Best Cities to Celebrate Fourth of July, NYC Takes Top Spot

Best Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations

Best Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations

Fourth of July is just a few days away. On this day we celebrate the country’s birthday. But there’s also a lot of eating, traveling, partying and spending. In fact 150 million hotdogs are consumed in total and $1.4 billion is pent on July Fourth beer and wine. As for travel, 47 million Americans plan to venture 50+ miles from home this year. While this is not a normal Fourth of July yet for everyone, it is a big improvement from 2020 and close to what we’re used to as far as celebrations go.

In order to help Americans find the best and cheapest places to celebrate this star-spangled occasion, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun. There are also some fun facts that might surprise you about the holiday.

Best Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations

To determine the best places to celebrate the most star-spangled occasion, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun. The data set of 23 key metrics ranges from average beer and wine prices to duration of fireworks shows to the Fourth of July weather forecast.

1. New York, NY 11. New Orleans, LA
2. San Francisco, CA 12. Las Vegas, NV
3. Chicago, IL 13. Buffalo, NY
4. Minneapolis, MN 14. Orlando, FL
5. Atlanta, GA 15. Omaha, NE
6. Los Angeles, CA 16. St. Louis, MO
7. Seattle, WA 17. Honolulu, HI
8. Washington, DC 18. Milwaukee, WI
9. San Diego, CA 19. Dallas, TX
10. St. Paul, MN 20. Philadelphia, PA

If you are interested in specific categories, instead of the overall score, then check out the best and worst 5 cities for each category below:

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-4th-of-july-celebrations/4651.

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4th of July Facts & Figures

  • $7.5 Billion: Amount Americans plan to spend on 4th of July food.
  • 150 Million: Number of hot dogs eaten each 4th of July.
  • $1.4+ Billion: Amount Americans plan to spend on 4th of July beer and wine.
  • 80%: Share of community fireworks displays that were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
  • $1.5+ Billion: Estimated amount spent on fireworks in 2020 (73% of fireworks injuries occur within a month of July 4).
  • $6.7 Million: Value of American flags imported annually.
  • 48 Million: Number of people who travel 50+ miles from home for the 4th of July.

Survey Key Findings

  • Travel is picking up. 37% more Americans will travel this 4th of July compared to last year.
  • Fireworks aren’t essential. 62% of Americans don’t think that local governments should use taxpayer dollars for fireworks displays this year.
  • Declaring financial independence. 64% of Americans feel financially independent this 4th of July.
  • Saving vs. spending. 62% of Americans believe saving money is more patriotic than spending it.
  • More Independence Day spending. 36% of Americans are spending more money this 4th of July compared to last year.

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