SeaWorld San Diego 2012 fireworks show

Where to enjoy the Fourth of July nationwide

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SeaWorld San Diego 2012 fireworks showCardHub, which promotes itself as “The Web’s Best Credit Card Resource,” has released a list of the Top 30 recommended destinations to enjoy the Fourth of July. CardHub compiled its list by using eight metrics — hotel prices, traffic congestion, walk score, number of arts establishments, weather forecast (chance of rain and expected temperature), and number of bars (a critical metric!) — among common vacation destinations to come up with its list. Here is the list:

30 – Kansas City MO (Don’t get lost and end up in Kansas City KS because it didn’t make the list!)

SeaWorld San Diego 2012 fireworks show29 – Baltimore MD

28/27 (tie) – Orlando FL and Tampa FL

26 – Pittsburgh PA

25 – Sacramento CA

24 – San Antonio TX (My favorite destination in Texas because of the River Walk)

23 – Houston TX

22 – Riverside CA

21 – Cincinnati OH

20 – Cleveland OH

19 – Las Vegas NV

18 – Dallas TX

17 – Denver CO

16 – Phoenix AZ

15 – St. Louis MO

14 – Washington DC

13 – Philadelphia PA

12 – Miami FL

11 – Atlanta GA

10 – Seattle WA

9/8 (tie) – Detroit MI and Portland OR (I think you’ll have more fun in Portland, but if you go to Detroit you can also go across the river to Windsor and have loads of fun!)

7 – San Diego CA (I can highly recommend this one. If you fly in, sit on the left side of the airplane. When you get here, you better call me! I’ll be really upset if I find out you came to San Diego and didn’t call, but at least I’ll know where I stand with you…….lol)

6 – Boston MA

5 – Minneapolis MN

4 – New York NY

3 – San Francisco CA

2 – Chicago IL

Fireworks over San Diego County1 – Los Angeles CA (not sure how L.A. got to #1 if they were using traffic congestion as a metric…. just saying ……. but they do have the greatest number of bars, 25,008 of them! I hope the entrepreneur who is opening his bar tomorrow, July 1, writes CardHub to let them know that he is #25,009.)

Remember that fireworks are dangerous, and in many areas, illegal. Here in California, only State-approved fireworks are allowed and even then there are only 295 communities that allow them. Fireworks of any kind are illegal throughout San Diego County, so if you have this intense desire to see fireworks, head on out to a community-sponsored and officially sanctioned fireworks show.

SeaWorld San Diego crowds for the 2012 fireworks show

SeaWorld San Diego crowds for the 2012 fireworks show

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If your State allows you to buy and use fireworks, please use them responsible. We don’t need any more wildfires like those that often hit California and those currently raging through Colorado.

I will have two more blog posts today, first about where the officially sanctioned fireworks displays will be in San Diego County, and then my personal recommendation on how to capture fireworks on film ooops, I mean with your digital camera.

SeaWorld San Diego 2012 fireworks show

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12 thoughts on “Where to enjoy the Fourth of July nationwide

  1. ellenrobertsyoung

    Russel, Those folks are missing one criterion, the downhome quality of a small town. Here where we spend July 4, the parade in the morning goes through town, then turns around and comes back. There’s a street fair quality, and a great view of the fireworks across the water. I wouldn’t trade that for any large city.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      That’s true. However, having been to both, and many of those Top 30 listed, I can tell you that the big city fireworks usually take place in areas that have a much more small town, intimate feel to them. I actually think that’s what many fireworks directors go for, a recreation of that time in the 1770s when most everyplace had a small town feel but still allowing them to put on a 2013 fireworks show.

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  2. sa saliw ng awit

    hello, sir russel. hope things are well on your side. zoey is having a nap, it seems… even asleep, i see how the pet has the run of things, haha. 😉 fireworks shows are always delightful to watch and be part of… hope you will have fun, regards… 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Hey, maybe we were in San Antonio and Detroit at the same time! I did Detroit from April 1993 to September 1993, and I did San Antonio so many times between 1973 and April 1993.

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