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The summer is officially here, and somehow it’s already time to think about Independence Day. This year the Fourth of July falls on a Friday, so be sure to get in plenty of fun and sun during the rare holiday three-day weekend. Of course Fireworks are on the menu, so here’s ten of the best options in ten of the biggest cities across the United States:
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just days away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around San Francisco to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
It seems like the best places to ring in the New Year are cities on the water, because after all—that’s a great place to check out the fireworks as the countdown reaches midnight. Over in San Francisco there’s plenty of different ways to celebrate the beginning of 2014, and none of them involve crowding around a ball the drops from the top of building.
For those looking for some music to welcome the New Year there’s always what’s going on over at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Moby is in town for one night only, and he’s starting things up on December 31 and he’s not stopping until well into January 1. Tickets start at $200 per person for general admission, but that does include a premium hosted bar between 9pm and 2am.
If you’re going with a bunch of friends—or your grandma—you can buy things in sets of four for just $150 per person. There’s views of the Golden Gate Bridge, promises of live art installations, and over 60 bartenders to ensure your cup is filled at all times.
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Miami to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
With sunshine, sand, and stunning surroundings Miami is a great place to ring in the New Year. They certainly have something for everyone, as it’s a perfect place to do your thing among the beautiful people at various clubs, hotels, and bars. At the same time they have plenty of traditional stuff to do, as it’s easy to find some fireworks along the water.
For those looking for more of a club scene to welcome 2014 you can pretty much just make your way along the main strip in South Beach, and you’ll see plenty of options. At Nikki Beach Miami they’re celebrating with what they’re calling Glitz and Glam, and it can all be yours for just $100 per person. That includes private fireworks at midnight, a champagne toast, and a chance to overpay for drinks all night long—we kid, we kid. Other nightclub options include an open bar over at SET for $150 per person including three hours of open bar, and W Hotel South Beach is doing stuff at both of their clubs Wet and Wall—with the fun at the latter location going on to 5am.
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Los Angeles to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
With sprawling suburbs and events in each, there’s plenty of spots to ring in the New Year around LA. That makes it difficult to just pick that one perfect spot to welcome 2014, as there are several different firework displays from which to choose.
You could always climb aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach for one last (fake) cruise to end 2013. There will be different ports of call—in theory—and upon the arrival at each port the ship’s horn will blow as an announcement is made to welcome guests to the next stop on their journey. Signature cocktails are available to get you in the mood for your visits to India, Brazil, and New York City before the fireworks. Boarding passes start at just $99.
It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in Chicago to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
The Second City knows how to ring in the New Year, and with the lakefront as a backdrop it’s a great spot to launch some fireworks into the sky. Navy Pier is where you'll want to be at midnight, but we’d probably recommend getting there a little bit earlier than that—of course you need time to scope out the best spot.
It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in Boston to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
In a city on the water it’s always a safe bet that some fireworks will be on hand to celebrate a big occasion, and that’s the case over in Boston. The city does the fireworks thing each and every year on New Year’s Eve, as they look to welcome in another 365 days with a bang.
2014 will be no different, and now’s the time to start planning where you’ll check out the pyrotechnic display. Boston Common, Memorial Drive, and Boston Harbor are all great places to check out the display, but of course there’s an official way to welcome 2014 as well.
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Haven't yet made plans for USA's birthday celebrations next week? If your palms just got sweaty and you panicked a little bit, we've got you covered with our picks of the best ways to ring in the 237th year this fine country has been a republic.
Maybe you just convinced your boss to give you the long Fourth of July weekend off or maybe you simply need a getaway; whatever the reason, so long as you're looking to get your year's fill of fireworks, hot dogs and potato salad, these are the places for you:
With Independence Day arriving next week, this weekend will be prime time for purchasing fireworks to celebrate July 4. Because every state decides its own fireworks policywith some banning the sale of fireworks entirelythere's often an increase in road trips with the express purpose of loading up the back of a pick-up with those red, white, and blue boxes of sparkle power.
In case you were hoping to do some firework shopping and then fly home, the TSA issued their annual "no fireworks allowed" warning on the official TSA blog. Wondering what exactly is banned? Here's a list:
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When a city is situated on a body of water, be it an ocean, lake or river, we can appreciate when it uses said body of water to form the city's identity. Take for instance, Brisbane. Brisbane River in this, Australia's third largest city, winds through the CBD and has become as much part of the city as the people that call it home. So why not set it on fire in a festival called Riverfire?
Although Brisbane has a sordid past with the river from various catastrophic floods through its history, the river is not actually set a-light. Part of a larger festival (aptly name Brisbane Festival), Riverfire celebrates the Brisbane River itself and acts as a grand finale for various celebrations throughout the city. The giant firework show that uses bridges, buildings and barges as its stage make for an awe-inspiring experience.
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Bonjour! We're spending a couple of weeks hanging out in a gorgeous French village in the hills of the Côte Roannaise, an hour or so west of Lyon, near the town of Roanne.
Andsurprise!it was Bastille Day last week, the French version of July 4th or [insert your home country's national day here], which is officially called La Fête Nationale.
Did you know that Bastille Day doesn't actually commemorate the storming of the Bastille? No, really. It's a commemoration of the commemoration of the storming of the Bastille, a year after the Bastille done got stormed in 1789.
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Well, there's definitely one US city that won't make the next list for Foursquare's most firework-crazy cities, mainly because people didn't even have the chance to check in to the event in San Diego before a major fireworks fail.
Last night, San Diego's "Big Bay Boom" pyrotechnics show suffered a technical glitch that caused all fireworks to go off at once, 5 minutes before showtime. Grab a can of soda from the fridge and you'd have missed it; the display only lasted ten seconds before all fizzled out.
LA Weekly was one of the first news outlets to publish a story on the FAIL last night, even including that the Port of San Diego was quick to issue an apology via their Twitter account. Of course this negative event now has a positive spin: videos of the fireworks blast are going viral online.
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It's almost time to make the drive to your favorite fireworks display, set up the folding chairs and light the sparklers for the Fourth of July. And it's not just you that's excited. Location-based social networking app Foursquare is psyched for the BBQ, beachside and beer store check-ins coming their way this week and they've just shared with us the most popular cities (and other places) from past Independence Days.
Let's see the stats:
Most Firework-crazy cities*
· Cadillac, MI
· Glens Falls, NY
· Auburn, NY
· Laconia, NH
· Milledgeville, GA
· Coffeyville, KS
· Whitewater, WI
· Astoria, OR
· Hudson, NY
· Keene, NH