Top Fourth of July Party Destinations

Fourth of July Party

The Fourth of July is traditionally an opportunity for families to come together in the middle of summer and celebrate with feasts, friends and fireworks. But if you're looking for a different take on the holiday and you'd rather have a wild good time than picnic on the lawn, you're in luck. Not every Fourth of July celebration focuses on kids and family-friendly events. If you like your holidays a little more rocking and you want an excuse to party, you can have all the fun you want and still not miss out on a little nostalgia and fireworks. Celebrate America's birthday in style at any of these locations and you'll have a holiday to remember.

Las Vegas

Vegas vacations are a good time year round, and the Fourth of July is no exception. If you're trying to make it on the cheap, you can find free concerts in the open throughout the weekend, and you can even take your pick of country bands or classic rock all three days at the Freemont Street Experience. Looking for something a little more modern? Several districts downtown have alternative rock, popular DJs and more putting on a show for free outdoors, which means you'll be able to see the fireworks from all over the city. So if you want to show your patriotism but you'd rather be rocking out than chilling out on a picnic blanket with the family, you have plenty of options! Take it indoors to any of countless concerts or dance events going on over the Fourth weekend. Rent one of our Las Vegas condominiums near the strip and you can even walk almost anywhere you'll want to go.

South Padre Island

You'll be rubbing shoulders with a lot of partygoers if you go down to Padre for the Fourth, but by holiday standards it's still rather spacious. There are fireworks every Friday and a fantastic display on the Fourth itself, so you won't have to miss out on tradition if you don't want to. But the beaches of Padre are hopping all summer long, with college kids and the young at heart coming from all over the country to party on the sand late into the night. Between parades during the day and Padre's usual wild nightlife, your days and nights will be full of fun. Rent a South Padre Island beach cottage if you like days in the sun, or choose a South Padre condo rental to stay as close to the clubs as you want.


Miami offers some of the absolute best beach nightlife, and the Fourth of July celebrations are no exception. No matter what kind of music you go for – rap, reggae, or techno - you'll find someplace to get your groove on in Miami. If you're bold enough, you can even get free drinks at some bars if you show up in your bikini! Only in Miami will you find some of these truly unique parties, like the annual DAYGLOW event where patrons get splashed with glowing paint as they dance the night away. Since Independence Day falls on a weekend this year, people come from near and far to have a Fourth of July celebration to remember, going from one party to the next all weekend long. Find a condo rental in downtown Miami and you'll be just a short taxi ride from the action.

San Diego

Although San Diego no longer allows alcohol on the beach, you can be sure that people still come from all over the state to party it up here over the Fourth of July weekend. You'll find beach bonfires and downtown raves, beer gardens and firework-lit block parties. And since San Diego is a great destination no matter when you visit, you won't run out of things to do no matter how long you stay – the city boasts outstanding shopping and incredible people-watching. Stroll outside at night to catch some of the best fireworks in the state. Whether you get invited to an ultra-exclusive event or are just taking in the sights with a group of your friends, the fun never stops in San Diego. Be responsible and stay in a San Diego rental home within walking distance of the beach or downtown, wherever you plan to spend your time.


Spending the holiday with your kids? Then read about kid-friendly Fourth of July celebrations. Or read on for more 4th of July Vacation Ideas.