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.


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