Across America: Cities That Go All Out To Celebrate July 4th

Every July 4th across America cities go all out to celebrate the nation’s birthday. From Washington, DC to Denver, Nashville to San Francisco, these destinations go all out when it comes to Independence Day parties.



The Mile High City is hopping around the 4th of July with numerous events and fireworks shows. The city kicks of its celebrations on July 3 with its annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park. It features a patriotic concert, light show and fireworks display.  Also on July 3 you can catch a fireworks show with a major league baseball game at Coors Field, which is a favorite annual event for many Denverites. This year the Colorado Rockies are playing the Houston Astros.

On July 4th you can see fireworks in the city from areas around Elitch Gardens Theme & Waterpark, which is located downtown and an old fashioned amusement park still in operation. They put on a big fireworks extravaganza beginning at dusk.

The annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival in the Cherry Creek North dining and shopping district takes place from July 5-7 and features blocks of vendors selling all forms of artwork from paintings to sculpture to jewelry as well as food, drinks and even music, dance and theater performances.

You can also take in a show at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater, which combines amazing acoustics with stunning red rock and mountain views. Blues Traveler plays the venue every July 4th. 

Where to Stay: Kimpton Hotel Born

The Kimpton Born Hotel is adjacent to Denver’s Union Station, which is a Beaux Arts working train station that also houses a number of restaurants and shops in the heart of downtown. The just opened hotel has a modern artsy vibe throughout and the rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows, custom art installations and insanely comfy beds with plenty of pillows.

There are also two chef-driven restaurants and a gym onsite. If you are coming from or going to Denver International Airport, the train departs from Union Station and gets you to the terminal in 40 minutes.

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Music City knows how to put on a show and the 4th of July is one of her best annual parties. Head on down to Lower Broadway to celebrate America’s birthday with live performances and family fun (think climbing walls and waterslides) in the afternoon. This year there will be free performances by Brett Eldredge, Mac McAnally, Jessy Wilson and Dylan Scott.

Then as dusk descends head to the Cumberland Riverfront and Ascend Amphitheater for a spectacular 30-minute long pyrotechnic display that is synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony and patriotic recitations by Barry Scott.

Where to Stay: Holston House Nashville 

Just a few minutes walk from Broadway’s Honky Tonks, the Holston House is an eye-catching meticulously restored 1920s Art Deco boutique property. Even the standard rooms here are quite spacious for a city hotel. And they come with the most delightfully comfortable beds draped in silky sheets and soft duvets. There are also four plush one-bedroom suites and two signature 12th-floor Penthouse Suites that are massive and come with stunning views and catchy decor. 

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San Francisco

San Francisco also puts on quite a party for the July 4th holiday. Head down to Pier 39 in the afternoon to listen to live music starting from 5pm. Then stay for the large fireworks display set off over the bay at around 9.30pm.

Booking a cruise on the bay is our favorite way to experience the dramatic display of pyrotechnics, which are actually fired off from two different locations to give the feel of being all around you. A number of local ferry and boat companies offer 4th of July fireworks cruises. All leave from Fisherman’s Wharf about an hour before the fireworks begin. Reserve in advance as the book up quickly.

Where to Stay: InterContinental San Francisco

In the heart of SOMA and just steps away from San Francisco’s Union Square, where you’ll find top shopping and dining options, the InterContinental San Francisco is a favorite luxury property. Inside a glitzy 32-story building it features shows-topping city views from all directions in the sophisticated rooms and suites. There is also a Michelin-starred restaurant, Luce, onsite and a lobby level bar, Bar 888, known for its grappa. The indoor heated swimming pool is another perk as is the rejuvenating spa. 

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Washington, DC

Celebrating the 4th of July in Washington, DC is a pretty magical, patriotic experience. Every year the city puts on a party on the National Mall with after dark fireworks and some kind of concert experience. In 2019, the party will be held at the Lincoln Memorial.

Entitled Salute to America it will include a major fireworks display, musical entertainment. Held earlier in the day, the America’s National Independence Day Parade winds through the heart of downtown and includes bands, floats, drill teams and military units. 

Where to Stay: Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf

In the hot new Wharf development in SW, the Hyatt House DC Wharf is a good value property in an excellent location. From here it is easy to get to the National Mall and all of DC’s central attractions. And there are plenty of dining and drinking options at The Wharf itself if you don’t want to wander far. The Hyatt House features polished modern rooms with views of the Potomac River. The rooftop bar and swimming pool is a total scene in summer. 

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