Today is Independence Day in the USA, and there’s nothing more important than going all out on the 4th of July and grilling, drinking and watching a fireworks display with friends and family. Whether you’re in a major city or a small town, the entire country erupts into a hive of colour and festivities. From parades and commemorations to festivals and concerts, it’s a day of celebration and appreciation. Here are our top cities for a great 4th of July event, so you can start planning for next year!

NEW YORK

From parks to rooftops, concerts and festivals, NYC sure knows how to celebrate independence in style. For plenty of food and fun head along to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, and watch hungry contestants stuff their faces in the name of competition. Now in it’s one one hundred and second year, it’s become a 4th July tradition. For something a little more glamorous, don your best attire for an evening full of fine fare and spectacular views at the 86th floor Observatory of the Empire State Building. Downtown Brooklyn transforms into a hub of music, activities and food trucks at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. Enjoy the festivities from the water with a Circle Line Evening Cruise on East River, as well as buffet dinner and all-you-can drink beer and wine, you’ll also be treated to a live DJ and uninterrupted views of Macy’s Annual 4th of July fireworks. Kicking off at 9:25pm, the spectacular firework display is New York City’s biggest and most impressive and a quintessential part of the festivities.

BOSTON

With concerts, activities, festivals and parades aplenty, there is no shortage of things to do in Boston. Running for the entire week leading up to the 4th, Boston Harborfest is one of the country’s largest 4th of July festivals offering something for the whole family to enjoy. Pay your respects at the Official Independence Day Commemoration, discover the city’s historic sites and monuments with a guided walking tour on the Freedom Trail or head along to the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade to watch the Boston Pops; Chocolate Drops, Indigo Girls and more perform at a free all ages concert before the Boston Firework Spectacular dazzle with a 23-minute long extravaganza. Enjoy epic views of the light show, taking place over Charles River from the Harvard or Longfellow Bridges.

PHILADELPHIA

Home to the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, there is plenty to celebrate in Philadelphia. Head along to The United States of America’s Independence Day Parade to watch the raising of the flag and a colourful parade of floats, marching bands and military groups in the Historic District. Pack a basket and a deck chair for the Community Picnic in the Park at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Hosting historical grames, an All-American cook off, music and more, it’s a fun-filled day for the whole family. It’s a non-stop party at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with beer gardens, food trucks and free concerts including the Wawa Welcome America concert featuring a special appearance from Pitbull, it’s the best place to bop the night away before an amazing firework display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.