Since the 4th of July falls on a Thursday this year, the travel industry expects that millions of families are likely to go on a family holiday trip this coming weekend. We have some recommendations on where you and your family might want to celebrate Independence Day this year.
This is where the American Revolution began – with the Boston Tea Party. It is a special year since Boston will be celebrating the 40th annual celebration of what is called “Our Nation’s Premiere 4th of July Celebration.” Festivities kicked off on June 28 with Harborfest. This grand celebration features more than 200 events daily for over seven days and is set to showcase the city’s colonial and maritime heritage. The culminating event will be a free concert of local artists at the Esplanade on the banks of the Charles River headlined by the world-famous Boston Pops symphony orchestra. The highlight of the celebration will be the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular fireworks show and will feature an “indoor” pyrotechnics show that will use more than 20,000 pounds of explosives lighting the Boston skyline as the orchestra plays the 1812 Overture.
The nation’s capital is also an appropriate place to celebrate the nation’s independence, needless to say. The Washington landmarks foremost of which is the US Capitol makes for perfect backdrops for the many celebrations in the city. An all-day festival begins with the Independence Day Parade featuring lavish floats, marching bands, drill teams, fife and drum corps and huge balloons. The grand parade is set to begin at the corner of Constitution Ave and 7th Street at 11:45 am. The West Lawn of the Capitol Building will then be the site for a concert where the National Symphony Orchestra is set to perform along with other celebrated artists. The 90-minute concert entitled “A Capitol Fourth” will start at 8:00pm. At the Smithsonian, a National Folklife Festival is set that will feature the different cultures in the Americas along with a variety of ethnic groups. The evening is capped off by the spectacular fireworks display set against the backdrop of the National Mall and its landmarks.
New York City
The Big Apple has big events line up to celebrate July 4th this year. They start early with the Brooklyn Independence Parade happening on June 30. On the 3rd, the New York Philharmonic performs summertime classics at the Lincoln Center. July 4th celebrations in the city are capped by the largest Independence Day fireworks display in the nation which will be broadcast live o NBC-TV. Macy’s will put up six fireworks barges on the Hudson River where over 120,000 fireworks are set to detonate simultaneously. 3 million spectators are expected to view the live show from positions along the river where celebrities the likes of Beyonce, Joss Stone, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi and winners of the American Idol will be performing but many more will be watching NBC’s telecast as Macy’s VIP Grandstands will be filled up by 3,000 invited guests.
4th of July celebrations in Chicago comes highly recommended because the city always has tons of activities that families will enjoy. A fireworks display is always set up at The Navy Pier where music festivals, museum tours and sightseeing tours are added to make the celebrations even grander. Millennium Park will also be filled with songs from the Independence Day Celebration Concert featuring the music of Gershwin, Bernstein and many more.
This California City is home to the “Big Bay Boom” fireworks show starting at 9:00pm and is watched by over 500,000 people annually. Coronado starts the day’s festivities at 10:00am with its annual parade down Orange Avenue. It also hosts a concert at Spreckels Park which starts at 4:00pm. Expect Pacific and Mission beaches to be packed with holiday sunbathers while fun rides and live music can be enjoyed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and at the San Diego County Fair, the great thing is that the drug and alcohol rehab centers in San Diego (http://www.newhorizonrecovery.com/) are very affordable in case of any intoxication during the holidays .
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