JULY 4TH DESTINATIONS

5 FOR THE 4TH

Ready to hit the road to celebrate ‘Murica’s 240th bday? These five editor-approved cities around the country are perfect for partying it up on Independence Day. Just don’t forget your sparklers.

America, f*** yeah!: Washington, DC

Washington, DC

DC’s the place to go full-on red, white and blue. The huge fireworks display over National Mall is exactly what you’d expect from the nation’s capital. Check it out from a river cruise on the Potomac or Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Adams Morgan, a whiskey lover’s dream with an epic rooftop bar.

Double your fun: San Francisco, CA

Go twice as hard at San Francisco Bay with two synced firework displays from Pier 39 and the Municipal Pier. Watch from Fisherman’s Wharf or bring a cooler and a flashlight and hop a ferry to Angel Island to get panoramic views with smaller crowds.

A big bang with lots of twang: Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

Plan on Music City to bring the heat. Two downtown stages will host live music from both local and national acts, with Sheryl Crow as the headliner. The Nashville Symphony closes out the 4th with a program that syncs to a solid half-hour of eye-popping fireworks. Ooooh… Ahhhh…

Pier party: Chicago, IL

Navy Pier’s got you this 4th. Catch a ride on the Mystic Blue party cruise, grab some BBQ and brews on the rooftop at Freedom Fest or line up for the 150-foot-high ferris wheel – they’re all on point for catching firecrackers over Lake Michigan.

Historic blowout: Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Get to the Esplanade early to snag a spot on the Charles by the Hatch Shell. Your payoff: live performances by Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Little Big Town, along with unbelievable pyrotechnics set to the Boston Pops. And if you can’t get away for the long weekend, don’t sweat it – Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is being aired live on CBS.

 

CLOSET REVIVAL: GUY’S EDITION

Summer’s here, and some of those warm weather staples could use a refresh. Bring your look up to speed with a few strategic pieces.

The Flight Pant

Jogger lovers, meet your new friend for humidity-soaked days. The flight pant has an easy fit with natural, lightweight construction that feels breezy in the heat. And if you’ve ever struggled with the perfect roll, the hidden button cuffs have you covered.


The Contrast PoloA polo is the perfect polished/casual balance to strike when it’s too hot for a shirt and tie. If the occasion calls for something even classier, pair one with a suit jacket or blazer and clean-finish jeans.



Indigo Blue Button-UpsDeep blues and true indigo dyes are a big deal in button-ups right now. If you wear a lot of black, it’s the perfect time to switch up to something a little lighter.


The Patched BomberSummer isn’t all about lightening up. You’ve got your night games, rainouts and random chilly days in the mix. Take ’em all on with the current champ in men’s outerwear styles.

 

24 HOURS IN A CITY: LA

24 Hours in LA

You hop off the plane at LAX with a dream and 24 hours.  To make the most out of your Golden State scene, we’ve designed the perfect itinerary (outside of spotting celebs in their natural habitat) to take you from dawn ‘til dawn.

8:00AM

Breakfast at Rawberri


Breakfast at RawberriRawberri is every Pinterest girl’s dream: Hanging chairs in the windows, palm leaf wallpaper from floor to ceiling, and a sign that says “Good Vibes Only.” Grab an açaí bowl (naturally dairy and gluten-free) or try CocoWhip, a vegan coconut water-based soft serve, to fuel your day.

9:30AM

Lagree Fitness

Want in on LA locals’ secret to looking so hot? Hint: it’s not Botox. Ok, maybe it is, but if you’re looking for a more natural approach, Lagree Fitness is your answer.  This 50-minute, full-body workout is done on a Megaformer which resembles some sort of torture device but promises to tone and lean the muscles.

11AM 

Hollywood Sign Hike + Griffith Observatory

Hollywood Sign Hike + Griffith Observatory Lace up your tennies and bring your H2O. Take a hike to check out the iconic Hollywood Sign that dates back to 1923. On your way up, swing by the Griffith Observatory (admission is FREE!) for insane A+ views of DTLA. All the Insta likes will make the 4.5-mile trek totally worth it.

1:30PM 

Lunch at King's Road Cafe

This may shock you, but celebrities are just like us – they eat. Gigi Hadid, Vanessa Hudgens and Joe Jonas flock to this neighborhood café for more than just your mediocre lunch. Coffee is notoriously strong, people watching is on point, and the Eggs Benedict is the best we’ve ever had.

4PM 

Drinks at The Bungalow

Drinks at The Bungalow

Cozy leather couches, fire pits, ping pong, and even a hammock – the Bungalow immediately gives you the feeling of being in your friend’s backyard. Get the “Bitchin’ Sangria” because it’s, well, bitchin’ (and boozy).

8PM

Dinner at Laurel Hardware

Dinner at Laurel Hardware

Don’t be fooled by the legit hardware store sign outside – this popular West Hollywood eatery and bar is amazing AF. Snagging a table on the gorgeous patio is an absolute must, and ordering the Lollipop Sprouts is a requirement. Sip on the Bye Felicia (Cruzan Rum, Rum Chata, pineapple, lemon & cinnamon dust) – it’s like vacation in your mouth.

11:00PM 

Karaoke at Blind Dragon

Liquid courage + Whitney Houston lyrics = #snapchatgold. Take the stage at karaoke spot the Blind Dragon and unleash your vocals that are normally reserved for the shower. Not ready for your big break? Sit back and keep watch for A-listers. Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Miley Cyrus have all been spotted here.