Fourth of July Celebration Photos to Get You Planning a Patriotic Summer Vacation
Some might say that the best holidays come during the summer (the ability to eat potato salad on a blanket in the park is key), and it doesn't get much more festive stateside than during Fourth of July weekend. Come Independence Day, fireworks stands, watermelon slices, and bunting are ubiquitous. Parades blare through the streets, day-drinking is standard, and the hot dogs are plentiful. July 4 events span family-friendly fare (bike parades! fireworks displays!) and good old-fashioned debauchery.
While it's great to spend the holiday in your hometown, there's plenty of reasons to consider a full-fledged July 4 vacation. Washington, D.C., for instance, has a string patriotic celebrations to make our Founding Fathers proud. New York hosts the largest fireworks show in the continental U.S., as well as a hot dog-eating contest on the beach.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
Fireworks at San Diego Del Mar Park
4th of July Parade in Washington, D.C.
The Licoln Memorial Fourth of July Fireworks
Fireworks Stand on Route 29 in Virginia
The Washington, D.C. Capitol Building
Balloons Around the U.S. Capitol Building
Enjoying a Sunset Fireworks Show
Skydiving with the American Flag
The July 4th Rock Hall Parade in Maryland
A Fourth of July Evening in Ocean City
The Fort Meade Independence Celebration
The Camp Casey Fireworks in South Korea
The Statue of Liberty on Independence Day
A New York City Sunset on the Fourth of July
Seaside's 65th Independence Day Parade of Champions
A 4th of July Scene in Maine, 1979
The Brooklyn Bridge During a Fireworks Show
Disney World Fourth of July Fireworks Show
The Independence Day Celebration at Gasworks Park in Seattle
Fireworks on the Beach
Fourth of July Dog Parade
Fireworks Show Finale
A Scene from Dale City, Virginia's July 4th Parade
America in Sparklers Independence Day Celebration
Fourth of July Children Parade
Chalk Illustrations on the Fourth of July
American Flags in Boston
American Flag Fruit Cake