There's nothing as essential for the Fourth of July as hot dogs, a cold beer and an epic and deafening fireworks display.
And while we can assure you that your family's backyard get-together is most likely the hottest on the block, there are some July 4th celebrations that are, quite frankly, better than others. One Rhode Island town's annual celebration sees eight times as many visitors during the holiday as its normal resident count; there's a reason it's called the "Most Patriotic Town in America."
Consider yourself lucky if you live near one of these patriotic destinations -- if not, you might want to consider a last-minute road trip to check out the most incredible July 4th celebrations in the United States. From Lake Tahoe to Lake Minnetonka, a Dallas suburb to the City of Brotherly Love, ring in America's birthday at one of these hotspots.
Scroll through above to see which places made our list.
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