Fun Across the Nation

fireworks-events-608x400-2 Summer is here and the season’s activities are in full swing. With Independence Day just around the corner, we’ve got the low-down on some of the nation’s best festivities. From fireworks to festivals, you’ll find the perfect event to celebrate our nation’s heritage.

Check out these awesome Fourth of July happenings to see what’s near you this year:

 

California

Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration July 4, 2017 Pismo Beach Area Pismo Beach is one of California’s most beautiful Central Coast cities and a great place to spend the Fourth of July. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and carries on throughout the day with live music, delicious food, and arts and crafts for sale along the beach. To round out the day, you can witness a stunning California sunset over the ocean before the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Nearby Resorts

Rancho Cordova 4th of July Celebration July 3-4, 2017 Sacramento Area A signature community event, Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration is packed with activities. Enjoy live music as you explore the city’s carnival, filled with food, games, and more. Kids are welcome too, with a dedicated Kids Zone and petting zoo. Adults can beat the heat and unwind at a festive beer garden. And don’t forget the fireworks! Both nights feature spectacular displays at 9:30 p.m. Nearby Resorts

Colorado

Independence Eve July 3, 2017 Denver Area Enjoy the Fourth of July in the Mile High City. Denver’s Independence Eve celebration takes place a day before the holiday, giving you time to explore multiple activities. The event includes a live concert and light show, culminating in a beautiful fireworks finale. Festivities kick off at 8 p.m. in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. Nearby Resorts

Texas

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic July 4, 2017 Austin Area This concert line-up is a dream come true for country music lovers. Headlining the festival is the legendary Willie Nelson, joined by a number of other artists including Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow, and more. Tickets need to be purchased for this one, but it will be a holiday to remember. H-E-B Symphony: 4th of July Concert & Fireworks July 4, 2017 Austin Area The biggest Independence Day Celebration in the Lone Star State! This free event is held at Vic Mathias Shores, with an Austin Symphony Orchestra concert beginning at 8:30 p.m. When dusk arrives, attendees can witness a brilliant fireworks show over the city skyline. Nearby Resorts

Kaboom Town July 3, 2017 Addison Area This spectacular north Texas fireworks show is one of the best in the nation and it comes with a variety of activities to accompany it. Families can enjoy a carnival, with games and face painting that are sure to entertain children. Of course, the biggest attraction is the fireworks show, which begins at dusk and makes for a display you won’t forget. Nearby Resorts

Florida

Clearwater Celebrates America July 4, 2017 Clearwater Area Florida is a getaway any time of year. This summer, those in the Tampa Bay area can check out Clearwater Celebrates America. A free, family-friendly celebration, this event begins at 7:30 p.m. with live music, lots of activities, and plenty of food and drink options. The night finishes with a stunning fireworks show over the bay. Nearby Resorts

Independence Day at Walt Disney World July 3-4, 2017 Orlando Area As American as apple pie, Disney World hosts one of Orlando’s best fireworks shows. Brilliant sparks will light up the sky above Cinderella Castle in a celebration that the family will never forget. With shows available on July 3-4, you can choose when you celebrate! Fireworks at the Fountain July 4, 2017 Orlando Area Located at beautiful Lake Eola Park, Fireworks at the Fountain is a free event that begins at 4 p.m. with children’s activities and live music by the Orlando Concert Band. Families can stretch out on the lawn and enjoy a beautiful fireworks show over the lake. Nearby Resorts

4th of July at Naples July 4, 2017 Naples Area Known for its beautiful beaches, Naples is a premier destination for Independence Day. The fun starts with a parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Naples, winding through the city streets. As the day comes to an end, the city conducts a fantastic fireworks display over the ocean. Attendees can choose their oceanside viewing spot, as the show can be seen all along Naples Beach. Nearby Resorts

Maryland

July 4th Concert and Fireworks on the Beach July 4, 2017 Ocean City Area Enjoy the Atlantic Coast with Ocean City’s Independence Day festivities. This popular seaside town is hosting a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks on the beach. Visitors can see the show from the city’s signature boardwalk to Fenwick Island, ensuring spectacular views without the large crowds. Nearby Resorts

Massachusetts

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular July 3-4, 2017 Boston Area One of the best shows in New England, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is an event you won’t want to miss. The event includes performances from Andy Grammer, Melissa Etheridge, and Leslie Odom Jr., a line-up sure to satisfy any taste. The highlight of the night is a dazzling fireworks show along the Charles River. If music excites you more than fireworks, stop by on July 3, when the city is holding a concert-only rehearsal show. Nearby Resorts

New Jersey

Cape May Independence Day Events July 1-4, 2017 Cape May Area Cape May is a beautiful place to spend the summer, and the seaside city has plenty happening for Independence Day. The festivities kick off on July 1 with an Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m. Brush up on your history on July 2 with a celebration at Historic Cold Spring Village. And don’t forget about the holiday! The Fourth of July will feature Cape May’s extraordinary fireworks show over the ocean. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views from Cape May’s pristine beaches. Ocean City Fourth of July Celebration July 4, 2017 Ocean City Area Bask in the boardwalk festivities. Ocean City’s vibrant energy is sure to provide an exciting Independence Day. The city hosts an annual kite flying competition at 6 p.m., a unique activity that will set your vacation apart. A fireworks show over the boardwalk finishes the evening at 9 p.m. Nearby Resorts

New York

Saratoga’s All-American Celebration July 3-4, 2017 Saratoga Springs Area Step back in time with Saratoga’s All-American Celebration. The fun begins on July 3 with a children’s picnic lunch at the Children’s Museum, complete with a visit from Ben Franklin! July 4 is an action-packed day with fun for the whole family. Support local business in the town’s annual sidewalk sale, or grab a bite during the BBQ and Dessert Fest. After you’ve partaken in the afternoon’s excitement, settle in for fireworks and patriotic music at Congress Park, closing out the night at 9:30 p.m. Nearby Resorts

Pennsylvania

WaWa Welcome America! June 29-July 4, 2017 Philadelphia Area The birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia doesn’t hold back in its celebration of Independence Day. The festival begins on June 29 with Free Museum Day at multiple museums throughout the city. Continue the fun each day with movies in the park, public performances, and more. The action culminates on the Fourth of July, when you can explore Independence Mall before hearing a concert from Mary J. Blige at 7 p.m. The night ends in a grand finale of two fireworks shows that will light up the City of Brotherly Love. Nearby Resorts

Michigan

Petoskey 4th of July Fireworks July 4, 2017 Petoskey Area Spend this Fourth of July in the Mitten State! Petoskey is a gem on Michigan’s West Coast, with a parade at 6 p.m. through downtown. The festivities flow to Bayfront Park, where live music will entertain visitors until fireworks are set off over Little Traverse Bay at dusk. Nearby Resorts

Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks July 4, 2017 Grand Haven Area Another of Michigan’s west coast cities, Grand Haven holds a spectacular fireworks display. The city is distinct for its Musical Fountain, the largest of its kind and formerly the world’s largest fountain. The city will hold a dazzling light show paired with music, followed by a fireworks show that will light up the sky. Nearby Resorts

 

Now that you have some ideas, it’s time to start exploring! Whether you’re close to home or on a getaway vacation, you can enjoy the best of the Fourth of July fun.

 

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