The 4th of July this year should be the best holiday weekend to travel with almost half (46%) of summer travelers planning to go on vacation on Independence Day, according to Vacasa 2022 Summer Travel Trends Report. Vacasa research data also revealed the following destinations as the most popular locations for 2022: Bethany Beach, DE; Alabama Gulf Coast, AL; Outer Banks, North Carolina; Cape Cod, MA; Oregon Coast, OR.
In order to impress their guests, hotels and resorts across the country are planning spectacular fireworks displays ranging from a “Free as a Bird” experience to a “Big Bay Boom.”
Mohonk Mountain HouseNew Paltz, New York
With its picturesque setting in the Hudson Valley and situated on a private glacial lake with views of the Catskill Mountains, this Victorian castle resort offers a one-of-a-kind mountain retreat for a 4th of July celebration. With activities like tomahawk throwing, family archery, a guided boulder run, magician performances and more, families are sure to be thrilled. All guests are invited to participate in the resort parade with The Riverboat Hudson Seven Band, also joined by costumed employees and the Mohonk fire truck. After the parade, a 4th of July carnival with wine and spirits tastings for adults and cotton candy, popcorn and bouncy castles for kids will precede the water show and trumpet on the lake. A concert on the boat dock leads to the fireworks display as dusk sets in, as a peaceful reflection of brilliant colors shines from the rock ledges to the cliff-lined lake as the fireworks begin.
Nashville is known for hosting one of the biggest fireworks in the country and Noelle offers front row seats to rare bird with its annual Free as a bird live. Tickets are priced at $400 per person and include admission to Rare Bird with guaranteed rooftop seating, premium open bar, premium food and appetizer stations, fireworks cleared and live music. For those looking to stay overnight, the hotel also offers a Free as a Bird room package which includes one night stay on July 4 and two tickets to the Free as a Bird rooftop celebration and free late check out.
Kona Kai Resort & SpaSan Diego, California
A timeless treasure of San Diego Bay located at the very tip of Shelter Island, Kona Kai Resort & Spa is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day this summer. With breathtaking views of the San Diego city skyline and Coronado Naval Base, this waterfront resort invites guests to sit front row for California’s largest fireworks display, Big Bay Boom. Throughout the weekend, Kona Kai will host poolside barbecues with patriotic decor and even a steel drum band to celebrate America.
The Watergate Hotel, washington d.c.
This year, the 4th of July celebrations return to the iconic Watergate Hotel, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Watergate scandal. Top of the Gate, Watergate’s rooftop bar and lounge, offers stunning 360-degree views of some of the country’s most iconic landmarks. General Admission ticket includes: top-of-the-gate entrance; reserved seat; champagne toast; signature gourmet bites, display of hot and cold dishes; upscale open bar with liquor, wine, and beer; bottle service available at an additional cost.
Omni Mount Washington Resort – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Located at the base of beautiful Mount Washington, Omni Mount Washington Resort is surrounded by nearly 800,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest and home to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area. In honor of its 120th anniversary in July, the resort will be offering a variety of new and returning summer programs perfect for the 4th of July holiday weekend. The Annual Tribute to Freedom in Bretton Woods offers a variety of activities for each guest. Highlights of the holiday weekend include a classic campfire song at Guitarists & S’mores by the Fire and a breathtaking Fourth of July fireworks display accompanied by live music on the Presidential Lawn.
Hotel Hammets –Newport, Rhode Island
Opened in 2020, the Hammetts Hotel is located directly on the wharf in downtown Newport. Inspired by the quarters of a ship, the rooms feature nautical inspiration and modern amenities. The hotel’s unparalleled location makes it an ideal base for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the destination, encouraging the discovery of all the offerings within walking distance of the city center. With historic mansions, the Walk on the cliff and more, Newport is an incredible showcase of American history, culture, and sights. The Newport fireworks display is set to light up the harbor from 9.15pm on July 4, with a rain date of July 5.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, AZ
A historic luxury property in Scottsdale, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa will host a series of festive activities beginning Friday, July 1 with highlights including yoga classes, brunch at T. Cook’s, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, poolside festivities, patriotic music, and a grilling class with the resort’s culinary team where guests will learn how to prepare the perfect steaks and sides.
Lansdowne ResortLeesburg, Virginia
The Lansdowne Resort has hosted one of Loudoun County’s best Independence Day celebrations for decades and is exclusive to resort guests. Lansdowne celebrates America will take place on Saturday, July 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Throughout the weekend, guests will find live music at Fanny’s Garden, lawn games and poolside activities as well as options to rest, relax and enjoy the vacation. The annual fireworks display kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp and guests can bring a blanket or lawn chair and claim a spot on the driving range to enjoy the celebrations.
Turtle Bay ComplexKahuku, Hawaii
On Sunday, July 3, Turtle Bay Resort will host Ohana Day featuring Eli-Mac, Kimié Miner, Paula Fuga, Yoza and DJ Keala Kennelly along with food, libations and a magnificent fireworks display at night. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the concert at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $30 at the door.