While watching Fourth of July fireworks displays ground-level from a beach chair or picnic blanket isn’t a bad way to go, there’s nothing quite like that view from above, preferably while sipping something bubbly. Here’s a look at some of our favorite hotel bars and terraces around the country to view Fourth of July fireworks from — plus holiday weekend rates in case you want to make it a staycation.
Fort Worth, Texas
Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the fireworks. Don’t miss Fort Worth’s Fourth, an family friendly celebration held each year at Panther Island Pavilion, where things kick off with food and live music at 6 p.m. and the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Dodge the crowds by catching the show from The Sinclair’s Wicked Rooftop Bar over shared plates of freshly shucked oysters, fanciful desserts and creative cocktails.
If you decide to stay: Rates start at $162 a night over Fourth of July weekend.
Sit back and enjoy panoramic views of the capital’s epic 17-minute fireworks show from The Conrad Washington D.C.’s rooftop bar Summit, all while feasting on locally sourced dishes like Chesapeake hard clams, fish tacos or solar-oven slow-cooked house pork BBQ. Sip Champagne or celebrate Independence Day with hand crafted cocktails, beer sourced from local breweries or vino produced by women winemakers.
If you decide to stay: Rates start at $389 a night over Fourth of July weekend.
Want to watch a spectacular Walt Disney World Resort fireworks show without dealing with the theme park crowds? Head to the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa’s new rooftop lounge, illume, grab some contemporary Japanese fare and enjoy the show from a distance, craft cocktail in hand.
If you decide to stay: Rates start at $288 a night over Fourth of July weekend.
Cape Coral, Florida
In Southwest Florida, just a 20-minute drive from Fort Myers, Cape Coral is celebrating the Fourth of July with its legendary Red, White & Boom event, complete with a full day of family friendly activities, a themed 5K, musical performances and fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. Book a recently renovated room with a private terrace at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village for your own personal front-row seat to the fireworks festivities, or book a two-night stay for complimentary shuttle service to and from the festival.
If you decide to stay: Rates start at $302 a night over Fourth of July weekend.
Charleston, South Carolina
If you’re in the Charleston area, don’t miss the Patriots Point Fireworks Blast, hosted by the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and featuring local food trucks and live music starting at 6 p.m. Area hotels are getting in on the action, too, with the French Quarter Inn offering guests free Southern-style treats like freshly baked cookies and hand-crafted chocolates, and the HarbourView Inn offering guest-only access to its recently renovated rooftop terrace.
If you decide to stay: Over Fourth of July weekend, rates at the French Quarter Inn start at $539 a night, while rates at the HarbourView Inn start at $569 a night.