The Fourth of July is revered as one of the most sacred holidays in America – it is its birthday, after all. Being right in the heart of the summer, it's the perfect time to travel into the city to celebrate. It's no coincidence that the cities that were integral in the country's development host the biggest parties every year.
One of the most elaborate and dramatic displays takes place right along the Charles River in Boston. The Boston Pops have long been an Independence Day staple in the Hub, but it wasn't until 1974 that their annual concert exploded into a masterpiece. The event now features a mystifying firework display that's synchronized to the "1812 Overture" and blasting cannons. The show is broadcast nationally and watched by roughly 7 million Americans every year.
In New York City, the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks display draws around 2 million people to both sides of the Hudson River. It's just under a half hour long and features about 75,000 pounds of fireworks. During the daytime, masses of people also head to Coney Island for the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
If one day of celebrating just isn't enough, Philadelphia is the place to be. As the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the City of Brotherly Love hosts parades and events for two weeks leading up to July Fourth
Getting around is going to be tricky in these and other major cities in the U.S. this Independence Day, so be sure to reserve transportation as soon as possible if you haven't already.