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Independence Day Hot Spots

Independence Day Hot Spots

More than just fireworks and hot dogs!

national mall fourth of july Spend the Fourth of July on the National Mall, just one of many places to celebrate your patriotism! (Bill Kohutanycz/Share the Experience)

Remember the smell of pyrotechnic smoke moments after the sky fills with sparks from dazzling fireworks displays; the music from an outdoor bandshell, slightly distorted from the distance; and oh the taste of hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon and the array of morsels that make the experience complete. As you celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, consider visiting some hot spots significant to our history as well as places that honor the nation’s natural treasures.

Celebrate the Birth of Our Nation

This list of five eastern states and more than a dozen historical sites add more significance to any Independence Day celebration. Consider one of these hot spots to honor the nation as you enjoy the traditions of the day.

Independence National Historical Park

Visit the place where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, where George Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, where the design of the American flag was agreed upon, where the Articles of Confederation were adopted and where the U.S. Constitution was drafted.

Declaration of Independence

In 1776, it was the signing of the Declaration of Independence that set July 4th as the day our nation celebrates. Learn about this national treasure and how you can see this important document at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C.

Let’s Go Camping

If gathering around the campfire with family and friends, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on sticks you found during your hike and gazing up at stars rather than fireworks is more your style, let us help you honor our nation’s independence on your federal lands. Please remember that fireworks are not allowed on federal lands, but neighboring communities may offer this time-honored tradition. And, check campfire restrictions, especially in areas experiencing dry conditions.

Great Outdoors Month

The Fourth of July holiday is the culminating weekend for Great Outdoors Month—six weeks of celebrating the outdoors with hundreds of events and activities throughout the country. Find something fun to do near you.