Creative proposals for July 4th, from mini-cruises to the oldest parade in the country


Now that you’re (hopefully) more comfortable traveling, here are some Independence Day ideas that reflect true Americana. Enjoy that Fourth of July Vacation wherever you party and be safe.

South Dakota

From the Black Hills to the Missouri River and beyond, celebrate Independence Day with adventures the whole family can explore. Travelers can fly to Rapid City Regional Airport and watch the city light up the night sky with the official fireworks display and a free walking tour of the City of Presidents.

Fast city: The “Gateway to the Black Hills” Fast city is the website for iconic landmarks including Mount Rushmore National Monument and Crazy Horse Monument, as well as the Old Time Country Fourth Celebration in Custer State Park.

Aberdeen: At the Wylie Park Fourth of July Celebration in Aberdeen, the family can enjoy mini golf, go-karts, pedal boats, canoes and more, and end the day with a performance by the Aberdeen Municipal Band and fireworks at dusk.

Sioux Falls: Celebrate America in South Dakota’s largest city with the Fun Run / Walk 5K at Falls Overlook Cafe, a parade on Phillips Avenue, and a picnic on the north side of Falls Park – where the first 3,000 attendees can enjoy a free lunch, followed by live music and entertainment.

You can end the day at the WHLyon Fairgrounds with a performance by the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, a POET Ethanol Powered Vanguard Flyover, and fireworks.


America’s Birthplace on America’s Birthday! After a year of limited celebrations, travelers can visit Philadelphia’The most important historical sites, such as Independence Hall and Congress Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center,

Fitler Club features views of the July 4th fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The club is within walking distance of many attractions, allowing travelers to celebrate the nation’s history all month long.

City Tours – New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, Newport Beach and Marina Del Rey

City tours offers water-based dining, sightseeing, private charter and transportation experiences in 22 destinations in the US, Canada and the UK. Passengers can end the day with brunch and dinner offers with an unobstructed view of the skyline and fireworks on the water. Specific offers include:

California: Boat trips in Newport Beach, Marina Del Rey, or San Diego offer a brunch buffet with all-you-can-drink mimosa and juice. Families can enjoy a special evening buffet and experience the golden hour of fireworks.

Philadelphia: The experience includes a two-hour lunch, onboard entertainment, and a guaranteed table for your party size giant jenga and tabletop shuffleboard.

New York: The two-hour brunch includes curated live piano music. If you’d like to see Macy’s iconic fireworks, book the five-hour dinner cruise.

Sea Island, Georgia

Independence Day at the Forbes Five Star Resort, Sea island starts decorating bicycles at the Parade Decorating Party and then joins the annual parade on Sea Island Drive: decorated carts, vintage cars, bicycles, tricycles, golf carts and strollers, people dressed up as Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty, and flag-waving revelers.

Sea Island lights up the night sky with kaleidoscopic fireworks. The luxurious Monastery on Sea Island overlooks the southern salt marshes and is steps away from almost all of the resort’s activities.

Bristol, Rhode Island

Boobs Nickname is “America’s Most Patriotic City”. The city is home to the country’s oldest July 4th parade, inaugurated in 1785 and seen by over 200,000 people from around the world each year. The popular tradition starts on Flag Day and ends on Independence Day.

The nautical theme Bristol Harbor Inn, in the historic downtown area, offers coastal charm and boutique elegance.

Burlington, Vermont

Burlingtons Independence Day features family-friendly waterfront celebrations that culminate in fireworks over Lake Champlain. The celebrations take place on July 3rd, so families and friends have more time for small gatherings on actual Independence Day.

The Hotel Vermont Located on Church Street in downtown Burlington, it offers rustic but modern accommodations, local artwork, and numerous Vermont partnerships.


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