Four Small Towns with Big-Time Fourth of July Celebrations

by Country Inns & Suites
Friday, June 13, 2014

The Fourth of July is one of the most popular travel weekends in the United States. Folks travel to celebrate with family and friends, as well as enjoy a variety of festivities. The big cities and popular beach towns can become incredibly crowded this time of the year, which can sometimes lead to a stressful vacation. Consider vacationing at one of these alternative Independence Day destinations this year for a trip that’s fun, relaxing, and still full of patriotic activities. You won’t be disappointed!


Port Clinton, Ohio

Port Clinton is located near the shores of Lake Erie, and is just a quick ferry ride from Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay. This historic, all-American town is perfect for a patriotic getaway. Head to Waterworks Park and East Park Street for several fun, free events. Independence Day activities include a Firecracker Cutie contest, an ice cream social, live music, a parade, fireworks, and more! You can also enjoy a thrilling day at the nearby Cedar Point Amusement Park. Book your stay at our charming Port Clinton hotel today!

St. Augustine, Florida

How many people can say they’ve watched Fourth of July fireworks from a lighthouse in one of the oldest inhabited places in the country? Contact the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum for tickets far in advance of your stay and prepare for an unforgettable holiday weekend. Historical relics, pristine beaches, and authentic cuisine will complete your Independence Day getaway. You can easily explore the charm and history of this city, and all its holiday celebrations, from our St. Augustine hotel.

Wamego, Kansas

This small town has been putting on the one of the biggest and best fireworks displays in the Midwest for over 140 years! Their long weekend celebrations include a carnival, parade, antique tractor and car show, and live music ranging from country to classic rock. For a full schedule of events and suggestions on what to bring, check out the Wamego Fireworks website. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Topeka West is just a short drive down the road and is ready to welcome you with a chocolate chip cookie and a comfortable bed each evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

Lake Union, Seattle, WA

Lake Union is a terrific destination for families of all ages. The popular Seafair Summer Fourth celebration takes place at Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park each year. The kids will enjoy all-American games, such as pie eating contests and sack races, in a festival-style atmosphere at Gas Works Park. The day’s entertainment, including live music and fireworks, will take place at nearby Lake Union Park. There will also be plenty of food and service vendors to keep the party going all day. Book your stay just outside of Seattle at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bothell.

Pack your red, white, and blue outfits and head to one of these fun destinations for a Fourth of July weekend you’ll never forget. These small towns know how to put on big-time Independence Day celebrations that you’ll be talking about for weeks after your trip. In fact, we bet you’ll want to go back year after year!