Best Hotels for July 4th Fireworks
Get the best
view of Independence Day fireworks at these great American hotels, from Boston
to San Diego.
“We have the
best view ever,” says Pat Barbarich, a New Jersey real
estate broker and grandmother of two. The head count for her and husband Dave’s
family party in the hotel’s Milton Hershey Suite now stands at 24. The best
part? “Sitting where we do, it looks like the fireworks are shooting right at
municipal budget cuts mean that cities around the nation—from Palm Springs, CA, to Jones Beach on NY’s Long Island—are shuttering their shows (the average July 4th show price tag tops $100,000).
So folks determined to oooh and aaaah may now have to travel to find their
Technicolor dream sky. And if you’re going to book a hotel, why not choose one
with an amazing vista?
So Travel +
Leisure scoured the country looking for the best hotels to watch fireworks.
And we uncovered 11 with a high “boom-boom factor”—that is, properties where
the rooms, the rooftop bars, and even the gym may have picture-perfect
Some of these
hot spots roll their primo seats into packages. The W
Hotel in Washington,
D.C., for example, offers a Boom with a View package, which includes
concert tickets to its own rooftop concert before the big show over the
National Mall, for $619 (price tag for a room alone: $249).
But hotels don’t
necessarily add on high-cost bells and whistles. In hilly cities like San Francisco,
where great views abound, prices across the board are reasonable (always ask
for a Bay-facing room). And a few spots across the country even charge less
over the holiday weekend—largesse that we attribute to good ol’ patriotic
affordable spots with great views are likely to get booked up fast. So we’ve
also searched for hotels where you can just snag a stool and order a
beer—sometimes, the sky-scraping bar is the best place to be for the big show
(and since bars don’t take reservations, the early bird gets the perch).
Plenty of these
hotels just have great views, no matter when you visit. In Austin, the
pyrotechnic-friendly perches at the Hyatt
Regency also offer front-row seats for the legendary nightly ascent of the
one-million-plus Mexican bats from the Congress Avenue Bridge. Sure, those bats
don’t come in red, white, or blue, but we’ll take any excuse to kick back and
enjoy a summer sky.