Travelocity Reveals Top 10 Destinations for Fourth of July Weekend
Based on bookings, Travelocity‘s list reveals where travelers will head to barbeque, watch fireworks, sunbathe and celebrate our nation’s independence over the holiday weekend in 2011.
1. Orlando. Summer’s number-one family destination has plenty of places to view fireworks, including shows at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. For a break from the parks, pack your picnic basket and head instead to the free fireworks show at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
Average daily rate at Orlando hotels: $120
2. New York City. What would Independence Day be without hot dogs? Watch the champs chow down at Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island by day, then head to Manhattan’s West Side for another beloved tradition — the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks in the evening.
Average daily rate at New York hotels: $203
3. Los Angeles. If you’ve been working hard on your bikini bod, head to Venice Beach on the Fourth for the Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach pageant to see how you stack up. For all-American evening entertainment, check out the Dodger vs. Mets game, which will be followed by a fireworks show.
Average daily rate at Los Angeles hotels: $145
4. Las Vegas. Summer’s number-one singles destination is both literally and figuratively hot over July 4th weekend, but luckily plenty of hotels will be hosting pool parties to cool things off all weekend long.
Average daily rate at Las Vegas hotels: $105
5. South Florida. It’s all about the beaches in South Florida, even in the evening hours. If Miami is your destination, the Fourth of July fireworks festivities and fireworks viewing are taking place on the beach at 8th Street and Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.
Average daily rate at South Florida hotels: $154
6. Denver. Denver is the place to be for fireworks enthusiasts, with four straight nights for viewing. Coors Field has fireworks after the Rockies games on July 1st and 2nd; the Civic Center Park has a free concert and fireworks show on July 3rd and the 4th brings the sparkly stuff at Mile High Stadium after the Colorado Rapids game.
Average daily rate at Denver hotels: $112
7. Chicago. Spend the day on the beach on the shores of Lake Michigan and the evening watching fireworks at Navy Pier. There are two opportunities to see the sparkly stuff over the holiday weekend, once on Saturday July 2 and again on Monday Jul 4th.
Average daily rate at Chicago hotels: $165
8. Washington, D.C. There’s only one place to be on the Fourth of July in our nation’s capital, and that’s on the National Mall. The all-day celebration begins with a parade and culminates with music and a fireworks show over the Washington Monument.
Average daily rate at Washington, D.C. hotels: $145
9. Seattle. Seattle is well-known for microbrews. Get in on the fun July 1-3 at the Seattle International Beerfest. July 4th brings the annual – and moving – naturalization of hundreds of new citizens at Seattle Center. Celebrate your own citizenship that evening with fireworks and family friendly fun at Gas Works Park on Lake Union.
Average daily rate at Seattle hotels: $154
10. San Francisco. It’s fitting that the City by the Bay hosts San Francisco’s largest fireworks display over the bay. Head to Pier 39 for the evening show, or spend the whole day there dancing away to the live music.
Average daily rate at San Francisco hotels: $162
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