Fireworks + beach = a great summer party. If the strict laws governing the use of alcohol and open fire on the sand bother you, opt for one of the multitude of balconies that wrap the city’s condos. You can also set up a barbecue at a local park and really make it a party.
4. New Orleans
In New Orleans you can bar hop while you wait for the show, then stroll out of the bar with drink in hand to get a better view. The permanent party in New Orleans gets patriotic on the 4th and so should you.