Top 10 Places To Celebrate The Fourth Of July [SLIDESHOW]

Nothing is more American than a good Fourth of July celebration: explosions, loud music and, of course, lots of drinking. Regardless of where you live, there are plenty of excellent places to celebrate the birthday of the greatest country in the world.

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  • St Louis, Missouri: St. Louis hosts a three-day celebration, featuring a fun run, airshow and multiple concerts. Don't worry if you're too tired (or blacked out) to enjoy the Independence Day fireworks: The city repeats the display over the next two nights. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • San Francisco, California: West coast residents should check out the festivities at Fisherman's Wharf, beginning with a free concert in the afternoon and an impressive fireworks display that night. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • The Queen Mary II: The luxury cruise ship brings passengers from New York to Boston and back to take part in some of the greatest Fourth of July festivities in the country. The ship also stops in Halifax, Canada, presumably to remind passengers of why America is the greatest country in the world. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Mount Rushmore: Four of America's most prominent presidents serve as the perfect setting for Independence Day celebrations, including ceremonies honoring veterans, military flyovers and cultural celebrations. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Houston, Texas: In keeping with the claim that everything is bigger in Texas, Houston holds the country's biggest fireworks display as the conclusion to an all-day festival featuring live country music from big-name artists. (Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons)
  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Gatlinburg has the claim to fame of holding the first Independence Day parade every year, kicking off right at midnight. That afternoon, the city hosts the River Raft Regatta, which is open to anything that floats. Naturally, the day's events end with a fireworks finale. (Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons)
  • Washington, DC: Nothing beats the nations capital for patriotic festivities. Celebrations kick off with a parade on the National Mall, followed by the "A Capitol Fourth" concert, and concluding with an impressive fireworks display set against the backdrop of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Bristol, Rhode Island: Bristol boasts the oldest Independence Day celebration in the country, dating back to 1785. The festivities begin on Flag Day with a series of public events leading up to a fireworks display on July 3 and the historic parade on the day itself. (Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons)
  • Boston, Massachusetts: In addition to the popular fireworks display accompanied by music from the Boston Pops, the city also hosts the six-day Boston Harborfest the week of Independence Day, featuring a packed schedule of parties, concerts and other events celebrating the city's heritage. (Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons)