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National Landmarks Where You Can Celebrate On The 4th

Rachael Brennan Updated: 29-06-2018
National Landmarks Where You Can Celebrate On The 4th

There is nothing quite like a 4th of July celebration. American flags, fireworks, and plates full of fried chicken and potato salad will be seen by the millions all across the country as people celebrate Independence Day.

Towns all over America will compete to see who can put on the best fireworks display or, in areas where fires are a concern, laser light show, but if you feel like your 4th of July needs a little more oomph than your standard traditions can provide you might want to make a trip to see some of the most incredible sights the country has to offer all dressed up in their most patriotic regalia.


Niagara Falls

National Landmarks Where You Can Celebrate On The 4thcanadiansky

Niagara Falls marks the border between the United States and Canada, but just because the falls are shared by both countries doesn't make them any less breathtaking as a national landmark. Niagara Falls is a rich and vibrant part of American history, including the Onguiaahra, Atiquandaronk, and Iroquois tribes that originally settled the area, the hydroelectric industries that have harnessed the power of the falls, and the tourist industry that was jumpstarted by Theodosia Burr (daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr) and her husband choosing the spot for their honeymoon.

 As a nation we should be especially proud of the preservation efforts that have kept the falls well maintained and in the hands of the public as opposed to simply being sold to the highest bidder.

If you want to make a trip to the falls for the 4th you won't just be seeing the majesty of one of the largest waterfalls in the world, you will also be seeing one heck of a pyrotechnic display! You can even spread your celebration out over the course of several days since they have a firework show over the falls every single day for most of the summer. They also light up the falls in various colors to celebrate the holidays, so on July 4th they light them up in red, white, and blue to create a patriotic display any American would be proud to witness.


Gateway Arch in St. Louis

National Landmarks Where You Can Celebrate On The 4th: Gateway ArchRandy Burkett Lighting Design

To make the Gateway Arch architects and construction workers assembled 630 feet of stainless steel into the world's tallest arch and placed it on the bank of the Mississippi River as a monument to the American people, making this one of the most patriotic landmarks in the United States. Originally devised as a way to encourage economic growth and revive the riverfront community after the Great Depression, the arch was paid for in large part by the federal agencies put in place by FDR to employ Americans by building and maintaining our national infrastructure. 

If you want to see the fireworks and the Gateway Arch on the 4th there is no better way to do it than with a riverboat cruise. Sail the mighty Mississippi and take in the St. Louis skyline for a couple of hours before watching the fireworks from the deck. If the idea of a cruise doesn't appeal to you simply get to the banks of the river early with your picnic blanket in tow so you have a good view of the fireworks on display above the water. Though he wasn't exactly from St. Louis Mark Twain himself probably spent many a youthful Independence Day on the banks of the Mississippi, so you will be in good historical company as you watch the fireworks while lounging on the riverbank.


The National Mall

National Landmarks Where You Can Celebrate On The 4th: National MallNational Park Service

If you want to see a display of fireworks over a national monument but you can't just choose one to visit you might want to consider instead going to our National Mall in Washington D.C. to celebrate the 4th of July. You can find a space near the Reflecting Pool and watch as the fireworks light up the sky behind the Washington Monument. If you're lucky you might even be able to find some empty space on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where you can watch the fireworks overhead.

Want to experience the 4th of July at our nation's capital but don't want to get caught in the crowds? Follow George Washington's silver dollar across the Potomac River and watch the festivities from a distance! George Washington didn't really throw a silver dollar across the Potomac, of course, as there was no such thing as a silver dollar at the time and tossing a coin a mile across the river would be an incredible feat even for the amazing George Washington, but the legend persists just the same. 


Grand Canyon

National Landmarks Where You Can Celebrate On The 4th: Grand canyonWilliam Horton Photography

Named one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World, the Grand Canyon is the ultimate monument to the powers of water and time. 277 miles long and up to 18 miles across at its widest points, anyone who has ever wanted to see just what Mother Nature can really do should take a trip to see the Grand Canyon.

If you want to celebrate the 4th of July with music, food, parades, and more you can choose any number of towns along the canyon to visit for the holiday. Keep in mind that although there are a couple of places that do put on a fireworks display the desert is highly susceptible to wildfires, which means that many cities opt to have a laser light show in lieu of pyrotechnics to keep everyone safe.

There are tons of excellent ways to celebrate Independence Day this year.

What places are you most excited to see while you celebrate the 4th of July?


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