Top 5 Best 4th of July Festivals: Holiday Tips for Travel Nurses


By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

July 2, 2019



Top 5 Best 4th of July Festivals

As a traveler, we get to experience some great festivals in a variety of locations.  I have scoured the internet and came up with the 10 BEST cities to enjoy this year’s 4th of July celebrations.  This list is in no particular order.  It’s simply a list of cities and festivals that I found repeatedly during my search.  If you happen to be near one, check it out and give your feedback here.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Today in its 39th year, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular receives over 500,000 visitors from New England and around the globe. Another seven million tune in nationally on the CBS Television Network to view the event live during a one-hour primetime special. While the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is the cornerstone of the organization, Boston 4 Productions is involved in many other well-known Boston events, including Boston’s Family Fireworks on New Year’s Eve on Boston Common.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks:  Ignite the Night
CelebrateIndependence Day by watching The 36th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks—Ignite the Night! This year’s show, displayed over the Hudson between 18th and 43rd Streets, will feature more than 40,000 fireworks expertly synchronized to a dynamic 25-minute score. The show starts at approximately 9 pm. Don’t miss this exhilarating NYC tradition! 

The Central PA 4th Fest: Philadelphia PA
The 4thFest is a daylong, family-oriented, patriotic birthday party held July 4th on the east campus of Penn State University. The 4thFest is organized by central Pennsylvania July 4, Inc., a non-profit organization with an all-volunteer Board and leadership team. Over 500 volunteers and 220 sponsors are dedicated to celebrating America’s independence with fun-filled activities and the best all-volunteer fireworks display in the nation. Volunteers work year-round to plan and organize the activities and events for the July 4th event.

A Capitol Fourth: Washington DC
A CAPITOL FOURTH will kick off the country’s 236th birthday with a musical extravaganza like no other, topped off by the most dazzling display of fireworks anywhere in the nation! The multi-award winning event will air live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network and on NPR member stations nationwide.

 Family 4th at Lake Union: Seattle WA
Since 1988, the Family 4th at Lake Union has been about uniting our community on our nation’s birthday for a unique day of commemoration, and this year the party just got bigger! This year’s event includes several exciting new features encouraging revelers to enjoy attractions around the entirety of Lake Union on Independence Day.

I didn’t feel right without giving an honorable mention to one of my favorite cities.  I haven’t been able to personally attend this celebration but in light of the popularity of many other festivals in this great city, I am certain that it’s worthy of mention:

Go 4th On The River: New Orleans LA
The Navy Band New Orleans performs in venues including the Riverwalk, French Market, and Old U.S. Mint leading up to the Dueling Barges, one of the American Pyrotechnics Association’s “Top 5 Must-See Fireworks Displays in the U.S.” The event is sponsored by the Riverfront Marketing Group. Admission is free.

Have you had an opportunity to enjoy any of these Fourth of July festivals?  Are you going this year?  What was your favorite July 4th festival and why?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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