I recently read an article on Forbes Travel Guide about the country’s most patriotic cities for the Fourth of July. So, which cities made the list? Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Well, yeah … after all, Boston is nicknamed the Cradle of Liberty. From the Boston Tea Party to Faneuil Hall, this is the birthplace of our nation. Philadelphia is home to the iconic Liberty Bell and is also called the Cradle of Liberty and the Birthplace of America. It is the City of Brotherly Love and home to the iconic Philly Cheese Steak. And Washington DC, of course, is home to the White House, the Lincoln Monument, the Washington Monument, the Potomac River, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Smithsonian, and the Capitol Building.
Obviously, the Fourth of July holiday rocks in these historically significant cities. But there are many other uniquely American cities that are also great destinations for your upcoming Independence Day celebration. Here are some more great locations to spend this Fourth of July:
New York, NY — Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Coney Island … this iconic city puts on a spectacular show for the Fourth, including a stunning fireworks display, activities in Central Park, the Revolutionary New York Walking Tour, and the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Chicago, IL — The Windy City is also a classic destination during the Fourth. From the John Hancock Building to the Miracle Mile to the Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, Chicago is charming and picture-perfect. Take a Fourth of July Boat Cruise or take a ride on the Colossal Ferris Wheel.
Colorado Springs, CO — In 1893, a Wellesley College English professor took a train to Colorado Springs to teach a short summer session. Although several sights inspired her along the way, it was atop Pikes Peak that she was inspired to write a poem -- specifically for July Fourth. Her name was Katharine Lee Bates and the poem, thanks to composer Samuel A. Ward, became the song, "America the Beautiful." A city that can inspire such an American classic is an ideal -- and still remarkably beautiful -- city to spend the Fourth of July.
Pocatello, ID -- If you just said, "Wait. What?" It is true -- you may not hear "Fourth of July" and think, "Pocatello!" But this amazing destination is called the Gateway to the Northwest. This historic city is located in the foothills of the inspiring Rocky Mountains. It is also near Yellowstone National Park. As home to the impressive and well-recognized geyser Old Faithful, this is the nation's first National Park and a great place to spend a family-friendly Fourth of July.
Flagstaff, AZ -- Near one of the most legendary features of the American landscape -- the Grand Canyon. What more do you need? Okay, there's also Route 66 and the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. But did I mention the Grand Canyon?
San Francisco, CA -- The gorgeous and iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the elegant Painted Ladies, the cable cars, Fisherman's Warf, and even Alcatraz are all amazing pieces of the American fabric.
Fresno, CA -- Fresno is near Yosemite National Park, one of the country's most-loved national parks. It is also near Sequoia National Park and the Sierra National Forest.
Seattle, WA -- Yes, this classic American city has given us grunge music and great coffee. It is also home to one of the country's most easily-recognizable landmarks, the Space Needle. This city is located on Puget Sound, near the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Theodore Roosevelt established the Mount Olympus National Monument in 1909, and it became a park in 1938.
From the east coast to the west, historic districts, local landmarks, legends, and natural features give us something to celebrate on the upcoming Independence Day, so find a great place to spend the afternoon, learn a little about your home state, and settle back to watch the fireworks.