July Fourth CelebrationsGalavante Confidential – Happy Birthday, America
Oh, say can you see… the spectacular fireworks displays we’ve curated for thee. The Fourth of July will always hold a special place in our hearts. Not only is it a socially acceptable opportunity to consume copious amounts of hot dogs and beer, but it’s also one of the rare occasions to watch seriously kick-ass fireworks. Here are our top picks for pyrotechnics, from sea to shining sea. Happy birthday, America.
The scoop: The birthplace of the American Revolution deserves a worthy Independence Day celebration, and the 40th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular delivers just that. Join half a million fans on the Charles River Esplanade to watch the sky come alive. How d’ya like them apples?
While you’re here: If you want to be mere blocks from the revelry, book a suite at the posh Mandarin Oriental. And reserve yourself a table at West Bridge Restaurant, Puritan & Company, or one of Chef Ken Oringer’s restaurants, including Toro and Coppa.
City: Washington, D.C.
The scoop: Celebrate the most patriotic of holidays in the most patriotic of cities – our nation’s capital. Watch in awe as fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and twinkling elephants and donkeys harmoniously (gasp!) come together in the sky.
While you’re here: Play president for the day at the St. Regis – every last one of them has stayed here since Coolidge cut the ceremonial ribbon. Don’t forget to ask your personal butler to reserve a table for you at Fiola for the best lobster ravioli in the country. (There – we said it.)
The scoop: The Windy City makes our Independence Day hot list thanks to its parties all over town, including fireworks set to music at Navy Pier and concerts like the African Caribbean International Festival of Life. That’s just the beginning – the rest of July is one big groove fest, with the Ravinia Festival and Taste of Chicago at Grant Park.
While you’re here: Unwind in the lap of luxury at the Waldorf Astoria. Ask the concierge to make you a rezzie at Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill or Topolobampo. If you’re lucky, you might even spot Obama and the First Lady.
The scoop: This quaint Southern city is the land of the free and the home of the horsedrawn carriages. While it may not immediately come to mind as a July 4th destination, Southerners do know how to throw a party. And what’s more American than sipping spiked lemonade at an old-fashioned picnic at Rousakis Plaza by day, and watching Fireworks on the River Extravaganza by night?
While you’re here: Reserve a room at the new Andaz for modern digs in the Historic District. But when it comes to food, keep it old-school with fried chicken and biscuits at Mrs. Wilkes or almond-sesame-crusted fish at Elizabeth on 37th.
City: New Orleans
The scoop: Mardi Gras isn’t the only time The Big Easy pulls out all the party stops. Celebrate at Go Fourth on the River, which features dueling barges that launch fireworks in the middle of the Mississippi. Louisiana didn’t celebrate the country’s independence until 25 years after the fact, but NOLA is doing a great job making up for lost time.