Independence Day is only a week away, which means many of the more popular destinations (Philadelphia, Washington D.C., etc.) are likely either booked up, expensive, or both. If you still want to get away, but aren’t sure where to go at the last minute, consider these destinations from our parking management company:
If you’re a lover of parades, you won’t want to miss the one held every 4th of July in Gatlinburg. The parade begins at 12:01 on the 4th, making it the very first parade in the country on Independence Day. Each year, around 100,000 locals and visitors gather to watch and once the dawn breaks, you can enjoy the River Raft Regatta, free concerts, and a firework finale, of course.
Why not do something different this year and spend your 4th of July on the small, charming island of Nantucket? Start your trip by taking a relaxing sunset cruise around the bay, then enjoy some delicious, fresh seafood. On the 4th, you’ll find plenty of festivities on Main Street including a dunk tank, watermelon-eating contest, puppet shows, photo booths, and more. Once the sun goes down, you’ll be treated to beach fireworks synchronized to music.
Check out Prescott, Arizona for Independence Day fun for the whole family. Just an hour north of Phoenix, this town is filled with folks who simply love to have a good time. Celebrate the 4th of July at the World’s Oldest Rodeo, head down one of many giant water slides, listen to some live music, and even ride a mechanical bull. There are also plenty of delicious food trucks for all tastes and don’t forget margaritas and beer for the adults.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sin City is a great place to visit no matter what holiday you’re celebrating, but come 4th of July and the city is filled with pool parties, rooftop barbecues, beer gardens, and a fireworks competition between several popular casinos. With reasonable airfare and plenty of places to stay (don’t forget the idea of staying outside the city for a lower cost), you can celebrate Independence Day in Vegas style.
South Padre Island, Texas
July is the perfect time for a beach getaway, so why not head to South Padre Island? The popular Spring Break destination is perfect for surfing, swimming, flyboarding, or simply soaking up the sun. For the 4th of July, the island comes alive with live music, dancing, a beach parade (complete with prizes for the best group, best costume, and best-decorated wagon) as well as fireworks both on the beach and over the bay.
No matter where you head to this 4th of July, don’t forget to make a parking reservation with one of our many Propark locations around the country!