The premiere holiday in the United States is Independence Day – celebrating July 4, 1776 when the American Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence and in doing so declared their independence from the Great Britain. Here at Flight Centre, we think it'll be great to be in the United States on July 4 to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Many cities and towns host their own celebrations - but here are the most popular places to be on Independence Day.
New York, New York
Macy's is proud to present the 37th Annual 4th of July Fireworks above the Hudson River in New York. Revellers will be wowed by the more than 40,000 fireworks that are synchronized to a 25-minute, specially-selected musical score that includes songs from Rihanna, Frank Sinatra and Jimi Hendrix. This year the show has been curated by mega-star Usher. For the best vantage points, head to 12th Avenue below 59th Street; there are certain access points along 11th Avenue.
The parade through the nation's capital begins at 11.45am and travels down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th street. There are usually hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering on the marching bands, the fife and drum corps, the colourful floats and the invited celebrities. Following the official march, participants attend a PBS Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra in the Capitol Building before everyone has the opportunity of admiring the incredible fireworks display over Washington.
The famous Boston Pops Orchestra entertains the crowds with a mix of patriotic, classical and pop music from the Charles River Esplanade, a beautiful park that stretches along the bank of the Charles River. Dubbed the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, this Boston institution began in 1973 with a rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and is now attended by Americans from all around the country. As well as enjoying the fine music, enthusiasts are also treated to an incredible fireworks display.
Bristol, Rhode Island
Widely acknowledged as the oldest continuous Independence Day Parade in the country, Bristol's Parade began in 1785 when Reverend Henry Wright of the First Congregational Church made the arrangements. Today the parade, which generally attracts around 200,000 people and is called the Fourth of July Military, Civic and Fireman's Parade, begins at 10.30am from the corner of Chestnut and Hope Streets and finishes at High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street.
Las Vegas, Nevada
From the city that is America's party town, it's little wonder that there's a multitude of options for your July 4 celebration. The Las Vegas Philharmonic provide the music from The Smith Centre to accompany a fireworks display that's best viewed from Symphony Park. For enthusiasts keen to dance the night away, there's a great selection of dedicated events to choose from; this year Will.i.am is performing at Surrender Nightclub, while other fashionable clubs include the Encore Beach Club, XS nightclub and Haze Nightclub.