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Fireworks to Dazzle Viewers in These Top 10 July Fourth Weekend Destinations

By By Kevin Byrne, Staff Writer
July 06, 2015, 12:39:49 AM EDT

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, 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.

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1. Chicago


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.


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