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13 Great Places to Celebrate the 4th of July

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is just around the corner. Whether you call it Independence Day or the Fourth of July, you’ll want to celebrate the occasion—and the days leading up to it—with great food, drinks and activities.

In honor of the 13 colonies, we’ve put together a list of 13 spots known for great-tasting grub, classic cocktails and a “little extra something” that makes it the perfect setting for toasting America’s 241st birthday!

A little bit of history

Boston Tea Party & Ships Museum 

Ranked as the No. 1 patriotic attraction in America by USA Today, the venue boasts historical interpreters, interactive exhibits, full-scale restored 18th Century sailing vessels, historic artifacts and much, much more. Drop into the museum over the weekend or book an event where your corporate group will reenact a colonial town meeting and dump tea into the harbor
 

Dine under the stars as you gaze out at our nation’s Capitol Building. Located in the heart of D.C., the venue is within walking distance of the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian Museums, Union Station and other national landmarks. So if you’re entertaining out-of-town guests, drop by for a bite in-between sightseeing stops. 

The Olde Bar in Philadelphia

Raise a toast to America’s birthday in Philly, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Nestled in the heart of Philly’s Old City, the neighborhood known as America’s most historic square mile, this saloon-style restaurant is known for its oysters on the half shell and its modern re-imaginings of traditional bar fare.

Shoreline sightseeing tours in Chicago

Though the 4th may be a celebration of our country’s history, it’s also a great time to celebrate the history of Chicago. Jump on a river boat to take a guided tour of Chicago’s historic architecture. Cruise by the city’s landmarks and learn about the history of Chicago while enjoying a day in the sun.
 
Carroll Place, a Bleecker Street venue, has been redesigned to pay homage to its rich 19th century roots. The name ‘Carroll Place’ is the original 1830′s name for the section of Bleecker Street between Thompson Street and La Guardia Place, developed by Thomas E. Davis as a prestigious residential neighborhood. Named in honor of Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, it was home to well to-do New Yorkers who thrived on the elite social and real estate scene of Bleecker Street during the era.
 

The Kimpton Gray Hotel may not take you back to 1776, but it is situated in the historic New York Life Insurance Building, originally built in 1894. The Kimpton Gray Hotel takes its name from the Georgia Gray marble that’s lent the structure a sense of sophistication for well over a century. The ornate architecture on the granite exterior and in the lobby—with Art Deco light fixtures—is juxtaposed against contemporary rooms with crisp furnishings. Grab drinks at Vol. 39, a sophisticated lobby bar with wine, champagne and caviar, or Boleo, the rooftop bar and lounge with retractable roof.

The great outdoors

Entertainment Cruises in Boston

No need to limit your Independence Day dining choices to dry land. Dine in style—and maybe even catch a fireworks show—on the beautiful Seaport Elite II. As you cruise down the Boston Harbor and take in the sights, you can sip refreshing cocktails and enjoy a fabulous dinner buffet.

Bay Breeze Charters in Sausalito, Calif.

If you love the water, but prefer to celebrate the holiday with picnic fare, sail to Angel Island for a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch. Along the way, you’ll enjoy sprawling views of San Francisco, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Happy Camper in Chicago

Bring a bit of the outdoors to your Fourth of July festivities without worrying about the weather. Outfitted with vintage trailers and tire swing barstools, this pizza joint even has tiny lights on its black ceiling that mimic stars. And with names like Ken, Matt and Tim, you’ll love the “things that are pizza” menu.

Maynard Rod and Gun Club in Boston  

For over 100 years, Maynard Rod and Gun Club has served as an escape for Bostonians, providing an environment for city slickers to venture to the woods and enjoy the outdoors. This historic club prides itself on offering modern skeet and trap ranges and top instruction, ensuring a safe, fun, exciting and educational experience.

Grab some BBQ

Smoke Ring in Atlanta

For summertime holidays, it’s hard to go wrong with BBQ. You’ll find some of the best Southern-style grub at this rustic spot. Brisket and other traditional barbecue fare coexist on the menu with more quirky fare such as BBQ deviled eggs, and smoked and fried gator tail.

Double Barrel in Las Vegas

Or dig in to great BBQ while giving a salute to the red, white and blue in one of America’s hardest-partying cities—Las Vegas. This “country meets rock ‘n’ roll” roadhouse serves up mouthwatering Southern-inspired fare like crispy fried chicken, BBQ smoked St. Louis ribs and even reimagined favorites like pig candy.

Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue in Houston

If Texas-style BBQ is more your style, then feast at the eatery with the longest continuously running pits in Houston. In addition to legendary brisket, ribs and chicken, the BBQ joint serves up savory sides like mustard-based potato salad, pinto beans, coleslaw and smoky grilled vegetables. 

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