7 Patriotic Destinations Worth a Visit This July

by Holly Riddle

Jun 30, 2018

Independence Day quickly approaches, bringing colorful fireworks, sizzling barbecues and lots of fun in the sun for most families around the United States. Some cities, however, do the celebration better than others. This year, skip the backyard get-togethers and celebrate July 4 somewhere new. Head to one of these seven patriotic destinations that honor the birth of America in high style. © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime.com

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