Share this article:
As Americans around the country prepare to celebrate our nation's independence this Saturday, a close eye will be kept on the weather to determine if they will be able to enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks.
Below are the top 10 Fourth of July weekend destinations for 2015 as compiled by Priceline.com, which ranked each location by the total number of advanced hotel bookings for the holiday.
For visitors and local residents planning to celebrate July Fourth in any of these locations, here are some of the biggest fireworks extravaganzas in each city and the forecast.
Chicago's Navy Pier is one of the top tourist destinations in the city and provides a great setting for the July Fourth fireworks. Spectators can watch the show from the pier or take an evening cruse out on Lake Michigan for a different perspective. Prior to the fireworks, which are scheduled for 9:30 p.m., spectators can take part in the second annual Freedom Fest.
Chicago is also home to two Major League Baseball teams and both the White Sox and Cubs will be home this weekend, giving baseball fans several options to choose from. The White Sox host the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field at 1:10 p.m. CDT, while the Cubs will welcome the Miami Marlins at 6:15 p.m. CDT at historic Wrigley Field. For fans that can't make it to Navy Pier, following the Cubs game, there will be a fireworks show.
AccuWeather Meteorologist John Feerick said to expect temperatures a little bit below average for the holiday with sunny skies and low humidity. Daytime highs are forecast to settle near 80; a common high temperature for July 4 is 84 F.
Dry weather is expected for outdoor plans, he said.
2. Las Vegas
For those frequenting the Las Vegas strip this Independence Day, triple-digit heat is expected.
It will be seasonably hot with highs near 105 F and partly sunny skies, AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said. A normal high for this time of year is 104 F, he added.
There are several options for fireworks displays around Las Vegas with shows slated for Caesar's Palace, The Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower and Mandalay Bay, in addition to several others.
3. Washington, D.C.
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
Showers and thunderstorms will congregate over the southeastern United States into the weekend, elevating the risk of flash flooding and outdoor disruptions.
Racers of the 2018 Tour de France will emerge from the mountains on Friday; however, new challenges await.
Prior to the arrival of much cooler and less humid air at midweek, thunderstorms packing torrential downpours and locally damaging winds will rattle the northeastern United States into Tuesday evening.
More than 1,450 emergency personnel are still working to contain the massive wildfire near California’s Yosemite National Park that took a deadly turn over the weekend.
Rounds of thunderstorms packing torrential rain and gusty winds will erupt along a temperature contrast zone across the Great Plains through the middle of this week.
A lightning strike can result in a cardiac arrest and death, and the most lightning strikes occur during warm summer months when people are outside enjoying the weather.
Saving the planet’s oceans from plastic pollution isn’t on the agenda of a typical sixth grader. However, Anna Du is working to achieve just that.
After passing over Hainan, Tropical Storm Son-tinh has its sights set on China and northern parts of Vietnam and Laos in the coming days.