7 Independence Day Celebrations You Won’t Want to Miss

Posted on Jun 28 2013 - 9:37pm by Jessica Johnson


Looking for fun Independence Day activities and events for the whole family this year? Chances are, a city or community near you will be celebrating this Fourth of July with not-to-be-missed events, such as parades, good food, music, and a if you’re lucky, an eye-popping display of fireworks.

But if staying home feels like a drag, it’s not too late to go some place where they really know how to throw a party. Maybe one of our nation’s best celebrations will be just the one for you!

#1. Bristol 4th of July, Bristol, RI

Hats off to the amazing folks in Bristol, Rhode Island, and their Annual 4th of July Celebration still going strong after 228 years! Wow! Not only is it “the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States,” Bristol’s Independence Day activities and events run for a whopping 21 days, starting with Flag Day on June 14th. Yes, June 14th has come and gone. But it’s never too late to join the party, play old fashion games, run a foot race, go to a concert, a carnival, or even a Fourth of July Ball.

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 #2. Welcome America Festival, Philadelphia, PA

If you haven’t yet visited Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed), then a trip to Philadelphia is probably long overdue. Not only are the folks in Philly hosting a week of events and activities, they are also putting on the “Largest Free Concert in America,” featuring mega-hot talent such as The Roots, Jill Scott, John Mayer, Demi Lovato, Ben Taylor, and more.  And while you’re in the neighborhood, don’t miss the Fourth of July Parade that marches through historic Philadelphia.


#3. Disney’s Celebrate America, Disney World, Orlando, FL

For a grand firework extravaganza, the Magic Kingdom just might be one the best spots on Earth. Every night, for an entire week (July 1-7), they’ll be shooting colorful rockets into the night air for “A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” Patriotic music and historic characters will join the festivities, along with Pluto, Goofy, and the other Disney stars. Sounds fun and entertaining for the whole family.

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#4. Red, White, and Boom, Columbus, OH

For a good ole’ Midwestern celebration, get on over to Columbus, Ohio for Independence Dayfun and events. On July 3-4, visitors and residents can head downtown to enjoy good food, music, kids activities, a parade, and a spectacular firework show. Check out the Red, White, and Boom website for more information.

#5. Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, Fort Worth, TX

Country music fans may want to mosey on down to the Fort Worth stockyards for “Willie’s Picnic”—an outdoor music concert.  Willie’s all-star line up will perform on two stages this year and will feature musical greats like Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, Jody Nix, Ray Price, and more. Stop by the “Willie’s Picnic” website for a complete list of performers, stages, and times.

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#6. America’s Freedom Festival, Provo, UT

Head to Utah this Independence Day to take in Utah County’s three-day festival, and their premiere fireworks show, Stadium of Fire. It’s “one of the biggest Fourth of July fireworks productions in the country.” Of course, there are other activities you won’t want to miss, like the Freedom Run, a Children’s Parade, the Grand Parade, the Freedom Awards Gala, the Colonial Heritage Festival, and the Balloon Fest. Go online to learn more about it.

#7. Big Bay Boom, San Diego, CA

For all you ocean lovers, be sure to claim your spot this Fourth of July, for “one of the largest fireworks shows in the USA.” Thousands gather every year to watch the magic unfold right above the San Diego Bay. Visit the Big Bay Boom website to find a list of official viewing sites and to learn more about other Independence Day events.

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What Independence Day celebration are you attending this year?