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For fireworks, free watermelon, and rich history, plant your flag in one of these festive July 4th towns, approved by T+L readers.

No. 10 (tie) Brunswick, GA

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Folks in this shrimp-loving port town could have celebrated the original July 4th—the Brits established this town in 1771. Today, Brunswick offers free watermelon slices, horseshoe tossing, and fireworks on the 4th at its Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Readers loved the overall historic vibe, including a parade of old homes reflecting Queen Anne, Jacobean, Mansard, and Gothic styles.

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America’s Best Towns for July 4th

No. 10 (tie) Brunswick, GA

Folks in this shrimp-loving port town could have celebrated the original July 4th—the Brits established this town in 1771. Today, Brunswick offers free watermelon slices, horseshoe tossing, and fireworks on the 4th at its Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Readers loved the overall historic vibe, including a parade of old homes reflecting Queen Anne, Jacobean, Mansard, and Gothic styles.

Vote in the America's Favorite Places Survey

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America’s Best Towns for July 4th

The Tillery family has vacationed in Boulder, CO, every summer since 1998. Pat Tillery, a native of Poulsbo, WA, says all three generations love to "see the mountains, walk the trails, and stroll along Boulder Creek. It's idyllic."

 

They particularly love coming here for the 4th of July—and they're not the only ones. T+L readers ranked Boulder as one of the top five places to celebrate the birth of our nation. As part of our America's Favorite Towns survey, readers evaluated hundreds of destinations, from Chatham, MA, to Homer, AK, for qualities like quaint B&Bs, great wine bars, and attractive locals.

The high-ranking towns for July 4th tended to score well in founding-father-friendly categories like charming main streets, parades, and feeling patriotic.

While most offer festivities like watermelon-eating contests, dog parades, or fireworks, other winners just exude enough star-spangled pomp to feel like a trip back in time. In Lambertville, NJ, or New Hope, PA, you can walk the same streets where Washington’s army marched, or eat pizza at the same corner where his troops once camped for the night.

The winning town of Flagstaff, AZ, can't claim any direct ties to 1776, but, like Boulder, makes up for that with more than enough fanfare.

The Tillery family, for instance, watches four fireworks displays each Independence Day, from a perch behind Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium. "It's as if you could reach out and grab the lights," muses Pat Tillery.

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