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.

 

24 Hours In A City: NYC

24 hours in NYC

Twenty-four hours in New York City is not nearly enough time but, if you find yourself up for a quick adventure, we’ve designed the perfect itinerary to help you make the most of every New York minute.

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8:15AM – WORKOUT AT MODELFIT

RuPaul said it best: You better work. And work like a supermodel you will. modelFit is responsible for sculpting many of the concrete jungle’s top models (and our fave Karlie Kloss). Lucky for you, you have the chance to see what all the hype is about. With an assortment of classes focusing on slower movement and working smaller muscle groups, you are sure to get those model-behavior endorphins flowing. Bonus: First-timers get a special rate, so sign up ahead!

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9:30AM – BREAKFAST AT EGG SHOP Ahhh, the egg sandwich. It’s magical right? Egg Shop owners, Sarah Schneider and Demetri Makoulis, certainly think so, and have combined their love of the egg sando with Chef Nick Korbee’s creativity to take the bedrock breakfast ingredient to so many versatile levels. Like many incredibly good spots in the city, Egg Shop is walk-in only but, if there’s ever a line, it goes quickly! Try the Matcha tea and choose between a sandwich or cruiser (that’s Egg Shop talk for bowl) – our faves include the Spandex, the Scrambler and the Reformer.

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11AM – CHECK OUT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM

Recently relocated from the Upper East Side to a downtown spot next to the High Line, the Whitney Museum has just as much beauty to be viewed on the outside as there is on the inside. Come for the stunning architecture by Renzo Piano, floors of contemporary art and Insta-worthy skyline views. Tickets are $18-22; bring a student ID if you have one.

The Whitney

12:30PM – WALK THE HIGH LINE Want a quick escape from the bustling city streets? Once the New York Central Railway, the High Line was recently converted into an amazing 1.4 mile walkway along the Westside Highway. Check out unique art installations and landscapes in an entirely outdoor setting.

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1:30PM – LUNCH AT RUBY’S

It’s lunchtime and you’re on the border of getting hangry. Thankfully, we’ve got you. Ruby’s is a cash-only Australian café with a menu full of amazing dishes. Get the Whaley’s Burger, which features premium ground beef, tomato, lettuce, beet, pineapple, fried egg and ketchup. (Ed. Note: Just went into a food coma while thinking about it.)

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Blue Bottle Coffee

3PM – GRAB A BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE

But first, coffee. We hear you. Before you jet to your next location stop in to Blue Bottle Coffee to grab a quick pick-me-up. With BBC’s promise to only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster, you are guaranteed to have peak flavor java that will keep you moving throughout your day.Blue Bottle Coffee

5PM – HAPPY HOUR AT TEN DEGREES On top of a huge menu of scotches, whiskeys and bourbons, this Saint Marks bar offers something truly rare in NYC: an epic happy hour with two-for-one drinks from noon to 8 p.m. daily. Fuel up after your long day with a charcuterie plate or some avocado toast from their menu.

8PM – DINNER AT RUBIROSA Located in Little Italy, Rubirosa is known for their authentic Italian, but it’s way more than your average pizza joint. Arguably the best pizza (and pasta) in the city, this cozy hotspot deserves all of its popularity. If forced to choose (yeah, we hate that too), the Vodka Pizza and the Eggplant Parmesan are our go-tos. Dessert you ask? The Flourless Chocolate Cake is to die for.

10PM – DRINKS AT ANGEL’S SHARE Enter the unmarked side door next to East Village Japanese restaurant Village Yokocho and you’ll come across this tiny treasure of a speakeasy with tuxedo’ed bartenders and expertly crafted in-house infusions. It’s got a grownup vibe and strict house rules limiting noise and big groups, but it’s a one-of-a-kind NYC experience.

 

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11:30 – HIT THE FLOOR AT ACME

Acme’s sleek downstairs bar is the perfect place to end the evening – dancing the night away. Resident DJs spin until the wee hours and house cocktails like the Foxy Brown are dangerously good. A dancefloor, DJ, your squad. What more do you need for that natural high that’s worth a million bucks? We promise it’s well worth the hangover.

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FEST REPORT: 5 ON THE RISE

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We kicked off festival season in a big way, totally decked out in fringe, faux suede and frayed denim. We loved spotting celebs like Ashley Greene and Nina Dobrev wearing our clothes at a recent mega-huge music fest, and now we’re taking our bralettes and cutoffs on the road… to more fests!

It’s the perfect time of year for a fresh fest experience that’s a bit more intimate, and regional fests with major acts are rising up all over the country. Here are five we’d like to catch.

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HANGOUT FEST

Gulf Shores, AL • May 20-22

Fest + beach = heaven, and that’s what this rager on the Alabama coastline delivers, along with rap, reggae, electronic, neo soul and a few shots of straight-up rock.

Boston Calling

Boston, MA • May 27-29

Hit the bricks of City Hall Plaza for this young and hungry Memorial Day weekend event. It combines comedy with a lineup that this year includes a couple of stylish artists who straddle the worlds of music and fashion.

Sasquatch!

George, WA • May 27-30

Like amazing sets and stunning vantage points? Try the cliffside stage at this Pacific Northwest treasure. Like Boston Calling, Sasquatch! adds comedy to a music roster with a solid edge.

Nelsonville Music Fest 

Nelsonville, OH • June 2-5

Not too big or too small, this fest in the lush Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio is just right for setting up camp, stopping at the beer garden and taking in a lineup that’s offered everything from indie powerhouses to classic country artists.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago, IL • July 15-17

Pop-folk, hip-hop, Euro punk and other cool genres make up the flavor of this annual fest in Union Park hosted by standout music news site Pitchfork. It doesn’t have the rural charm of Nelsonville but it does have afterparties hosted by clubs around the city.
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