Amanda Lukoff: It's hard to beat the festivities that come with the 4th July. At Away.
com we've picked the top destinations to celebrate with a bang.
Philadelphia is the place to celebrate our nation's independence. The Wawa Welcome America festivities go on for almost two weeks. There's never a dull moment with parades, multiple firework shows, historical presentations and our favorite an All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival.
Everything is big in the Big Apple, including the famous Macy's 4th of July firework show. This digitally synchronized show dazzles spectators for nearly a half hour and grasp all close to 40,000 fireworks each year.
But before you find your perfect viewing spot, check out the Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest or nearby Coney Island. It's been a patriotic tradition since 1916.
C. will always be a top destination for July 4th. The entire day is full of parades, festivals and concerts, all of which are family-friendly. The celebration ends with fireworks launched over the National Mall and Washington Monument. It's certainly a spectacle to see.
For those West Coast people, Lake Tahoe's Lights on the Lake is one of the largest firework shows in the west. Plan a long weekend relaxing on the water and take in the magnificent fireworks that are launched of barges near the South Shore.
So fire up the grill, ice down some beverages and look to the night sky in observance of America's birthday.