5 Fabulous, Lesser Known 4th of July Destinations Thanks to American Coach
Fourth of July celebrations are right around the corner! The national holiday recognizes the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted during the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, PA.
For RVers and those who love to travel, Independence Day is an exciting time to visit some of the best sights, sounds, and stops of the year. And, while the East Coast is rich with “independence” locations, there are also a plethora of significant museums, attractions, activities, and fireworks displays throughout the country that are perfect for a 4th of July celebration.
I always enjoy working with American Coach (an ultra-luxury brand of recreational vehicles that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary) because they keep me up to speed when it comes to recommended road stops throughout the U.S. It seems I’m always stuck on the “beach life” when I plan vacations but RV’ing across the country and viewing all the great spots the United States has to offer is super fun too!
Here is a great list (see below) of must-see places recommended by American Coach that have been selected based on their historic, patriotic, or All-American flair.
5 Fabulous, Lesser Known Fourth of July Destinations
1.Kaboom Town!, Addison, TX
Everything is bigger in Texas, so it is not surprising that on July 3 there’s a “best of” fireworks show that lasts for a solid 30 minutes just outside of Dallas. Spectacular views can be found throughout Addison but one of the best ways to take in the show is to book a watch party at a local restaurant or hotel. The parties typically include live music and special Fourth of July morsels and libations, served with a side of festivities.
RVers can stay overnight at Sandy Lake MH & RV Resort near Dallas. The resort’s amenities include a dog park, fitness center and swimming pool.
2.National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Near Dayton, OH
Located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the free National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest military aviation museum. The museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts.
RVers can spend the night at Thousand Trails – Wilmington RV Resort. The resort has 170 acres of premiere camping along with an on-site lake that provides opportunities to fish and canoe.
3.Let Freedom Sing!, Nashville, TN
Known as America’s home to country music, downtown Nashville is hosting a free Let Freedom Sing! event that includes a concert by three-time, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Brad Paisley. The city is also putting on its largest fireworks show ever, synchronized to live music from the Nashville Symphony.
Located on a peninsula with views of Percy Priest Lake, RVers can spend the night at Elm Hill RV Resort, which offers full hook-up sites and a number of other amenities. Guests can also rent boats, kayaks and paddleboards to explore Percy Priest Lake.
4.AmericaFest, Pasadena, CA
AmericaFest, held at the Rose Bowl Stadium, promises to deliver the largest Fourth of July fireworks display west of the Mississippi. The day-long event is a celebration of all things red, white, and blue and includes tailgating, live entertainment, motorcycle stunt show, and a world-renowned fireworks show.
RVers can stay overnight at Orangeland RV Park conveniently located nearby a number of Anaheim attractions.
5.Columbia State Historic Park, CA
While the Gold Rush produced great wealth for some, it also transformed the United States. As miners rushed in, the population of California swelled, helping to accelerate its admission to the Union as the 31st state.
Two years after gold was found in 1848 at Sutter’s Mill, the town of Columbia was established. Today, visiting Columbia State Historic Park is like traveling back in time. Visitors are surrounded by the largest collection of gold-rush-era structures in the state of California. Merchants are dressed in 1850s attire, there is the smell of coal smoke from the blacksmith shop, and the rumble of a stagecoach as it arrives in town. Stroll down Main Street, stop in the vintage shops and eateries or try to strike it rich by panning for gold.
Columbia is one of three gold-rush towns clustered together on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park, which is famous for its giant sequoias, dramatic waterfalls, and granite cliffs.
RVers can stay overnight at Black Oak Casino and Resort – a perfect home base for visiting Yosemite and touring the “Gold Country.”