Top 25 Cities for Celebrating Independence Day

July Fourth fireworks
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The average American household will spend $370.75 on Independence Day festivities this year — a 7 percent increase from last year, according to WalletHub.

But that doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. The website has analyzed the 100 most-populated U.S. cities to determine which offer the best balance of cost and fun.

WalletHub examined 16 factors, such as the number of Independence Day festivals and performances, and costs such as food, gas and hotels.

The 25 cities that ranked highest are:

  1. Seattle
  2. Minneapolis
  3. New Orleans
  4. Washington, D.C.
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. St. Louis
  7. San Diego
  8. Milwaukee
  9. San Francisco
  10. Orlando, Florida
  11. Madison, Wisconsin
  12. New York City
  13. Omaha, Nebraska
  14. Cincinnati
  15. Boston
  16. Baltimore
  17. Atlanta
  18. Pittsburgh
  19. Chicago
  20. Honolulu
  21. Oakland, California
  22. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  23. Denver
  24. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  25. Sacramento, California

Of course, travel is not necessary to enjoy the holiday.

Tarik Dogru, an assistant professor of hospitality finance and accounting at the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration, suggests staying local and taking advantage of free events.

Dogru tells WalletHub:

“Almost every city in the U.S. organizes, from very moderate to extravagant, a range of free events to celebrate the Fourth of July. These events include concerts, parades and, most importantly, firework displays.”

For more help celebrating, check out “9 Ways to Spark Up Your Independence Day Celebration.”

Where and how do you plan to celebrate on the Fourth of July? Share your thoughts below or over on our Facebook page.

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