Nothing celebrates summer and the birth of this great nation quite as much as an awe-inspiring fireworks display. So why not leave life’s stresses at home and hit the road this Independence Day? We've selected a few destinations of the best fireworks in the US.
Nearly every city, town and village in the United States hosts a fireworks display, but some put on performances worthy of traveling hundreds of miles to see. With so many options available, we decided to narrow down the list by choosing a few of our favorites that are near a great Select Registry inn.
By staying at a Select Registry inn you can travel with confidence that once you arrive, your only worries will be finding a table at the best restaurants and getting a good seat for the fireworks. Select Registry inns are each different and unique but share the most important qualities – a great breakfast every morning, quality beds and linens, exceptional service and private luxury baths.
St. Louis, Missouri
Travel Channel listed St. Louis as its first choice for the city’s Fair Saint Louis celebration. The festivities, including two runs, a parade, air shows, concerts and of course fireworks, all take place under the Gateway Arch. Concerts scheduled for the long holiday weekend include Trace Adkins on July 4, Bret Michaels on July 5, and Counting Crows on July 6. If you are looking for kid-friendly entertainment, check out one of the five airshows that include acts such as EAA B-17 “Aluminum Overcast,” Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Red Bull Helicopter, Liberty Jump Team and more.
After filling your days with fun and excitement in the city, retire to the Fleur-de-Lys Mansion for a great night and breakfast the next morning. The meticulously restored Tudor Revival mansion is located in the Compton Heights Historic District of St. Louis offers four luxury rooms. Each room is furnished with down comforters, featherbeds and pillows, and double-layered signature bathrobes. In addition each room has a spacious en suite bath, some with Jacuzzi. Breakfast offerings include imaginative uses of fresh fruits, yogurt, homemade granola, crepes, baked egg dishes, and French toasts.
If you are looking for something to make your stay extra luxurious, we recommend inquiring about the inn’s “Romantic Journey by Private Carriage” or “Massages at the Fleur-de-Lys” packages. If you can’t decide between the two packages and their offers, the “Grand Romance” package includes everything from the two packages and more. We're certain you can find a great romantic getaway in Missouri.
You are more likely to see sparks in Chicago than any other city on our list because fireworks aren’t reserved for only Independence Day there. In fact, you can enjoy a dazzling display over Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday night through the end of August. Of course, there will be a special display on the 4th of July presented by the Illinois Lottery’s 4th of July Millionaire Raffle.
Of course the best way to enjoy the Fourth of July or any summer fireworks in Chicago is by staying at the Harvey House Bed and Breakfast in Oak Park. The 6,000 square-foot limestone Victorian bed and breakfast in Oak Park is just a few miles from the heart of Chicago, yet miles away from the stresses of city life.
Each of the inn’s five individually decorated and furnished suites are the perfect place to lay your head after a busy day in the city. Whether you choose a room with a Jacuzzi tub or fireplace, queen or king bed, or sitting area or kitchenette, you will immediately know the innkeepers have thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
If you need a bit of relaxation before you can truly enjoy the city or decide you need some extra pampering after experiencing all the city has to offer, the inn offers a wonderful “Choose Your Massage” package that includes your choice of several in-suite massage options.
Lake Tahoe, California
If you needed one more reason to visit Lake Tahoe, it has to be the fireworks. The annual show was recognized by both travelchannel.com and the Today Show as one of the best displays in the country. Where else can you dig your feet in the sand and enjoy fireworks on a gorgeous beach.
How could this possibly get any better? The answer is simple—by having that beach right out the door of your room. The Shore House at Lake Tahoe has this and more to offer guests. Each of the inn’s nine guest rooms has a private outdoor entrance, private bathroom, gas log fireplace and cozy mountain lodge atmosphere. The rooms are decorated with knotty pine walls, custom built log furniture, down comforters and featherbeds.
With all that Lake Tahoe has to offer visitors, you will be grateful for a delicious gourmet breakfast served in the cozy lakefront dining room each morning. After an active day you can return to the dining room to sit in front of the river rock fireplace and sip a glass of wine or a cup of cappuccino.
San Francisco, California
With fireworks launching from both Municipal Pier and barges in the bay, the San Francisco fireworks display is definitely worth seeing. Before the fireworks, visitors can enjoy performances by the Air Force Mobility band and the 80s band Tainted love.
Located in the North Beach neighborhood, the Washington Square Inn is the perfect basecamp for your Independence Day celebration getaway. The inn prides itself on welcoming guests with all of the charm and comforts of a small luxury inn. Each of the inns 16 guest rooms, as well as the entire inn, is decorated with European antiques, creating the atmosphere of a small European hotel.
In addition to offering a delicious continental breakfast, the inn will also be happy to recommend and make reservations at one of the many outstanding multi-cultural restaurants and cafes in the city.
Staying with Select Registry
Chances are good that wherever you decide to take an Independence Day getaway to watch fireworks and enjoy the holiday, there is a Select Registry inn close by to offer the best accommodations available. How do we know Select Registry inns are some of the best inns in North America? Every Select Registry inn is quality assurance inspected and must meet the high standards of the organization.