Family-friendly destinations for the Fourth of July

With the red, white, and blue holiday falling on a Thursday this year, revelers have the chance to take a four-day weekend to partake in patriotic festivities and enough time to plan a trip around the holiday. Whether you’re looking to watch fireworks over the skyline of a big city or carry on charming traditions in small-town USA, there’s a Vrbo fit for your long weekend.

This time of year brings out fireworks, grills, and friends and families celebrating together, and Vrbo provides a place to stay to suit everyone. Vacation rentals give you the chance to get the grill out for some classic all-American barbecuing.

Here is a collection of small towns and big cities where you can find a place to celebrate the nation’s birthday with family and friends.

Bend, Oregon

Bend celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang! The day is jam-packed with activities from the Bend Park & Recreation District Pet Parade to the watermelon-eating contest. Visitors can’t miss the legendary firework show launched from Pilot Butte that can be seen from nearly every vantage point.

Stay in this 5-bedroom home with enough room for 10 travelers, perfect for a multi-family trip.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For the quintessential Indepence Day celebration, head to America’s birthplace: Philadelphia, PA. Tour the town’s historic landmarks like the Liberty Bell to ring in the nation’s birthday before joining the festivities of the famous Wawa Welcome America festival.

Traveling with a big group? No problem for this spacious and luxurious condo that can sleep up to 20 guests.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

This mountain town is famous for the Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade, the nation’s “first” Fourth of July parade starting just after midnight. Gatlinburg is a great destination for families year-round with an abundance of kid-friendly activities and plenty to explore in the Smoky Mountains.

Rent this beautiful chalet with stunning views of the mountain range from your private deck.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio might not be the first place that comes to mind for Independence Day celebrations, but visitors and locals can enjoy festivities across the city, like the Alamo Heights annual 4th of July Parade and Independence Day at the Alamo.

This quaint home is in the heart of the city within walking distance to the San Antonio River Walk and the Pearl District.

Truckee, California

Truckee is a mountain town in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Kick off the day at the annual Truckee 4th of July Parade before a day of swimming, fishing, and more at Donner Lake. With an average high of 83 degrees in July, you can enjoy all the outdoor activities the area has to offer.

Stay in this contemporary condo with space for up to eight travelers.

St. Louis, Missouri

Fair Saint Louis is the self-proclaimed “America’s Biggest Birthday Party.” Visitors can listen to live music, watch air shows, and take part in more free family fun under the Gateway Arch. Close the day with fireworks in downtown St. Louis that light up the city’s beautiful skyline.

Enjoy the comforts of home in this craftsman-style house just a short drive from downtown.