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America’s Best Towns for July 4th

America’s Best Towns for July 4th: Amelia Island

Downtown Fernandina, Amelia Island

No. 10 (tie) Amelia Island, FL

This barrier island could have made the Independence Day top 10 for its great tradition of flag-waving—even if, thanks to centuries of explorers and colonizers, it waved the flags of seven nations before settling on the Stars and Stripes. No matter, the 4th here means a free concert in town, and the rest of the weekend includes a Civil War–era reenactment at Fort Clinch. Readers also saluted the town for its B&Bs—like the Williams House, an antebellum mansion—and its commitment to good beer. Sample it for yourself at the Palace Saloon, the self-proclaimed oldest watering hole in Florida, with a bar designed by Adolphus Busch.


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