The 10 Best Cities for July 4 Celebration Doesn't Include New York or Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Making plans to travel for July 4th weekend? If your aim is to attend a legendary Fourth of July to-do, you may want to head to the Midwest. Many cities there offer better Independence Day experiences than even New York or Washington, D.C., two of the more common cities known for big celebrations.

With the national holiday falling on a Saturday this year, workers across the country will be starting their holiday weekends early on Friday (markets are closed). But the question is where to go to get the most for your money on July 4 weekend?

WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun. The analysis took into consideration 14 different metrics such as the duration of fireworks shows, average gas prices, the number of festivals and performances, weather forecasts, hotel costs, and more.

So which cities are the best for celebrating Independence Day? The answer may surprise you.

 

10. St. Petersburg, Fla.
Entertainment and Food Rank: 65
Attractions and Activities Rank: 12
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 41

St. Petersburg ranked tenth best city to experience July 4 on WalletHub's list.

Going to St. Petersburg for July 4? Residents and visitors can experience fireworks at a variety of locations. Don't forget the 4th of July Rowdies Block Party at Al Lang Stadium, where Tampa Bay's professional soccer team plays.

9. Atlanta
Entertainment and Food Rank: 48
Attractions and Activities Rank: 17
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 33


Atlanta ranked ninth best city to experience July 4 on WalletHub's list.

Going to Atlanta for July 4? WalletHub counts 19 different Fourth of July festivals and performances, among the attractions, happening around the city to celebrate, starting with the Atlanta's July 4 celebration at Centennial Olympic Park. The Georgia Aquarium is also hosting a Red, White & Brew celebration. Here's a calendar with more Atlanta events in July.

 

 

8. Madison, Wisc.
Entertainment and Food Rank: 4
Attractions and Activities Rank: 5
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 66

Madison ranked eighth best city to experience July 4 on WalletHub's list. Madison also ranked fifth best for the most accommodations and food services establishments per capita.

Going to Madison for July 4? WalletHub counts 11 different events going on around town for the holiday. Here's a link on where to see fireworks near Madison.

 

 

 

7. San Diego
Entertainment and Food Rank: 67
Attractions and Activities Rank: 18
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 5

San Diego ranked seventh best city to experience July 4 on WalletHub's list. The city tied for fifth place with San Francisco for the best weather forecast for July 4.

Going to San Diego for July 4? WalletHub counts 21 different festivals and performances among the attractions to celebrate the holiday. Check out fireworks at The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show.

 

6. Irvine, Calif.
Entertainment and Food Rank: 82
Attractions and Activities Rank: 13
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 7

Irvine, Calif., ranked sixth best city to experience July 4 on WalletHub's list.

Going to Irvine for July 4? Here's a link to holiday events happening in Orange County, Calif.

 

 

5. San Francisco
Entertainment and Food Rank: 55
Attractions and Activities Rank: 20
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 5

San Francisco ranked fifth best city to experience July 4 on WalletHub's list. The Golden Gate City tied with Oakland, Calif. and Fremont, Calif., for the most accommodations and food services establishments per capita. It also tied for fifth best city for July 4 weather, along with San Diego.

Going to San Francisco for July 4? WalletHub counts 15 different festivals, performances, among the attractions to celebrate the holiday. Check out the fireworks over the bay by watching along the waterfront or on a dinner cruise boat.

 

4. Portland, Ore.
Entertainment and Food Rank: 70
Attractions and Activities Rank: 8
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 16

Portland, Ore., ranked fourth best city to experience July 4 on WalletHub's list.

Going to Portland for July 4? WalletHub counts 12 different festivals and performances, among the attractions to celebrate the holiday. Check out Portland events for the month of July.

3. St. Paul, Minn.
Entertainment and Food Rank: 70
Attractions and Activities Rank: 8
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 16

St. Paul, Minn., ranked third best city to experience July 4 on WalletHub's list. It also ranked the best city for July 4 weather.

Going to St. Paul for July 4? WalletHub counts three different festivals and performances, among the attractions to celebrate the holiday in Minnesota's capital. St. Paul's annual July 4th fireworks display will be held following the St. Paul Saints Baseball game at CHS Field.

 


2. Seattle
Entertainment and Food Rank: 60
Attractions and Activities Rank: 9
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 8

Seattle ranked second best city to experience July 4 on WalletHub's list.

Going to Seattle for July 4? WalletHub counts five different festivals and performances, among the attractions, to celebrate the holiday. Check out Seattle events for the month of July.

 

 

1. Minneapolis
Entertainment and Food Rank: 72
Attractions and Activities Rank: 1
Fourth of July Weather Forecast Rank: 2

And the best city on WalletHub's list to experience July 4 is Minneapolis.

Going to Minneapolis for July 4? WalletHub counts three different festivals and performances, among the attractions, to celebrate the holiday.

Feel like getting some exercise before gorging on BBQ and sweet summery treats? There are still a few days left to register for the Red, White & Boom half marathon.

There are at least seven places to watch fireworks and tons of other events happening in Minneapolis for our nation's birthday.

 

 

 

 

 

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