Best of America:
4th of july celebrations

One of the biggest days of the year for America is Independence Day, celebrated every year on the same day, 4th of July. In 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire but now the United States of America. This is now one of the most important symbols to American citizens of their freedom and of what makes their country the United States.

The occasion is normally marked by lots of parades, concerts and food-filled celebrations with friends and family. Offices and schools are closed for the day so people can join in with the festivities, where famous landmarks are lit up with bright lights with breath-taking fireworks displays in some of America’s biggest cities.

Our Luxury Travel Concierge has put together some of the best places to celebrate the freedom and liberty of America.

NEW YORK

The hustle and bustle of New York only heightens for this special day, parades take place all over the city, decorated in the patriotic colours of the American flag. One of the most popular displays to watch is organised by shopping giant Macy’s, who arrange a huge firework display which takes place on the famous Brooklyn Bridge.

Sail along the East River on a private cruise on one of NYC’s best yacht, create unforgettable memories partying on Manhattan waters with viewing of sights such as Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Pop a bottle of Champagne with your very own VIP bottle service on the open air deck.

Or celebrate the 4th of July in the sky, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt offers panoramic views across the stunning New York skyline 1,100 feet above Madison Avenue. This is one of the best places in the whole city to get the 4th of July experience with not only luxury at the forefront, but the best view of all the cities fireworks.

Washington D.C

Where more appropriate to celebrate Independence Day than in the capital city around the Capitol Building, Mount Vernon Estate and White House with plenty to do. The Noontime Parade is full of family fun, with floats, drum corps and military personnel showing their patriotism on Constitution Avenue.

Enjoy the fun of the ‘Salute to America’ festivities at Lincoln Memorial, where there is a carnival, live music performances from the National Symphony Orchestra and a huge firework display, best viewed on the north lawn of the Capitol Building.

After a long day celebrating, take yourself for a gorgeous meal at Michlin star restaurant Kinship, located on the first floor of 1015 Seventh Street NW in the historic building dating back to 1907. Kinship is Chef Eric Ziebold’s vision of what the modern American restaurant can be, and offers an à la carte menu celebrating the rich diversity of influences that have come to shape American cuisine and is rated one of the best restaurants in the state

New orleans

It’s already known New Orleans know how to throw a party, so you can imagine how fun the 4th of July is here. One of the best things to do to celebrate the special day is go to ‘Essence in the Park’, a free 9 hour concert at Louis Armstrong Park, along with the abundance of activities, fireworks and life fuelled parades through the city’s streets.

If looking for a luxurious bite to eat, Restaurant August set in a 19th century French-Creole building, you will find beautiful chandeliers, historic interiors and 5-star service. The two-story wine room is a major draw for wine connoisseurs, which compliments the unique menu offering tastings and a la carte options.

Chicago

Chicago can provide the most wholesome 4th of July for you and your family, ‘Live on the Lake’ is a concert held on Navy Pier, situated right on Lake Michigan. This gorgeous view makes the perfect place to watch the fireworks from and enjoy the live music. The city also put on large parades through the city, along with lots of patriotic decoration.

Wanting a view of the fireworks above the Chicago city skyline? 360 Chicago Observation Deck is situated on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Centre. Not only does this offer panoramic views of the city but also the lakefront and four states. Bar 94 can craft you a signature cocktail, made by their experienced mixologists. The perfect place to celebrate 1,000 feet above the hustle & bustle of Chicago.

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Grand figures of US Presidency giants George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the growth, development, and preservation of America. This makes it the perfect place to pay homage to American history on this special day.

One of the best luxury experiences is a Hot Air Balloon ride across Black Hills, the stunning 360 views of South Dakota will leave you breathless. Toast to Americas Independence with a glass of Champagne, what better way to enjoy the view.

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