It may fall midweek this year but it’s still one of the biggest days in the US calendar – so why not make it an extra-long weekend with a little help from Victor?
Check out our four favourite destinations for celebrating this year’s Independence Day below:
HISTORIC NAVY PIER | CHICAGO
One of Chicago’s premier entertainment centres and one of the most popular attractions in the world with 9 million visitors a year, Chicago’s Navy Pier is 3,300 feet of fun. Comprising gardens, parks, restaurants, shops, and a brand-new commercial and cultural family pavilion ready just in time for summer, it’s been keeping the Midwest entertained for over a century. And if it reminds you of Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money, you’re not wrong: it was used as a stand-in for Atlantic City where the film is set.
THE IDES BAR | NEW YORK CITY
Some things are best viewed from afar and with stunning views of Manhattan, The Ides Bar in Brooklyn might be just the place to do it. Drink in one of the world’s most iconic skylines (and the cocktails) and watch the sun go down as you celebrate Independence Day. Located on top of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, this 117-year-old former factory building makes a perfect base for a weekend exploring the borough’s cultural quarter. From walking tours to delicious dinners at the in-house Reynard restaurant, this is where to experience America now.
Way out west
THE OFF-GRID ITHOUSE | PALM SPRINGS
An Airbnb with a difference (and one of the top 10 Airbnb rentals worldwide), the Off-grid is exactly that: powered by solar panels, the house is located in a remote valley in the California high desert and is 100% off-grid. Despite no TV or wifi, the property makes up for it with jaw-dropping vistas from every angle and the option of a daily delivery of fresh juice from Joshua Tree’s squeezer-in-chief Angela de Agua. Due to the remote location, guests are advised to arrive before sundown to be in with a chance of actually finding it.
KEY LARGO | FLORIDA KEYS
As the first of the Keys to be reached via US Highway 1, the drive over the water sets the tone for a weekend at what is also known as the “Diving Capital of the World”. As well as offering every water sport known to man, Key Largo is equally famous as the setting for the film of the same name – and for another piece of motion-picture history in the form of the African Queensteamboat, which cruises the Port Largo Canals (and another era) in readiness for anyone wishing to channel their inner Bogie or Hepburn and a classic period in movie-making.
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