4 Top July 4th Destinations: Get Your History On

Discover history beyond the fireworks, parades and parties of July 4th. Follow freedom trails; experience the fringes of some of America’s most historic hotspots.

Go anytime to see places where Independence was fought for and won and enjoy the present-day culture as well – it’s not all about one day!

By Editor Alison Plummer


Boston, Massachusetts

Follow the Freedom Trail. Savor Seafood. Bike Mountains.

With travel writers Mara Vorhees and Rob Kristoff.

Boston’s historic heart beats strongly with stories of the past and its different neighborhoods offer up an ever-evolving dining and nightlife scene. Follow the Freedom Trail; take walking tours of the Italian North End, revolutionary Charleston and charmed Beacon Hill … for starters. But wait, Boston for mountain bikers? Saddle up for some great biking on the North Shore, Western Suburbs and Cape Cod. Find out where.

Boston, Massachusetts
Acorn Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts


Charlottesville, Virginia

Witness History. Chill with Delish Food + Wine Trails. 

With travel writers Ginger Warder and Brian Yost.

July 4th parades, action and entertainment in Washington DC are legendary. But take the road less traveled to arty, eclectic and historic Charlottesville –any day this summer. Charlottesville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is known as ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia’ for the third president’s role in the Declaration of Independence. (“All men are equal.”) Explore the significant farm-to-fork produce and dining scene and wineries. Follow the Monticello Wine Trail itinerary for Viognier and the Bordeaux-like Octagon. Learn the specifics.

Central Virginia Charlottesville
Monticello, Charlottesville, Central Virginia


New York City

Lower Manhattan: Walk 400 Years of History in A Day.

With travel writer Evelyn Kanter.

There is more to NYC than shopping, dining, and entertainment. Walk Lower Manhattan to step back in time. Begin at Battery Park, built to protect the city from the British. Tour the Statue of Liberty (inscribed July 4, 1776) and Ellis Island. Visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. See where Washington celebrated the British evacuation of its troops and Stone Street, the city’s oldest paved street. Get details here.

9/11 Memorial, Lower Manhattan, New York


Philadelphia

Freedom in the City. Fun in Upper Bucks County.

With travel writer David Langlieb.

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, so what’s not to love? Explore the city’s history trails along cobblestoned streets, revitalized with galleries, bars and artisan food producers.

Head out of town to Upper Bucks County – for good times in Washington Crossing, where George Washington left to head along the Delaware River to win the Battle of Trenton on Christmas Day 1776. Discover New Hope, a happening weekend destination for dining, music and shopping. Read more.

New Hope Bridge, Upper Bucks County


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