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
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
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
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.