If you think of a road trip on a Thursday, July 4, you're in luck. The number of crunchers at Wallet Hub has quantified almost every level of Independence Day fun to classify 100 major US cities as a vacation destination.
They were thorough!
Factors are the expected weather, the price of beer and wine, the per capita rate of death and the price of three-star hotels. They also rated cities for the legality of fireworks for personal use, the number of holiday celebrations listed on Eventbrite, and even the relative number of Google searches for "4th of July Celebration."
Then they have further sorted the finalists by comparing the 100 most populous US cities in five main dimensions: 1
So, where are the best places to celebrate the country's birthday?
The Top Five
According to their number of crunchers, the top five are in reverse order Las Vegas (with the cheapest five star hotels) in Washington DC (with one of the best weather forecasts for the fourth), San Diego and Los Angeles, with good weather and good attractions … and the city's number one for the Fourth of July is … (drum roll).
… New York City. After all, the 4th of July is all about big and loud and which city is big and loud better than New York? Macy's, which is considered the nation's largest firework show, will launch 70,000 flammable materials from four ships in the East River near Manhattan's southernmost tip. The show lasts about 25 minutes and is free. New York also has the lowest percentage of DUI victims – if only because most people come to the party on foot or by public transport. Base of the Manhattan Bridge. Map here. For more information call 212-494-4495.
For the best weather, WalletHub recommends Pittsburgh and for the cheapest wine and the cheapest beer Detroit. And the worst city to travel for the fourth time, according to Wallet Hut? San Bernadino, California. What is the difference between San Bernardino and yoghurt? Yogurt has an active lifestyle.
You may not want the biggest, loudest and longest fireworks, but a quiet place to fish. WalletHub has no algorithm for doing so, but Fishing Booker suggests Atlantic Beach at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. And guess what? There will also be fireworks there.