Celebrate the 4th in the Great Outdoors
Fourth of July is a favorite American holiday for many reasons. The occasion is marked with lots of great traditions most of us wouldn't want to miss, so heading out on an adventure isn’t always an obvious choice. Luckily, in plenty of America’s best travel destinations, you can combine outstanding Independence Day celebrations with exploring the great outdoors, and there’s hardly a better way to celebrate our land’s freedom and pioneering spirit.
Lake Tahoe, NV
The annual South Tahoe’s ‘Lights on the Lake’ fireworks display is rated as one of the best in the country. The spectacular show is visible from most places in town but by far the best viewing point is at the beach. It can get very busy, so come early, have a picnic and enjoy the remarkable Lake Tahoe sunset.
Alternatively, you can experience Nevada’s alpine landscape in a more peaceful way by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and visiting Desolation Wilderness’ Lakes.
Jackson Hole, WY
While Jackson Hole is most famous for its winter attractions, the town’s Fourth of July Parade is among the best in the country. There’s also plenty of live music, a fireworks display and even a rodeo. The town takes organizing the patriotic celebrations very seriously and the cultural and community events rival those organized in many bigger cities.
To fuel yourself for a day full of activities, start by enjoying one of Jackson Hole’s very own traditions: the annual pancake breakfast in Town Square.
St. Augustine, FL
Visiting St. Augustine is a fantastic, family-friendly way to spend the holiday. As the oldest European-established town in the nation, St. Augustine offers plenty of historical attractions, including 18th century architecture and a Pirate & Treasure Museum. Beautiful, wide beaches can be found in and around town.
On Independence Day evening, St. Augustine is home to one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, and the reflection of lights in the ocean makes for a stunning evening of entertainment.
Mark the occasion by setting off on a hike from the Fourth of July Trailhead, located one-hour’s drive outside of Boulder. From there, the Continental Divide Trail will lead you to a campsite at the shore of Lake Granby. It’s a tough, 12-hour hike but the peaceful destination is worth it.
Once you get there, get into a celebratory mood by opening a beer, lighting your own sparkler and feeling truly free.
Happy Independence Day!