Best Places to Spend Last-minute 4th of July Vacation

Don’t get stuck spending a ho-hum 4th of July at home. Celebrate in a new place! A 4th of July vacation may just provide the break everyone needs to recharge and relax. To help decide where to go, we rounded up five cities known for exciting Independence Day celebrations.

4th of July Vacation Destinations: 5 Places to Go

Boston, Massachusetts

Its Revolutionary War history and millions of visitors help make this the largest Fourth of July festival in the U.S. The holiday kicks off with Boston Harborfest, a multiday event packed full of activities, fun and entertainment. On the fourth, hear the Declaration of Independance read live, see the Boston Pops, and watch the parade and fireworks.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Nosh on tangy Southern barbecue and other local goodies while watching the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade. Afterwards, wait for the fireworks to start at dusk. The popular Boardwalk at the Beach also hosts a fireworks show, or check out decorated carts during the annual Pawley’s Island Golf Cart Parade.

Charleston, South Carolina

Named one of the top 5 Independence Day celebrations by the New York Times, Charleston’s Blast at Patriots Point kicks off with a festival at 4 p.m. Enjoy live music, food and a Kidz Zone. Set to patriotic music, the fireworks display over the harbor begins at sundown. For an unforgettable experience,  get seats on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Nearly 100,000 visitors flock to downtown Gatlinburg for the Fourth of July Midnight Parade. After the event, rest up and prepare to come back for the annual River Raft Regatta, free concert and fireworks show. For over 40 years, this mountain town has celebrated July 4th in style.

San Diego, California

San Diego’s four barges prepare for Big Bay Boom, one of the country’s most dazzling pyrotechnic displays. Take a picnic and stake out a spot on the beach early, and enjoy the fireworks at 9 p.m. Top viewing spots include Seaport Village, Coronado Ferry Landing, Harbor Island and Shelter Island. Those with boats may also want to head out, bring dinner and enjoy the show.

These are just a few of the top 4th of July vacation destinations. Read more July 4th destinations by Travel and Leisure. Then search for available vacation rentals in these cities.