Which city has the best Fourth of July fireworks spectacular? No doubt there's some city pride about who has the best display of national jubilation. But as patriotism and pure experience goes, can it really get any better than lying on a picnic blanket on your back under the summer sky on the mall in Washington, D.C.? Doesn't seem possible.
No matter where you are this Fourth of July, it's always a rat race to the get that primo spot. You can end up fighting with people or having to stake out that prime real estate all day long. Then there's the whole do-it-yourself meal situation. If you're not into carting picnic food and hauling booze to wherever you're planning on watching the fireworks there's another plan: a restaurant.
The Daily Meal called restaurants in cities across the U.S. to find spots with great views and grub. These places are all near the fireworks celebrations in their cities (or claimed to have good views of them), and said you can still get in (as of publication, at least).
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Charles River starts at 10:30 p.m. Top of the Hub is the obvious choice given its view of the city, for $200, you can watch fireworks while eating a five-course meal (21 and over). But there are plenty of other places worth trying (and they won't be quite as, well, Top of the Hub-esque). At Dante there's a "great, but partial view'" party with wristbands that allow you to come and go ($75 a head, $45 12 and under) at this "American-Italian barbecue." You can also try Bar Lola. (Photo courtesy Flickr/Oscalito)
As the Sun Times reported, there will be no city-run July 3rd or July 4th fireworks in Chicago this year. (Thank former Mayor Richard M. Daley who made the decision in an effort to reverse $7 million in festival losses.) But there will be a 15 minute show at 9 p.m. at Navy Pier paid for by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. Check out the following five restaurants: The Billy Goat Tavern, Riva, Harry Caray's Tavern, and Capi's Italian Kitchen. (Photo courtesy Flickr/xersti)
The Las Vegas Sun reports that eight casinos are planning fireworks displays for the July 4th weekend. On Sunday at 9:15 p.m., Caesars will shoot fireworks atop its Roman Tower. On Monday at 9 p.m., Mandalay Bay is hosting a concert with Mystic Roots and a fireworks display ($25 cover) at Mandalay Bay Beach. The Hilton will host an invitation-only viewing party at its pool on Monday night for its fireworks display but it's supposedly also visible from near the sports book entrance. On July 4th at 9 p.m., Station Casinos will feature fireworks at five of its properties around the Las Vegas Valley (Green Valley Ranch, Aliante Station, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho, and Texas Station). Of course, Top of the World in the Stratosphere has a heck of a view too. Some restaurant suggestions include: Voodoo Steak & Lounge, Mon Ami Gabi, Green Valley Ranch, Aliante Station, Texas Station. (Photo courtesy Flickr/danperry.com)