If you want a true patriotic experience then plan a visit to Solvang, CA.
My visit was in 2012 and I felt like I stepped back in time. Solvang is a quaint Dutch style town about 2 hours North of Los Angeles – click here to check out my post on Day Trippin’ – A Day in Solvang, CA. The 4th of July in Solvang captures the true spirit of American Independence with a classic parade and fireworks in the evening. Everyone gets caught up in the festivities, making the experience even more extra special. The best part of this holiday weekend was the hotel I stayed in which faced an empty field that set the stage for spectacular fireworks.
What a pleasant surprise! Had no idea that would happen, but was extremely happy that I had my glass of wine ready to enjoy the wondrous display.
This 4th of July I intend on heading down to La Quinta, CA which is about 40 minutes outside of Palm Springs. Looking forward to the holiday weekend getaway!