The Most Popular Fourth of July Destinations
What makes America America? A wide range of things. Celebrate the Fourth of July and the symbolic birth of the U.S. with everything from historic towns to beachfront relaxation weekends. Most celebrations will include fireworks and parades, but your party can be whatever you want it to be.
Colonial Williamsburg, the most searched Fourth of July destination, will have fireworks and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. (Courtesy: Colonial Williamsburg)
If you don’t have plans for the long holiday weekend yet, consider these options. Here are the 10 most searched Fourth of July vacation locations on Yahoo:
What better place to celebrate the country’s birthday than to relive the history of its founding? While the modern city of Williamsburg is also home to Busch Gardens and the waterpark Water Country USA, the main attraction is Colonial Williamsburg and the nearby Jamestown settlement and Yorktown battlefield. In Colonial Williamsburg, you can see daily reenactments, shop at historic stores, and visit original buildings from the 1700s. For the Fourth of July, there will be fireworks and events that include a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Stay in historic lodging in colonial houses or opt for a more luxurious experience at the Williamsburg Inn. Tickets to Colonial Williamsburg are $43.95 for adults and $22 for kids.
Mt. Rushmore is popular, and free. (Photo: Kurt Magoon/Flickr)
2. Mt. Rushmore
The Mt. Rushmore National Memorial is made up of massive sculptures of the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln carved into the rock face. There is also a visitors’ center at the national park and the Presidential Trail, which takes you up close to the giant monument. You can even visit the original sculptor’s studio. In the evening during the summer, watch the lighting ceremony. The park has no entrance fee; however, there is a parking fee. There are no places to stay at the national memorial, but there are lodges, motels, and camping in the nearby Black Hills National Forest. The closest city is Rapid City, South Dakota.
Fireworks and beignets from Café du Monde go hand in hand. (Photo: Chris Goldberg/Flickr)