Norfolk, Virginia's Great American Picnic & Fireworks celebration takes place July 4th at Town Point Park on Waterside Drive. You'll spend the night sampling tasty American fare and be treated to a special performance by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band while fireworks dazzle overhead.
Spend the holiday relaxing along the Elizabeth River and admiring the Norfolk city skyline before the fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
Columbia, South Carolina, has plenty of events planned for the week of the Carolina Celebration of Liberty, Lake Murray Patriotic Boat Parade, Torchlight Tattoo and Fireworks at Fort Jackson, and BBQ & Blues at Irmo Community Park.
The Lexington County Peach Festival in Columbia, South Carolina includes a morning parade, more than 1,000 arts and crafts on display, live performances, an antique car parade, and of course, fireworks. Don't miss the chance to chow down on delicious peach ice cream cobbler, teas, and other peachy products.
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The Ashland BalloonFest takes place in Ashland, Ohio, located between Cleveland and Columbus. The event is known for balloon glows at sunset. Balloon Glow Encounter tickets include admission, parking, Pepsi products, and an official BalloonFest souvenir.
Fireworks fans shouldn't miss Red, White & Boom! in Columbus, Ohio, a spectacular display along the city's downtown riverfront area, touted as the biggest in the Midwest. Kick things off with a parade, family-friendly entertainment, and the chance to sample food from the best restaurants in town.
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains, celebrates the 4th of July with the nation's First Independence Day Parade starting at midnight (12:01 a.m.) on July 4th. Join more than 100,000 people as the city celebrates and honors military veterans with a parade, river raft regatta, music festival, and fireworks display.
Don't miss the annual Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival & Fireworks Celebration, this year on July 4th in Boise. You'll get to watch as artists create works of art in front of your eyes, and you can even try it yourself. Anyone is welcomed to draw, expecially little ones in "Chalk Land," a special area just for them.
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This Boise celebration also includes live musical entertainment during the day and a brilliant fireworks display in Ann Morrison Park at night.
If you're looking for a more historical celebration, the state of Virginia is offering several events around the state to mark the holiday. Independence Day celebrations and reenactments at Mount Vernon (pictured here), Monticello, and Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest are not to be missed.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to the Pancakes on the Plaza event, a 4th of July tradition involving live musical performances, a car show, an arts and crafts fair, an evening fireworks show, and what else—pancakes! Proceeds benefit local charities.
Providence, Rhode Island, celebrates the 4th of July with the BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park. Interesting trivia tidbit: George M. Cohan, prolific playwright and composer of patriotic tune "Yankee Doodle Dandy," was born in Providence.
This year's event starts at 7:30 p.m. in India Point Park and features performances by The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra. The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
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Each year, Panama City Beach, Florida, hosts the Star Spangled Spectacular, a massive neighborhood block party that finishes things up that night with a fireworks display at Pier Park.
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Don't miss the 4th of July Picnic, returning in Austin, Texas, at the Circuit of The Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater. This spirited event features performances by country music stars.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, celebrates the holiday with the annual Salute from the Shore flyover, an event where vintage aircraft fly along the coast as a salute to all the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom. Grab a flag, run out to the beach, and wave the pilots on as they pass by at 1 p.m.
Nearby in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, keep an eye out for the annual July 4th Boat Parade, a wonderful tradition where locals and visitors alike deck out their boats and take them out for a spin past the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. Festivities end with awards for best decorations and an impressive fireworks display on the water.
This 4th of July, join more than 100,000 as Bristol, Rhode Island, celebrates its Independence Day. First established back in 1785, the oldest continuous celebration of the 4th of July, which officially started on Flag Day, culminates in a spectacular parade that attracts visitors from all over the U.S. Don't miss it.
The Munroe Dairy marching band plays during Bristol's Fourth of July Parade.
California's Mendocino County is offering several events over 4th of July weekend. Don't miss Willits Frontier Days on July 4th, featuring the longest, continuous rodeo in the state; the world's largest salmon BBQ at Noyo Harbor; and the Village of Mendocino parade.
History buffs will love the Grand July 4th Celebration at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore. You'll get to see cannons firing, watch a parade through Federal Hill, and celebrate the holiday with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, singing, and toasting, starting at 3 p.m.
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Celebrate on Miami Beach with the Fire on the Fourth Festival. Don't miss an impressive fireworks display at 9 p.m. from the North Shore Bandshell on 73rd and Collins Avenue.
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Celebrate the 4th of July on the beach in beautiful South Beach, Miami (come on, look at that water!) On behalf of everyone at Budget Travel, we hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend wherever you are!
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