Five Star Alliance Releases List of Best Off-Beat Fourth of July Destinations

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Five Star Alliance, the luxury travel experts, recommends celebrating the nation’s birthday at these unexpectedly patriotic cities that are just off the beaten path.

Lone Star Court, Austin

Lone Star Court, Austin

Fourth of July is usually marked by hot weather, barbeques, parades, flag-waving, trips to the pool, and fireworks. DC, NYC, Philadelphia, and Boston are all great patriotic places to celebrate Uncle Sam’s birthday, but trips to these locations usually equal hordes of fellow Americans.

Five Star Alliance has the following suggestions for alternative festivities:

  • Anchorage, AK

The festivities in The Last Frontier start on July 3 and last through the weekend. In addition to the usual parade and fireworks display, the city also holds a pancake breakfast, music festival, Mount Marathon race, and an Alaska Baseball League doubleheader.

Where to Stay: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa

  • Aspen, CO

Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July with fireworks over Aspen Mountain. There’s also dancing in the streets with a Beatles tribute band, Aspen Art Museum’s Free Family Picnic, a parade, and The Aspen Music Festival and School's Fourth of July Concert.

Where to Stay: The Gant, Aspen; The Sky Hotel

The last state admitted to the union celebrates with fireworks cruises and the largest fireworks show in the state, held at Ala Moana Beach Park. There’s also the Makawao Paniolo Parade and the Makawao Rodeo. Events continue through the weekend.

Where to Stay: Four Seasons Maui, Wailea; The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

  • Kansas City, MO

The highlight of this city’s celebration is The Big Bang, the Midwest’s largest and most colorful fireworks finale. KCRiverFest, held along the Missouri River, has music, kids’ activities, food, and fun. Missouri Town 1855 will have demonstrations of how our 1850s-era ancestors celebrated the 4th.

Where to Stay: Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza; Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza

Join the fun at Circuit of The Americas with patriotic music by the Austin Symphony and fireworks. A parade will feature marching bands, fire trucks, miniature pets, and the Ladies Lawn Chair Brigade. Embrace Independence Day at Pioneer Farms with horse-drawn wagon rides and historical reenactments.

Where to Stay: W Austin; Lone Star Court

  • Baltimore, MD

Enjoy The Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration at the Inner Harbor. Entertainment is provided by Top 40's band and the U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade. The fireworks show is choreographed to festive music.

Where to Stay: Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, Baltimore; Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore

Events in and around the city include the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Vermont State Fairgrounds. There’s also the Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby, 4th of July Samba & Puppet Parade, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and a re-enactment of the soldiers arriving from Mount Independence.

Where to Stay: Twin Farms; Castle Hill Resort and Spa

Celebrate the nation's birth in the Revolutionary City. First up is a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy a salute to the 13 original states, with music by the Fifes and Drums, flags of each state, and the firing of muskets and cannon. The day concludes with fireworks visible from both Market Square and Palace Green.

Where to Stay: Williamsburg Inn; Wedmore Place

All hotels featured currently have availability over the Fourth of July weekend.


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