When people think of Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks, they usually think of New York or Boston. But there are many smaller cities on the East Coast that put on a great Independence Day show, and with private charter services, you and your family can get there and enjoy the festivities without the hassle and inefficiency of commercial flying.
Here are our top four locations for fireworks this Fourth of July on the East Coast.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Known as the Stars and Stripes Explosion, the Virginia Beach fireworks display is a beachfront experience for families and couples. There are three locations for events, all centrally located near popular hotels. The concerts and fireworks display are open to the public and free.
At the 24th Street beach stage, the Quantico Marine Corps Band, established in 1918 and consisting of 50 Marines, will perform both rock music (from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.) and classic military ensembles (from 8:15 – 9:30 p.m.).
Just up the boardwalk, at the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park, Chester B’s Motown Review will perform from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Chester B’s is a tribute band playing the best Motown music from the 60s and 70s, songs you’ll remember from Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, and Smokey and the Miracles.
From 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the 31st Street Park, also accessible from the boardwalk, The Deloreans, a band playing memorable tunes from the 80s, will perform.
Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and are launched near 22nd Street from a barge at sea. With the right conditions, they should be visible from most locations along the beach.
Virginia Beach offers multiple, convenient parking garages at the beach. Visit this map to find a spot closest to your destination: http://bit.ly/2kTXLR9
For more information, visit the Fireworks page at BeachStreetUSA.com: http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/fireworks-0
Bar Harbor, Maine
National Geographic and the Today Show agree: Bar Harbor’s Fourth of July celebration is one of the best in the country. It’s good, old-fashioned fun in the most picturesque, harbor-side setting.
The day begins with a blueberry pancake breakfast from 6 – 10:00 a.m. at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field on Park Street, followed by a parade down Main Street at 10. Then it’s back to the Athletic Field for a seafood festival filled with lobster, corn, mussels and locally baked treats.
For a bit of humor, check out the lobster races at the MDI YMCA. Local business compete (and help support a scholarship program) by testing the skills and speed of their own lobsters.
Most of the area parks, all within walking distance, will feature bands and dancing throughout the afternoon. At 7:30 p.m. the Bar Harbor Town Band, which has been in existence for more than 100 years, will perform at the Bar Harbor Village Green.
Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and are launched over beautiful Frenchman Bay. Grab a blanket and watch from the sloping hill of Agamont Park, which overlooks the tall ships and boats in the harbor.
For more information, visit the Bar Harbor Fireworks page: http://www.barharborinfo.com/Events/July-4th.aspx
Saratoga Springs, New York
Saratoga’s “All-American” celebration has something for everyone in a city that consistently ranks among travelers’ favorites. The yearly Fourth of July event was chosen by ABC News as one of the top 10 small-town celebrations.
Festivities start the day before with a historic city tour and evening jamboree, but the Fourth of July officially begins with a sweat at the Firecracker4 Road Race. The race features different courses for different levels of runners, including a half-mile fun run for kids.
After the race, enjoy a full day of downtown events, including a parade of dogs, a classic car show, BBQ, sidewalk sales, tours, carousel rides, and a live reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Fireworks begin in the evening and are set to patriotic music.
For more information, visit the Saratoga Fourth of July page: http://www.saratogajuly4th.com
Bristol, Rhode Island
Britol’s Fourth of July Celebration is the oldest, continuously running fireworks event in the country. It was begun in 1785 by a Veteran of the Revolutionary War, and the parade portion of the celebration is thought to have evolved from community members moving down the streets to watch patriotic exercises by other war veterans.
Festivities begin well before the Fourth of July (they begin on Flag Day in June, actually), but things really pick up on July 3 with the annual Drum and Bugle Corps competition featuring some of the most competitive drum and bugle corps in the country. The competition is followed by concerts by Trinity, an acoustic trio, and Sixwire, a popular neo-country band from Nashville.
Fireworks can be viewed from the Bristol Harbor at 9:30 p.m. on July 3.
July 4th begins with a 2.5 miles parade, called the “Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade,” at 10:30 a.m. The procession goes right through the center of town and highlights local bands, vendors and floats.
The city offers several sporting events and competitions throughout the day — from golf, tennis and the Independence Rhode Race to an Orange Cart Derby and Pickle Ball Tournament.
For more information, visit the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration page: http://www.july4thbristolri.com
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We wish you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July.