America’s Best Towns for July 4th
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.