When it comes to the Fourth of July, there’s no wrong way to celebrate. Some people venture into big cities to see fireworks set on a grand scale and some venture no further than their backyard patios where they sit around coolers of beer, setting off sparklers with friends and family. And in some parts of the United States, entire towns come together to celebrate Independence Day in a big way. Check out our list below for some great small towns that put all other 4th celebrations to shame!
1.) Bet on Crustaceans in Bar Harbor, Maine
Fourth of July festivities in Bar Harbor always begin at the crack of dawn with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the local rotary club. After breakfast, locals and tourists alike line up on Main Street to watch the parade. However, the real celebrations start in the afternoon with the annual lobster races where lobsters sponsored by local businesses claw their way to victory on a small race track.
2.) Sip on Never-Ending Root Beer Floats in Telluride, Colorado
Famous in the states for its lush ski resorts, this small mining town set in the Southwest pocket of Colorado is also well-known for its lavish Fourth of July festivities. With free root beer floats on tap, an aerial show with F-16 flyovers, and a dynamic firework show, Telluride is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day.
3.) Watch the Past Come Alive in Saratoga, NY
For history-lovers, there’s no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than in Saratoga, New York. The site of one of the most famous battles of the American Revolution, the small town of Saratoga drums up a celebration worthy of its vibrant past. Particularly popular are the live reenactments of famous scenes from American history, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
4.) Fiesta the Night Away in Seguin, Texas
Billed as the “Biggest Small Town Fourth of July Parade in Texas,” the Fourth celebrations in Seguin are truly epic. Located just north of San Antonio, this small town packs a punch with a weekend of activities. Most notable is the annual Freedom Fiesta, a large party where thousands of locals and tourists come together the night before the 4th to watch music performances and munch on food straight off the grill.
5.) Stick to Tradition in Bristol, Rhode Island
First established in 1785, the Fourth of July celebrations in Bristol are the oldest known celebrations in America. Complete with races, a concert series, a Fourth of July gala, and a bounty of Benjamin Franklins and George Washingtons running around, the party in Bristol is traditional and as about as American as it gets.
6.) Enjoy Sensational Fireworks in St. Augustine, Florida
Located between Jacksonville and Orlando sits the small town of St. Augustine. Though it’s small in size, St. Augustine is known for celebrating the 4th in a big way with the largest firework show on the East coast. Timed to a soundtrack of patriotic music, the twenty-minute program is dazzling and soars above the historic Castillo de San Marcos.
7.) Groove to Bluegrass in Natchitoches, Louisiana
Celebrate the 4th in true Cajun style in Natchitoches, the oldest town in Louisiana. Set alongside the Cane River Lake, the celebrations in this small town are exuberant and rooted in Louisiana tradition. There will be BBQ and fireworks aplenty, plus performances from local Zydeco and Bluegrass bands.