The 10 Best Fourth of July Weekend Getaways
It's not too late for an impromptu vacay to one of these patriotic destinations!
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It’s Time for Fireworks
The Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to get away with family and explore a new locale. Whether your crew loves the outdoors or prefers the hustle of a city, we’ve rounded up some getaway options that will satisfy any kind of traveler. The main thing they all have in common? Fireworks displays, of course! Check out the options below, and have a safe and happy Fourth!
Yellowstone National Park
Celebrate the Fourth outdoors in Yellowstone National Park. In addition to outdoor activities in downtown west Yellowstone and nearby Bozeman, Montana, both locations host stunning fireworks shows. For a fully immersive Fourth of July experience, take the family glamping at Under Canvas. The campsite, which is located near Yellowstone National Park, will set up face painting, a s’mores bar and host competitive game nights for guests.
If you have kids, Disney World is always a top choice. Check out the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort, which is situated on a gorgeous lake and offers tennis, beach volleyball and swimming pools that are sure to keep the entire family entertained. Epcot’s firework display can be viewed from the on-property bridge as well as select guest rooms.
What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than in its capital? After you check out the monuments, fireworks and festivities, head over to The Wharf for fun on the water! The InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf is the perfect place to stay to situate yourself right in the middle of the action.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Beaver Creek is a perfect, quaint mountain town. It offers shopping, dining and outdoor activities—not to mention stunning views of the Rockies. The Pines Lodge, A RockResort offers stunning mountain views and accommodations. For the Fourth of July, the town will host a huge fireworks show and festival features music, crafts and activities for the entire family.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Lake Tahoe’s Lights on the Lake. The Edgewood Tahoe offers a stunning view of the show and sparkling lake, as well as luxury lodging and delicious eats. Of course, the area also offers plenty of hiking and water-based outdoor activities that are sure to be a hit with everyone in your group.
Amelia Island, Florida
While the entire island town is gorgeous and worth exploring, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will be hosting a day full of Fourth of July activities. They will have lots of grilling, including steaks, beer can chicken and delectable fresh seafood, as well as music and dancing. They will also have a dazzling fireworks show to wrap up the perfect evening.
If you want to take in the fireworks while gazing at the Hollywood sign, the Dream Hollywood is the place to do it. In addition to having delicious food and drinks, the rooftop lounge area, called The Highlight Room, boasts 11,000 square feet of rooftop space. You’ll be able to kick back and see the fireworks from both the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and the Hollywood Bowl.
You may already know that Scottsdale, Arizona, has become quite the party destination—and the Fourth of July celebration will be no exception. Hotel Valley Ho will be hosting a pool party, as well live music at the on-site ZuZu Lounge. Scottsdale is also hosting multiple fireworks displays, so take your pick!
San Diego, California
If you’re looking for a place to spend the Fourth of July that’s near the water, look no further than San Diego. The city puts on a spectacular firework show over the water! The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa even has its own private pier from which guests can enjoy the fireworks and all of the accompanying food, fun and festivities.
Spend your Fourth of July jamming out in Music City. In addition to hosting free concerts like the Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4 celebration, the city hosts one of the nation’s biggest fireworks displays, which syncs up with a live performance from the Nashville Symphony. The Bobby Hotel will be hosting a huge rooftop party that’s free for guests and includes drinks, bites, a champagne toast and a stunning view of the fireworks.