While many people choose to celebrate Independence Day by holding a barbecue and setting off fireworks at home. Others prefer to let a city manage most of the festivities. But heading to popular destinations can come with challenges. Along with massive crowds, the cost of coming into those areas for the holiday can be incredibly high. For example, spending Independence Day in the Hamptons, New Orleans, or Los Angeles can set you back a bundle. Luckily, there are some great options available that won’t break the bank. If you want to save money this 4th of July, here are three lesser-known options that won’t bust your budget.
1. Page, Arizona
If you love desert scenery and want to have a unique 4th of July experience, plan a trip Page, Arizona. The city hosts a parade each year brimming with colorful floats and fun entertainers. Plus, the vendor fair offers fun shopping, great food, and family-friendly activities that can keep children engaged during the day.
After nightfall, there is a fireworks show, the fourth largest in the entire state. Plus, nearby Lake Powell is ideal for boating, swimming, and lounging under the warm summer sun.
2. Black Hills, South Dakota
The Black Hills region of South Dakota is a great option for the 4th of July. Along with being the home of Mount Rushmore, an ideal destination for those wanting to celebrate Independence Day, many of the surrounding small towns have celebrations on the holiday.
Belle Fourche holds an annual carnival, parade, and rodeo around the 4th of July and manages the largest fireworks show in the area. Custer also has fairs, parades, and fireworks, while Rapid City displays sculptures of the presidents and has its own fireworks display.
3. Bristol, Rhode Island
If you want to attend a historically significant 4th of July celebration, head to Bristol. The city is home to the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the entire county, with the first occurring on July 4, 1785.
On the morning of July 4, all of the cities ring their church bells together, kicking off the celebration with unique style. Later in the day, Bristol holds a large military, civic, and firemen’s parade each year, featuring floats, bands, and more.
While over 200,000 people attend the festivities each year, it still feels like a hidden gem. Accommodations here aren’t as costly as they are in many other cities, making it an affordable destination. Plus, spending Independence Day in “America’s most patriotic town” may just feel right, and you get to witness the longest running celebration in the nation first-hand, making Bristol worthy of nearly everyone’s bucket list.
4th of July Options
Ultimately, any of the destinations above are great options for budget-conscious families looking to celebrate the 4th of July in style. Just make sure you account for any of your travel expenses, accommodation costs, and food and drinks in your budget. That way, you can make sure you stay on target.
Do you know of a great place to spend the 4th of July that doesn’t cost a bundle? Tell us about them in the comments below.