6 Incredible Destinations for 4th of July Celebrations

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.

Things To Do in Virginia Beach this Summer

Virginia Beach is a wonderful summer vacation destination, offering a mix of activity and relaxation for families, couples, or solo travelers. From leisurely days on the beach, to art installations, tours and sightseeing, and upbeat dining and live entertainment options, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Virginia Beach.

Start with these 5 must-see and do’s in Virginia Beach to get your summer vacation planning underway!

1) Visit the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) offers visitors the chance to explore some of the most significant art of our time. Here you’ll discover regularly changing exhibitions featuring painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from acclaimed artists around the world.

Spend an afternoon meandering through these mighty works of art— you’ll be glad you did!

2) Rent a bike and explore Virginia Beach on two wheels!

A unique alternative to traditional sightseeing, embark on a guided bicycle tour of Virginia Beach. Beach Bike Tours offers a leisurely tour through Virginia Beach, heading off the boardwalk past beautiful homes and gardens, and into First Landing State Park. On this tour you can walk a labyrinth, explore a bamboo forest, discover a meditation garden, hear the history of the Cavalier Hotel, and more. 

Prefer to do things at your own pace? No problem! Rent a bike or some rollerblades from Cherie’s Bike & Blade Rentals — Virginia Beach’s oldest and largest rental company.

3) Check out Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Established in 1938, this 8,000-acre fresh water refuge is a must-see! The barrier islands are full of large sand dunes, maritime forests, freshwater marshes, ponds, ocean beach, and plenty of impoundments for wintering wildfowl. The spectacular habitats of the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge can be accessed via marsh trails, a boardwalk overlook, and from the beach itself.

4) See what’s happening at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts regularly hosts the Virginia Symphony, as well as opera, ballet, Broadway productions, and other renowned performing arts in its 1,200-seat venue. Be sure to check out their event calendar to see what’s coming up!

5) Meet dozens of marine animals at the Virginia Aquarium.

Don’t miss the chance to explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and animal habitats in the country! The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, a National Geographic 3D Theater, programs and activities for kids, an adventure park including zip lining, and much more.

And after you’ve enjoyed all the city has to offer, enjoy a budget-friendly stay at our extended stay accommodation in Virginia Beach!

For more ideas on what to see and do in Virginia Beach, check out the Guide tab on the page linked above.