With 87% of Americans planning to celebrate the 4th of July this year – and spending expected to reach $9.5 billion – the personal-finance website WalletHub today has determined 2023’s Best and Worst Places for 4th of July Celebrations.
Of course, one Florida city made the “best” list and one Florida city made the “worst” list. That seems to be par for the course these days with these reports.
To determine the best places to celebrate the most star-spangled occasion, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun. The data set of 18 key metrics ranges from average beer and wine prices to the duration of fireworks shows to the Fourth of July weather forecast.
The Top 10 best cities to celebrate July 4 are:
- Los Angles, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- New York, NY
- Las Vegas, NV
- Seattle, WA
- San Diego, CA
- Orlando, FL
- Dallas, TX
- San Antonio, TX
- Milwaukee, WI
Oddly enough, the nation’s capitol fell just outside the Top 10. Washington, DC, was ranked 11th.
Miami ranked 35th. Jacksonville is 45th. St. Petersburg is 54th. Tampa is 78th. Hialeah was the lowest-ranked city, coming in 97th – just four places from the bottom (which was Birmingham, AL).
Some other July 4 figures determined by WalletHub:
- $9.5 Billion: Amount Americans plan to spend on 4th of July food.
- 150 Million: Number of hot dogs eaten each 4th of July.
- $3 Billion: Amount Americans plan to spend on 4th of July beer and wine.
- $2.7 Billion: Estimated amount spent on fireworks in 2022 (74% of fireworks injuries occur within a month of July 4).
- $6.5+ Million: Value of American flags imported annually.
- 50.7 Million: Number of people who travel 50+ miles from home for the 4th of July (up 4% over 2022 and setting a new record for the holiday).