Who’s ready for barbecues, fireworks, and a whole lot of red, white, and blue? It's the Fourth of July, and each of our nation’s 50 states has some great plans for the country’s birthday (236 years old and still lookin’ good, USA!). We compiled a list of the best places to be on the Fourth this year from west coast to east, from “Kaboom Town” to a colonial town to a Big Apple concert with Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney.
1. Best Views for Fireworks: Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe boasts the largest synchronized fireworks display in the western United States with Lights on the Lake, a spectacle in Tahoe South that is launched from the South Shore. While the show can be seen from all over the town, one of the best places to see it sparkle is on the water itself on a Lake Tahoe cruise. If a cruise is out of your price range, you can always watch the spectacle from the beach.
2. Most Western: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs has been celebrating the Fourth for more than 100 years with a western flair. Their event’s highlights include a parade that ends in a street dance party and the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, where you can get a great view of the fireworks display.