With Fourth of July around the corner and holiday spending projected to reach $346.50 on average per household, up 5 percent since 2014, the leading personal finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations.
To help Americans plan their Independence Day festivities — and literally get the most bang for the buck — WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun. We used 14 key metrics such as the duration of fireworks shows, the average price of three-star hotel, fireworks laws, weather and more.
Best Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations Worst Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations
1 Minneapolis, MN 91 Indianapolis, IN
2 Seattle, WA 92 San Antonio, TX
3 St. Paul, MN 93 Fresno, CA
4 Portland, OR 94 Bakersfield, CA
5 San Francisco, CA 95 Jersey City, NJ
6 Irvine, CA 96 Wichita, KS
7 San Diego, CA 97 Gilbert, AZ
8 Madison, WI 98 Newark, NJ
9 Atlanta, GA 99 Henderson, NV
10 St. Petersburg, FL 100 North Las Vegas, NV
The price of a three-star hotel room is four times higher in Virginia Beach, Va., than in Tucson, Ariz.
The average price of a Fourth of July party ticket is eight times higher in Chicago than in Milwaukee.
The duration of the fireworks show in Los Angeles is four times longer than in Jacksonville, Fla.
The top five most popular Fourth of July destinations are Las Vegas, San Diego, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Chicago.
To see where your city ranks and for money-saving Fourth of July tips, please visit Wallethub