With the 4th of July coming up, families are using the holiday to plan their family vacations. It's the dead of summer, the kids are getting restless, and maybe an escape will make the heat feel a little less oppressive. So why not take the family, or just yourself, somewhere that celebrates this country we celebrate on our Independence Day? Here are a few of our best suggestions.
Obviously you can't have a list of patriotic vacation destinations without including our nation's capital. They host an annual National Independence Day Parade, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the obligatory fabulous fireworks display, and so much more. Speaking of the Smithsonian, you can even celebrate the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's 40th birthday party at an all-night celebration on July first! But if you'd like something a bit more subdued, Washington is rich with museums that simultaneously celebrate and educate us on our nation's history.
Yellowstone National Park
Really any national park is going to make your American pride swell. No other country in the world has as much diversity in their natural beauty as ours, in my opinion. We have deserts, mountains, oceans, islands, forests, volcanos, caves, canyons, and more. Yellowstone is even home to Old Faithful, one of America's favorite natural wonders as well as incredible wildlife. But please, don't go near the animals.
If a long road trip isn't your style, maybe a trip to New Orleans is up your alley. New Orleans is a fun destination for innumerable reasons, from its rich history and architecture to its legendary nightlife. For the history buffs, there are innumerable museums to visit including the National World War II Museum and the Old U.S. Mint, and while it would be impossible to visit them all in one trip, any New Orleans excursion would be incomplete without soaking up our nation's history. If you're more of a partier, New Orleans has their annual Go 4th on the River party and fireworks show, and a slew of riverboat cruises to enjoy.
New York City
Everyone has seen the Independence Day fireworks display on TV each year, but a first-person experience would be absolutely magical. And obviously, New York has a plethora of historical sites of its own. There are Revolutionary War walking tours in most New England cities, and New York is no exception. If you want to take in a show with a bit of Revolutionary taste, Hamilton is really big right now and it delves into the lives of several key members of the Revolution, but good luck getting tickets; the show is so popular that the only way to get tickets for the fourth would be by entering their daily lottery.
A Disney Park
Don't discount me just yet on this one. Walt Disney World and Disneyland both have such an incredible tribute on the third and fourth of July that includes fireworks, music, a light show, etc. Additionally, every day at Disney parks, they do what they call a "Flag Retreat Cerem