This year’s Fourth of July is set to be the top holiday weekend to travel with nearly half (46%) of summer travelers planning to vacation over Independence Day, according to Vacasa’s 2022 Summer Travel Trends report. Vacasa’s search data also revealed the following destinations as the most popular spots for 2022: Bethany Beach, DE; Alabama Gulf Coast, AL; Outer Banks, NC; Cape Cod, MA; Oregon Coast, OR.
In order to impress their guests, hotels and resorts throughout the country are planning spectacular fireworks displays ranging from a “Free as a Bird” experience to a “Big Bay Boom.”
Mohonk Mountain House, New 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 provides a one-of-a-kind mountain retreat for a Fourth of July celebration. With activities like tomahawk throwing, family archery, a guided rock scramble, performances by a magician and more, families will have no shortage of excitement. All guests are welcome to march in the resort’s parade with The Hudson Seven Riverboat Marching Band, joined also by employees in costume and the Mohonk Fire truck. Following the parade, a Fourth of July Carnival with wine and spirits tastings for adults and cotton candy, popcorn and bounce castles for kids will precede the Water Show and Trumpet Across the Lake. A boat dock concert leads into the fireworks display as dusk settles, while a peaceful reflection of brilliant color glows from rocky ledges to cliff-bound lake as the fireworks display begins.
Noelle, Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is known for hosting one of the biggest fireworks display in the country and Noelle is offering front row seats at Rare Bird with its annual Free as a Bird experience. Tickets are priced at $400 per person and include admission to Rare Bird with guaranteed rooftop seating, a top-shelf open bar, premium food and appetizer stations, unobstructed fireworks viewing and live music. For those looking to stay the night, the hotel is also offering a Free as a Bird room package which includes overnight accommodations on the Fourth of July and two tickets to the Free as a Bird rooftop celebration and complimentary late check-out.
Kona Kai Resort & Spa, San Diego, California
A timeless San Diego Bay treasure situated at the very tip of Shelter Island, Kona Kai Resort & Spa is the ideal place to celebrate Independence Day this summer. With uninterrupted views of the San Diego city skyline and the Coronado naval base, this waterfront resort invites guests to grab a front row seat for the California’s largest fireworks display, Big Bay Boom. All weekend long, Kona Kai will be hosting poolside BBQs with patriotic decor and even a steel drum band to celebrate America.
The Watergate Hotel, Washington, DC
This year the Fourth of July celebrations are back at the iconic Watergate Hotel, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of the Watergate Scandal. Top of the Gate, The Watergate’s rooftop bar and lounge, boasts commanding 360-degree views of some of the country’s most iconic landmarks. General admission ticket includes: entrance to top of the gate; reserved seating; champagne toast; signature gourmet passed bites, hot and cold food display; premium open bar with spirits, wine and beer; bottle service available at additional cost.
Omni Mount Washington Resort – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Located at the base of stunning Mount Washington, Omni Mount Washington Resort is surrounded by nearly 800,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest and is home to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area. In honor of its 120th anniversary in July, the resort will be featuring a variety of new and returning summer programming perfect for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Annual Salute to Freedom at Bretton Woods offers a variety of activities for every guest. Highlights of the holiday weekend include a sing-along to classic campfire songs at Guitarists & S’mores by the Fire and a breathtaking Fourth of July fireworks display accompanied by live music on the Presidential Lawn.
Hammetts Hotel – Newport, Rhode Island
Opened in 2020, Hammetts Hotel is located directly on the Wharf in the center of town in Newport. Modeled after a ship’s quarters, the rooms feature nautical inspiration and modern amenities. The hotel’s unparalleled location makes it an ideal home base for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the destination, encouraging discovery of all the offerings just steps away from downtown. With historic mansions, the Cliff Walk and more, Newport is an incredible display of American history, culture and sights. Newport’s fireworks display is scheduled to light up the harbor beginning at 9:15 p.m. Fourth of July, with a rain date on July 5.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona
A historic luxury Scottsdale property, Royal Palms Resort and Spa will host an array of celebratory activities beginning Friday, July 1 with highlights including yoga classes, brunch at T. Cook’s, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, pool festivities, patriotic music and a grilling class with the resort’s culinary team where guests will learn how to make the perfect steaks and sides.
Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, Virginia
Lansdowne Resort has been home to 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 to 9 p.m. Throughout the weekend guests will find live music at Fanny’s Garden, lawn games and poolside activities plus options to rest, relax and enjoy the holiday. The annual firework show will launch promptly at 9 p.m. and guests can bring a blanket or lawn chair and claim a spot on the driving range to enjoy the celebrations.
Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Hawaii
On Sunday, July 3 Turtle Bay Resort will host Ohana Day with Eli-Mac, Kimié Miner, Paula Fuga, Yoza and DJ Keala Kennelly along with food, libations and a beautiful fireworks show at night. Doors will open at 3 p.m. with the concert beginning at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $30 at the door.