The Check-In: 8 Top U.S. Hotels for Fourth of July Fireworks

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The Check-In: 8 Top U.S. Hotels for Fourth of July Fireworks
Fourth of July weekend is fast approaching, and you’re still searching for the spot to watch red, white, and blue burst into the sky. Whether you’re staying for the weekend or popping by for a drink, these U.S. hotels are the places to see the holiday fireworks.
By Nicoletta Richardson, AFAR Staff
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    The Liberty Hotel

    Housed inside a former 19th-century jail building, this 298-room property showcases its history in Boston with its preserved central atrium, wrought-iron work, and original bars from jail cells incorporated into the design of the onsite restaurant, Clink. See the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular from one of the suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private terrace overlooking the Charles River. Get tickets for the hotel’s annual Red, White, and Ewe Cookout, which takes place in the hotel’s private garden. At the event, New York City native chef Anthony Dawodu grills lamb dishes for guests to enjoy—from burgers to kebabs and merguez on buns.

    Don’t miss: Surrounded by walkable attractions, such as the country’s oldest park, Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and the Boston Public Market, The Liberty is a buzzing spot all year round.
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    New York City
    Conrad New York

    Located on the Hudson River in downtown Manhattan, this 463-suite hotel is in a prime spot to watch the Liberty Island fireworks across the water. Book the Hudson River Corner View Suites for unobstructed views of the show, or head up to the hotel’s rooftop bar, Loopy Doopy. The outdoor spot attracts out-of-towners and NYC locals alike with its ice pop cocktails, which are alcohol-infused flavored popsicles dipped in a glass of prosecco or rosécco.

    Don’t miss: Explore the nearby waterfront restaurants and bars (Grand Banks; Merchants River House), and take a 15-minute walk to Battery Park, where you can watch the fireworks on the lawn. If you’re in the mood for a double feature, head over to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge to watch the Macy’s fireworks on the East River.

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    The Logan

    This 391-room hotel opened its doors last December designed with local spins—from artwork by several resident artists through the Philadelphia Traction Company (an artists co-op in Philly) to locally sourced materials, including copper and stone. Guests can watch the fireworks display over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Assembly Rooftop Lounge (book the Liberty & Libations package and it’ll include a four-hour open bar, from $699).

    Don’t miss: For an even better view, take the five-minute walk to the One Liberty Observation Deck and travel up 57 floors for the fireworks going off at Penn’s Landing.
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    Washington, D.C.
    The Hay-Adams

    Opened in 1928, this Italian Renaissance-style hotel embodies its original charm with preserved walnut wainscoting and Elizabethan motifs. The Hay-Adams’s close proximity to the White House and National Mall makes it an ideal D.C. spot for viewing the annual Capitol Fourth fireworks from its rooftop terrace, Top of the Hay. Guests are invited to join the rooftop soiree, part of the hotel’s Fourth of July package, which also includes cocktails and a dessert buffet of ice creams, candies, and strawberry shortcake. From $1,249

    Don’t miss: If you’re checking in for the weekend, take advantage of the hotel’s convenient location and visit key historic landmarks nearby (Washington Monument; National WWII Memorial) and attractions (Smithsonian museums; National Geographic Society).
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    Charleston, SC
    The Restoration

    Composed of five buildings in the historic district of King Street, this new boutique hotel is making its Independence Day debut with a Red, White, and Blue event. The Restoration’s rooftop, The Watch, is the highest vantage point in Charleston, so the hotel is taking advantage of its views and throwing a party for guests to see fireworks at Patriots Point. Guests can feast on pulled pork sandwiches and brisket while listening to Charleston indie band Beach Tiger.

    Don’t miss: Just a five-minute walk from the hotel are museums filled with American history—from the Confederate Museum to the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History.
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    Mondrian South Beach

    This 330-room hotel sits right on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, where the largest fireworks display in the city happens at Bayfront Park. Starting at noon on the Fourth of July, the Mondrian is throwing a pool deck party that carries on into the night. Reserve a cabana in advance or lounge on daybeds, and sample barbeque and Independence Day-themed cocktails such as the American Beauty (frozen strawberry rose petals and rose mist) or the Stars & Stripes (gin, Blue Curacao, lemon, and honey).

    Don’t miss:
    With the Miami Design District and Wynwood Arts District within walking distance, there are plenty of sights to see over the weekend, such as the Maman Fine Art gallery and Miami Light Project theater. South Beach, with its Art Deco buildings and stretch of sand, is just a 10-minute walk down the street.
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    Las Vegas
    The Cosmopolitan

    Situated in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, this luxury resort casino is offering guests a memorable view for the Fourth of July. Nearly all of the 2,995 rooms have private terraces, showcasing clear views of The LINQ Promenade fireworks going off above the Strip. There’s plenty to do on property over the holiday weekend, including performances by Canadian-born rocker Bryan Adams and a screening of Independence Day at the property’s Boulevard Pool. Be sure to check out the Cosmopolitan’s stellar lineup of restaurants, from Jose Andres’s Jaleo to the recently opened Eggslut, an outpost of a cult favorite breakfast spot in Los Angeles.

    Don’t miss: Check out the holiday events along the Strip, like the Independence Day-themed parade that starts at Las Vegas Blvd. and ends at the High Roller, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.
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    Los Angeles
    Hotel Wilshire

    Situated along L.A.’s Miracle Mile, this 74-room property has Marina del Rey views of the city’s Independence Day fireworks. Guests are invited to see the show from the Hotel Wilshire’s top-level pool, The Roof on Wilshire, where cabanas surround the three-foot-deep dipping pool. A fire pit is stationed near cushioned couches, where guests can watch the fireworks. New Jersey-native Eric Greenspan cooks up fresh American cuisine on the rooftop, serving everything from a filet mignon to the signature Wilshire grilled cheese. And the drink menu has a specific section dedicated to mules, like the El Diablo (tequila, ginger beer, cassis float) and the classic Wilshire Mule of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.

    Don’t miss: Walk down Wilshire Avenue for some nearby attractions, including the El Rey Theatre concert landmark and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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