the red, white, and blue to toast our independence and spend quality time with family and friends.
If you’re on the road or looking for a reason to road trip, this weekend is the ideal time to take in the best that America has to offer. From dazzling fireworks displays and colorful parades, to toe-tapping concerts and good old fashioned fun, discover 6 amazing places to celebrate the nation’s 240th birthday.
1) New Orleans, LA
Although the good times keep rolling year-round in the Big Easy, its 4th of July celebrations are some of the best in the country. Marvel at one of the American Pyrotechnics Association’s “Top Five Must-See Fireworks Displays in the U.S.” over the Mississippi River and dance the night away at the many jazz bars in the French Quarter.
2) Philadelphia, PA
Where better to ring in the 4th than the birthplace of the nation? Perfect for history buffs, channel our founding fathers at Independence Hall and discover the many significant firsts in American history including the first library, Capitol, and zoo. The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert is one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country and features performances by many celebrities that call Philly home.
3) Ashland, OH
You’ll see a lot more than fireworks in the skies from June 30th to July 2nd! Home to the Ashland Balloonfest, watch as dozens of hot air balloons take off to make for a colorful weekend of family fun. If you’re still searching for a light show at night, it’s a quick drive down to Columbus for Red, White and BOOM!, the largest fireworks display in the Midwest.
4) Austin, TX
For country music lovers, this is the place to be on July 4th! Dust off those cowboy boots and celebrate with one of the genre’s most enduring icons at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. With two stages and over 20 of the best country music acts, this amazing outdoor concert will be one to write home about!
5) Flagstaff, AZ
Rated #1 among “America’s Best Towns for July 4th” by Travel + Leisure, Flagstaff offers a classic Independence Day experience. Enjoy an exciting parade through downtown, relax under ponderosa pines to the sounds of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and lay out your picnic provisions for Lights on the Lawn at the Continental Country Club. For adventure seekers, the Grand Canyon is just a short drive away.
6) Washington, DC
What a capital idea! Experience a 4th of July like no other in Washington, DC. Keep an eye out for VIPs at the National Independence Day Parade, take in a free concert at the U.S. Capitol building, and pay tribute America’s presidents and the National Portrait Gallery. A world-class fireworks display over the National Mall caps off an unforgettable July 4th weekend.
Now that you’ve got some inspiration for a great American adventure, it’s time to plan your trip! Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties along your route for affordable accommodations this 4th of July weekend.