Travel Channel's Top 10 Small Town Fourth of July Celebrations
These patriotic destinations are Travel Channel favorites and the perfect place to honor America's birthday in proper red, white and blue style.
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10: St. Augustine, Florida
Head down to the Sunshine State for "Fireworks Over the Matanzas." The giant celebration includes an amazing firework display, plus a free concert after. Not to mention delicious fresh seafood in the area like blue crab beignets and tons of brews all oceanside. Try going on a historic pub tour to get in a proper dose of education along the way.
9: Pleasure Island, North Carolina
Pleasure Island boasts tons of options for fresh seafood and waterfront dining plus perfect beach days. Finish off your Fourth on the island with fireworks on the beach and a live concert. The island includes all the beach vacation staples without the hustle and bustle of larger coastal towns. Pleasure Island is the perfect getaway for a more relaxing celebration of America.
8: Knoxville, Tennessee
Voted most patriotic city by USA today, Knoxville has all the necessities for a perfect 4th of July celebration. With world-renowned barbeque, a host of local breweries and top-notch fireworks display along with all-day festivities including live music in World's Fair Park this little Tennessee jewel has all the ingredients needed for an all American celebration.
7: Flagstaff, Arizona
With one of America's most popular family vacation destinations around the corner, Flagstaff Arizona is the perfect place to celebrate freedom with the whole family. Enjoy the parade, amazing local food and outdoor adventures the city has to offer before seeing the sights at the Grand Canyon.
6: Block Island, Rhode Island
This scenic little island off the coast of Rhode Island is the perfect place to grab a lobster roll and watch the fireworks from the top of a lighthouse, the beach or a boat. A parade and live music on the beach set the tone for a celebration to remember.
5: Bucks County, Pennsylvania
With more than 200 years of history to explore and a quaint New England vibe, Bucks County is nestled alongside the Delaware River. From Quakertown to each of the seven historic main streets in the County, there's something to learn about America's history around every corner. Not to mention a great selection of local food and more than one choice of firework displays on the 4th, Bucks County is an all American destination.
4: Addison, Texas
This tiny town in Texas is known for doing it big in honor of Independence Day. The all-day celebration's highlight is an airshow featuring skydiving, acrobatics and more. A carnival with rides, games and food vendors provides daytime fun, and the night wraps up with a spectacular fireworks show.
3: Bend, Oregon
It’s a dream come true for nature lovers. If hiking and epic views are your thing, Bend is the place to be on the 4th. Spend the day hiking on a volcano sightseeing tour, or take it easy on the ale trail. The Old Fashioned Celebration held in Drake Park is said to resemble something out of a Norman Rockwell painting, and it all ends with a big finale of fireworks shot from the top of Pilot Butte.
2: Boyne City, Michigan
The state known for its outstanding cherry pies (a traditional Independence Day treat) is home to Boyne City which offers one of the biggest and best celebrations around. Billed as "The Best 4th in the North," the party lasts for two whole days. It includes a rubber duck race, a special breakfast, multiple parades, and of course a spectacular fireworks show.
1: Keystone, South Dakota
If you've never heard of Keystone, you've certainly heard of its main attraction: Mount Rushmore. Nestled in the Black Hills, the national monument is a symbol of American history which makes it the perfect place to celebrate America's birthday. There's also plenty to do during the day before the fireworks shoot off. From hiking to learning more about America's Presidential past and Native American history to horseback riding and local wine tasting. Keystone is the perfect place to be patriotic.