Since July 4, 1777 -- the first birthday of the United States of America -- fireworks have been a part of our nation’s celebratory fabric. The Congressionally-sponsored fireworks were commissioned to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and delivered a rousing light show to the colonists in a patriotic pyrotechnic display. At the conclusion of the very first 4th of July celebration, 13 rocket fireworks were launched into the air -- one for each of the 13 original colonies.
Today, the tradition continues nearly 240 years later. However, what was once 13 colonies has grown to 50 states -- each with their own way of celebrating America’s birthday. Here are our picks for five of the most astounding and entertaining fireworks displays scattered throughout the U.S. read more »
New York City explodes each Independence Day with holiday festivities, with everything from daytime walking tours and historic reenactments to the nation’s largest nighttime fireworks display, which will launch this year from the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge and three barges on the East River. The annual Macy’s fireworks extravaganza is as iconic and anticipated as the Thanksgiving Day Parade and, like the parade, is broadcast nationally and full of star-studded entertainment. This year’s spectacle will be especially festive in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” read more »
Between Busch Gardens, multiple aquariums, the Lowry Park Zoo and several other Tampa Bay attractions, you’ll work up quite the appetite exploring this beautiful city. When the summer sun directs your palate to cold drinks and fresh seafood, CityPASS won’t lead you astray. We’ve listed the top 5 seafood spots in Tampa, so you can take in all that the waters of the Atlantic have to offer. read more »
As you make your way through the numerous unique Chicago attractions, you’ll also be be making way for a mean appetite. Luckily, you’ll probably find yourself running into a familiar aroma specific to the region, a distinct smell that may be hard to escape. read more »
Your kids are wiggling and giggling, the sun is shining this summer, and there isn’t anything going to stand in your way of enjoying an awesome family vacation in Seattle. There’s so much to love about this city: It’s youthful, energetic and friendly. It has a Super Bowl champion’s swagger (yay, Seahawks!); gentle Puget Sound breezes that stave off the heat; the country’s heartiest coffee; and fresh seafood that will knock your socks off. And that famous rain? Seattle has less rainfall per year than either New York or Washington, D.C. (though it can get eternally gray in the winter). read more »