Fourth of July Weekend: Fireworks and Festivities!

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I know many of you are looking forward to the long Fourth of July weekend ahead for some summer sun and fun! Here are a couple of reminders, tips and ideas to consider.


Next weekend, pretty much anywhere you are in the United States, you should be able to catch some fireworks bursting in the night sky. Check the local paper and town websites to get the 411 on times and locations.

If you want the biggest, most spectacular display of fireworks, then consider these three favorites!

New York City

The 35th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will delight New Yorkers and the nation with an awe-inspiring display of patriotic firepower. You can also watch the display on NBC, July 4th at 9 pm EST.


Celebrate the USA’s 235th birthday all weekend long with the Fireworks Spectacular with Daryl Hall & John Oates at the Hollywood Bowl.


The Atlanta Braves play the Colorado Rockies to kick-off a four-game series at Turner Field. Cap off the weekend with an extravagant Independence Day post-game fireworks show starting directly after the game, which is one of the best shows in the Southeast.

Theme Parks

Tis’ the season to take on one of America’s favorite past times – theme parks. Here are a few of the changes and additions to some of the most popular venues.  

Higher ticket prices

Universal Studios Orlando and Walt Disney World Orlando increased their one-day ticket prices to $85 per day. Disneyland Resorts Anaheim also increased prices 5%.

New Attractions

Combining animal interaction with a heart-palpating thrill ride, the new Cheetah Hunt roller coaster is now open at Busch Gardens in Tampa.

The much-anticipated Star Tour Adventure just reopened in May after a reimagineering at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Theme park guests in Anaheim can ride the new Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction, which opened this month at Disney’s California Adventure Park.

Scheduled for completion this summer a new high-flying thrill ride, WindSeeker, is set to take visitors more than 300 feet in the air for a swinging, spinning ride at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA.

Gas Prices

Gas prices continue to dip after the release of fuel from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. So why not get in the car for a spontaneous road trip? If you’re wondering where to go, hop onto Google Map maker and plot your path of adventure. Don’t forget to check out the 4th of July Sale on for savings up to 30%!

Traveling with Kids

Many Hotels have great summer activities for their guests from drive-in movies to beach-side s’more roasts and of course, their own firework displays. Be sure to look into hotel happenings when you make your reservations to ensure the most fun on your vacation! Here are a few of my Tips on Choosing a Family-Friendly Hotel.

Where are you planning on seeing the fireworks this year?



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