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Patriotic Destinations: Top Places for 4th of July Fireworks Displays

June 20th, 2013

Boom! Bang! Summertime excitement. Do these phrases encapsulate the feeling you experience as you turn your head to the sky and watch fireworks explode?

As the 4th of July holiday nears and you begin to think of cookouts and gatherings, your thoughts may wander to determining the most important detail of the day: where will we see the best fireworks?

With so many places to choose from, we’ve outlined a few top destinations for some of the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation: Washington, D.C., New York City, New Orleans, and Boston.

Fireworks Over the Capital: Washington, D.C.

You can’t get much more patriotic than spending the 4th of July in Washington, D.C.

Start your day with a visit to the city’s National Independence Day Parade, featuring bands of all kinds, including traditional marching bands, fife & drum bands, and bagpipes.

Follow-up parade watching with “A Capitol Fourth,” a celebratory concert on the U.S. Capitol West Lawn featuring the National Symphony Orchestra.

Plan a picnic on the National Mall, visit the historical monuments, and finish the day watching the fireworks.

Bright Lights in New York City, NY

When you think of big American cities, New York’s New York City most likely comes to mind almost immediately. Spend the day exploring the city, and then find perfect spot to watch the celebration.

Released from the Hudson River, this year’s Macy’s fireworks spectacular will include 40,000 fireworks, live performances from artists Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and Nick Cannon, and a 25-minute soundtrack of music from a variety of genres compiled by Usher to play in the background as the fireworks explode.

New Orleans, LA

Are you familiar with barge battles? No, we’re not referring to any form of warfare, but a battle of light and color as two barges in New Orleans celebrate the Fourth in style.

Watch the two barges battle for your attention, after a fun-filled day along Mississippi River. Traditional performances by the U.S. Navy Band and other musical performances are common at this annual event.

Consider a trip by riverboat to get even closer to the action!

Boston, MA

An annual event, Boston Harborfest is a week-long Independence Day celebration. The festivities kick off on Tuesday, July 2 this year.

July 3rd will bring Boston’s 19th Annual Children’s Day, complete with attractions perfect for the whole family, such as face painting, a bubble machine, paper lantern crafting, and more!

Stick around for fireworks and main day festivities, then join in post-Fourth celebrations with a party on the plaza, and Chowderfest, a day to join in celebrating local restaurant businesses’ clam chowder. There’s sure to be nothing else like it!

Where will you spend the 4th of July? Let us know your plans within the comments below.

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Here are some hotels to stay in while you travel:

Astor On The Park, New York,

Washington Marriott , Washington DC

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston



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Memorial Day

May 22nd, 2013

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Our nation’s soldiers are celebrated heroes, with stories that reach the hearts and minds of the young and old.

Whether you’re a veteran yourself who fought alongside those lost, or a student learning about these wars and battles from the pages of a textbook, memorials help provide additional insight into our country’s history.

With Memorial Day around the corner, we give you three memorials worth visiting to reflect and remember.

1. Korean War Veterans Memorial

Upon arriving, soldiers dressed in stainless steel greet you, set in stances that suggest they’re on their way to something important. Moving through the bushes, they stand alongside walls sandblasted with commemorative images and a shallow Remembrance Pool for reflection.

Constructed in Washington, D.C., and dedicated in 1995, the Korean War Veterans Memorial honors all those who served in the Korean War. This battle between North and South Korea took place from June 1950 to July 1953.

2. U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

Bronze soldiers gather to raise a flagpole in this memorial monument honoring all United States Marine Corps personnel who have lost their lives in duty since 1775.

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial has sat on a pedestal outside the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, since its 1954 dedication. The pedestal base is engraved with the following phrase: “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

3. Gettysburg National Military Park

The Battle of Gettysburg was a significant turning point in the Civil War, as it was the first major defeat suffered by the Confederacy. The battle is remembered at Gettysburg National Military Park, where visitors can tour the battlefield (now speckled with monuments and cannons) and visit the spot where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.

Composed of 5,989 acres of land, the park also provides ample opportunities to hike, bike, horseback ride and more. Visit the official website of the Gettysburg National Military Park for more things to see and do on your trip to the battlefield.

Historic Travel Quick Tip

As you visit these memorials, try to take away one fun fact about the event, person or people the memorial represents—expand your knowledge of our nation’s history!

Share your historic travel experiences in the comments below.

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A Capital Fourth Turns 30! Celebrate America’s Birthday with Music, Fun and Fireworks!!!

May 14th, 2010

Washington DC Fourth of July Fireworks

2010 marks the 30th year of the broadcast of our nation’s premier Independence Day celebration. This year “A Capital Fourth” will be hosted by Jimmy Smits. The all-star line-up features performances from the likes of Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Lang Lang and the National Symphony Orchestra.

One of my favorite childhood memories is camping out near the Washington Monument to see the firework show in person. All day we were entertained by concerts, games and other activities and at night the fireworks launching over the Lincoln Memorial was a beautiful and powerful moment.

I definitely think this is one event everyone needs to see in person at least once in their life. If you’re planning on visiting our nation’s capital for the fourth of July holiday you’ll be happy to know it’s not too late to uncover some spectacular savings on Last Minute Travel. In fact, there are still 4-Star hotels for under $100 a night.

More details about A Capital Fourth can be found in the full press release below the jump:

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Photo Friday: Air & Space Museum

February 12th, 2010


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The majesty and awe of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. is captured remarkably in this photo by Bob Jagendorf. The museum did suffer a collapsed roof in the recent snow that blanketed the city. But none of the exhibits were damaged.

Photo Credit: bobjagendorf on Flickr via a CC BY 2.0 license.

Previously: Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C.’s soft side

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Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C.’s soft side

January 1st, 2010

Welcome to 2010! How do you say that? Twenty-ten? I feel like I’m playing blackjack somewhere. Hit me!

My New Year resolution, besides to travel more, was to celebrate the little moments in my life. So far the words “Happy New Year” have been used 108 times in my vicinity this year, that’s a lot of little moments.

When I think of the New Year I think of winter; then I think of spring, because I really don’t like the cold. As Vermont leaves are to autumn, cherry blossoms are to spring. Where better to enjoy those thousands of precious little moments than the National Cherry Blossom festival in Washington, DC.

Before Japan gave us Nintendo and Playstation, they gave us 3,000 cherry trees to line the Tidal Basin area near the Jefferson Memorial. The 1912 gift honored the friendship between the United States and Japan and celebrated the continued close relationship between our two cultures.

Every year dozens of cultural events are organized by Washington D.C. civic groups around the time the trees are known to bloom. In 2010 they’re predicting that to be March 27th – April 11th. Right now there are amazing 4 and 5 star hotels just minutes away from the mall area for as low as $127 a night on Last Minute Travel. Book now and spend the money you save on celebrating the little moments in your life.

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