The Biggest Student Friendly Independence Day Celebrations

Jun 30, 2015

Travel Notes

Independence Day is just days away! We’ve found five U.S. cities that really know how to put on a show, and are ideal for next year’s performance tour or a last minute getaway for your family. Here’s what makes each of their celebrations special:


If you think Boston is a patriotic town on a normal day, wait until you see the city’s Fourth of July festivities. Boston’s independence festivities begin with Harborfest. The event celebrates Boston’s heritage as the center of the American Revolution. With over 200 events each day, your group will never find themselves with a lack of things to do. The star event of the week is the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The evening begins at 8:30 P.M. with a two hour performance by the Boston Pops, and concludes with a 30 minute firework spectacular along the Charles River. When it comes to Fourth of July spectaculars, Beantown won’t disappoint.


As you’ll likely discover during the rest of your Nashville tour, Music City knows how to put on a good show. “Let Freedom Sing – July 4 in Music City” begins in the afternoon with live concert performances in downtown Nashville. Later in the evening, the Nashville Symphony takes the stage to play synchronized music for the largest fireworks display in the country. Don’t forget to pack your cowboy boots and ten gallon hat!

New Orleans

The crescent city is not only a wonderful place for a performance tour, but also a place that knows how to celebrate America. You’ve likely seen dueling pianos before (be it in their birthplace, New Orleans, or elsewhere) but you likely haven’t seen “dueling barges.” Arrive early to find a prime spot along the Mississippi River to enjoy the 20 minute “duel” where a pair of barges will try to duplicate and out-do the other through spectacular fireworks. Les bon temps rouler!

San Diego

If you are looking to spread your wings and head to the west coast for Independence Day, then San Diego has you covered. The biggest fireworks show in the west, San Diego’s Big Bay Boom has fireworks launched from four barges on Big Bay. The USS Midway offers some of the best views on the bay, along with live entertainment and activities. Save time for a visit to the beach and the one-of-a-kind San Diego Zoo while you’re in town.

Washington, D.C.

It’s only fitting that our nation’s capital would know how to put on a memorable Independence Day celebration. Get up early to ensure you find a prime spot to watch the National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue. Later, head over to the National Mall for “A Capitol Fourth” concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and special celebrity guests. The whole production culminates with fireworks over the U.S. Capitol, accompanied by live music. If you don’t mind large crowds and a fair amount of waiting, you’re in for an Independence Day of capital proportions.

Everyone at Bob Rogers Travel wishes you and your family a happy Independence Day. To learn more about these and other options for a unique Independence Day performance tour, contact us today.

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