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Where Are the Most Epic Fourth of July Celebrations?

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | July 01, 2016

Where Are the Most Epic Fourth of July Celebrations?

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It’s time to honor our nation’s independence once again. Fourth of July is just around the corner and it seems that everyone is gearing up for an epic celebration. 

For those looking for the most epic celebration, CheckMyBus has put together its Fourth of July Epicness Index — taking some of the mystery out of choosing your Independence Day destination. 

They have put together a nifty infographic that lists the cities with the best mix of patriotism, celebrations and affordability, considering a group of factors, including each city’s historic significance, a city’s Fourth of July traditions, fireworks shows, parades, a city’s individual culture and lifestyle and, of course, how much a bus ticket costs to get there. 

Here are the top five cities according to CheckMyBus’ ranking. 

Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capitol came in as the number-one epic spot to celebrate the Fourth of July. In addition to historic monuments, there is the National Independence Day Parade and an amazing fireworks display. Take in the spectacular show from rooftop bars around the city, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial or from across the river in Arlington, among many others. 

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Rich in history and tradition, it makes sense to head to Boston for an epic Fourth of July celebration. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular begins at 8:30 p.m. with a concert and the fireworks take place at 10:30 p.m. at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade


The City of Brotherly Love is probably second only to Washington, D.C., when it comes celebrating our country’s independence. There is a great parade and a jaw-dropping fireworks display in addition to a city steeped in U.S. history and integral in the founding of the nation. 

San Francisco

While the West Coast of the country was just a blip on the radar at the time of the Declaration of Independence, it still has some big time celebrations. The Alameda Independence Day Parade is one of the country’s best. 

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According to CheckMyBus, Nashville snuck into the top five with its amazing fireworks show — known as one of the best in the country. Being that Music City is also going to offer some of the best stage acts in the business probably doesn’t hurt Nashville in the rankings. 

Other cities on the list include New York City where the fireworks display is “yuuuuuge,” New Orleans with Go 4th on the River, Las Vegas, where the pool culture is sure to draw crowds even if it lacks tradition, San Diego’s Big Bay Boom Show and parades at Mount Rushmore.

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