John Adams was right when he said of Independence Day that “it will be celebrated with pomp and parade… bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other”, and nothing better sums up American pride and patriotism than the July 4th fireworks displays.
With a whole continent of displays to choose from, where should you head? Why not charter a private jet and head to one of these very special 4th of July destinations?
The nation’s capital hosts one of America’s most expensive fireworks displays – a spectacular affair, as you might expect, set off from the Reflecting Pool. In the city, the best views are from the National Mall, but this 17 minute spectacle can be seen for miles around.
In the Know: Hop off your private jet at Ronald Reagan airport and head south to the beautiful Mt Vernon trail to enjoy some special views, close to Arlington Cemetery and George Washington’s home.
New York City
New York is home to the Macy’s firework display over the Hudson River. Over three million people crowd the city to watch the celebrations, which this year are set to involve over 40,000 fireworks. Viewable from across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, there are more than two miles of official viewing points.
In the Know: Hire a private jet into Teterboro Airport, and head straight to a private cruise down the East River for the full July 4th experience.
Lake Tahoe, CA
Stunning Lake Tahoe is renowned for its scenic beauty and truly comes to life on July 4th, in one of the most popular fireworks displays in the nation. “Lights on the Lake” is viewable from across town, but some of the best views can be had from El Dorado Beach, Regan Beach, or Nevada Beach.
In the Know: It’s a short ride to South Shore from Lake Tahoe airport. You can enjoy a private cruise on the lake with live entertainment and stunning views of the fireworks.
Estes Park, CO
If you want to get away from big cities for the July 4th celebrations, you can’t beat beautiful Estes Park. In this all American mountain village, you can start your day with a traditional pancake breakfast, before enjoying the fireworks against the unbeatable backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
In the Know: Make a romantic weekend of it – land at nearby Denver, and book into the luxury Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park.
For the very best of impromptu July 4th celebrations, fly to Lahaina, on the west side of Maui. Although much smaller in scale than the others in our list, the fireworks in Lahaina have an unbeatable spirit of independence. The real beauty is in the informality of the event.
In the Know: Join the locals on the beach for a shared supper, or turn your trip into a luxury vacation with a private charter jet and one of Lahaina’s many luxurious resorts.