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Our Top Picks: Jet-Set to These East Coast Destinations for July 4th Fun

Celebrate Independence Day in Style: Jet-Set to these East Coast destinations for July 4th fun. Discover our top picks and plan your perfect holiday getaway.

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    As the summer sun shines brightly and the scent of barbecues fills the air, the anticipation of the 4th of July weekend begins to build. It’s a time of celebration, a time to honor our nation’s independence and a perfect time to embark on a memorable getaway. But where should you jet off for this patriotic weekend?   

    Choosing the right destination for the 4th of July weekend is more than just picking a place on the map. It’s about finding a location that captures the spirit of the holiday, a place where the fireworks shine a little brighter, and the celebrations leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re looking for a grand celebration in a bustling city or a quiet retreat in a quaint town, the right destination can turn a regular weekend into an unforgettable experience.  

    We’re not just selecting the top destinations and best things to do there for your 4th of July weekend, but we’re also equipping you with the Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) for each location. These FBOs serve as your entry point to these incredible destinations, promising a seamless and delightful travel journey. Here’s to making this year’s holiday a memorable chapter in your book of life!  

    Washington, D.C.

    Fireworks at the capitol Washington DC - Large

    Our first stop is none other than the heart of the nation itself, Washington, D.C.

    This city is steeped in history and brimming with iconic landmarks, making it an exceptional destination to celebrate the 4th of July weekend, especially for history buffs.

    From the towering Washington Monument to the inspiring Lincoln Memorial, every corner of this city echoes the stories of our nation’s past and the promise of its future.  

    Patriotic Festivities and Summer Fun for the Fourth of July

    The highlight of the 4th of July in Washington, D.C. is undoubtedly the “A Capitol Fourth” event. This annual celebration, broadcasted live on PBS, is a star-studded concert featuring performances by some of the country’s most renowned artists. But the real showstopper is the grand finale: a breathtaking fireworks display over the Potomac River. As the night sky lights up in a symphony of colors, you can’t help but feel a surge of patriotism and pride.  

    Pack your bags and prepare to immerse yourself in the patriotic spirit of Washington, D.C because a 4th of July weekend in this city promises to be a memorable celebration of freedom, history, and American pride.  

    Our Recommended FBO Near Washington, DC

    For those planning to jet into Washington, D.C., the suggested FBO is Dulles International Airport (IAD)

    While Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is closer to the city, it’s important to note that securing a slot at DCA can be quite challenging. 

    Due to post-9/11 security restrictions, flights into DCA require reservations months in advance and are subject to stringent security protocols. 

    On the other hand, Dulles International Airport, located just 26 miles west of downtown D.C., offers a more accessible and convenient option for private jet travelers.  

    Kennebunkport, Maine

    Let’s journey to the picturesque town of Kennebunkport, Maine, where the salty sea breeze mingles with the spirit of Independence Day. This charming coastal town, known for its beautiful beaches and a historic seaport, is a quintessential New England destination that truly shines in the summer.  

    Coastal Charm and Fresh Lobster for the Fourth of July

    Fireworks in Kennebunkport, Maine

    Kennebunkports celebration is an event that perfectly encapsulates the joy of July Fourth. 

    The day is filled with all the best things including parades, live music, and family-friendly activities, all leading up to a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor. 

    The town is adorned with American flags, creating a sea of red, white, and blue that waves proudly over the celebrations.  

    But the festivities don’t stop there. For a classic waterfront Lobster Bake, The Colony Hotel and Stripers Waterside at The Breakwater Inn offer an authentic Maine experience. 

    Picture yourself feasting on a traditional Maine lobster, steamers, corn on the cob, and a blueberry cobbler for dessert, all while enjoying a breathtaking ocean view.  

    The Nonantum Resort also hosts a special July 4th celebration, complete with live music, a lobster dinner buffet, and a prime viewing spot for the fireworks. If you’re looking for a more adventurous way to celebrate, consider a lobster boat tour aboard Rugosa, a kayak excursion up the Kennebunk River, or a thrilling boat ride with New England Eco Adventures.  

    If you’re seeking a 4th of July experience that combines tradition, celebration, and the charm of a New England summer, Kennebunkport is the destination for you. It’s a place where the 4th of July isn’t just a holiday – it’s a celebration of community, heritage, and the simple joys of summer.  

    Our Recommended FBO for Kennebunkport, ME

    We suggest flying into Sanford Seacoast Regional (SFM), just a short drive from the town.

    It offers a convenient and hassle-free gateway to this charming New England destination.  

    Image sourced from City Of Sanford ME website


    Sanford Seacoast Regional (SFM)

    Martha's Vineyard to Boston

    George Washington Monument at Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Our next destination is a double whammy, but a perfect weekend trip via your private jet. From the enchanting island of Martha’s Vineyard to the center of our history in Boston, this is one for your bucket list.

    Relaxation and Rich History for the Fourth of July

    Martha's Vineyard Docks and Houses

    Renowned for its pristine beaches, iconic lighthouses, and a historic carousel that transports you back to simpler times, Martha’s Vineyard is the epitome of a New England summer retreat. 

    The island’s lively community, quaint shops, and delectable seafood cuisine make it an ideal place to commence your Fourth of July weekend. 

    The pinnacle of the island’s Independence Day celebrations is the annual fireworks display in Edgartown, a spectacle that paints the summer sky with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors.

    From the serene shores of Martha’s Vineyard, we take to the skies and jet across to Boston, a city that is a living testament to America’s rich history. As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is a treasure trove of historical sites and landmarks. Stroll along the Freedom Trail, delve into the historic North End, or immerse yourself in the past at the USS Constitution Museum. The city’s history, from the Revolutionary War to the abolitionist movement, is imprinted in its cobblestone streets and centuries-old edifices.  

    When the 4th of July dawns, Boston morphs into a hub of celebration. The city hosts the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, an annual concert featuring the renowned Boston Pops Orchestra, culminating in a stunning fireworks display over the Charles River. It’s a celebration of independence like no other, set against the backdrop of a city that played a pivotal role in America’s fight for freedom.  

    Enjoy a night or two at the Harborview Hotel, a luxury hotel featuring all the amenities needed to enjoy a long weekend and rest up for the festivities in Boston.

    Start your day with a refreshing dip in the heated saltwater pool, then hop on one of the complimentary bicycles to explore the island’s picturesque landscapes.

    After a day of adventure, unwind on the iconic Veranda with a cocktail in hand, overlooking the majestic sea.

    Indulge in the culinary delights of Bettini Restaurant or enjoy a casual meal at the Roxy Pool Bar.

    With a fully-equipped fitness center and private yoga classes, your wellness routine won’t miss a beat.

    The Harborview Hotel is the perfect blend of luxury and comfort, ensuring your 4th of July weekend is as relaxing as it is memorable.

    Fireworks in Boston

    Our Recommended FBO for Martha's Vineyard and Boston

    This 4th of July weekend, embark on a journey that blends relaxation, celebration, and a deep dive into America’s past. 

    From the tranquil shores of Martha’s Vineyard to the historic heart of Boston, this trip offers a unique way to celebrate Independence Day. 

    It’s a journey that promises to be as enlightening as it is enjoyable with an easy flight from Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY) to Signature Flight Support at Bedford’s Hanscom Field (BED).  

    Newport, Rhode Island

    Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport Rhode Island

    As we continue our journey through the best 4th of July destinations, we find ourselves in the charming city of Newport, Rhode Island. Known for its rich history, stunning coastal views, and vibrant celebrations, Newport offers a unique blend of relaxation and festivity that makes it an ideal destination for the holiday weekend. Let’s dive into what this city has in store for us this 4th of July.

    A Coastal Celebration in the City of Sailing for the Fourth of July

    If this is your first time visiting Newport, RI, you have come at the perfect time of year.

    Start your day by visiting one of the Newport Mansions followed by having a cup of chowder at the Black Pearl.

    These are Newport staples and cannot be skipped.

    Newport, Rhode Island, is a hub of activity during the 4th of July weekend. The city is known for its vibrant celebrations, and this year is no exception.

    Start your day with the Newport Independence Day Celebration at Fort Adams, where you can enjoy a day filled with music, food, and historical reenactments.

    As the sun sets, prepare for the spectacular Newport 4th of July Fireworks Display that lights up the night sky over Newport Harbor.

    For those who want to experience the festivities from the water, there are several options. You can hop on the 4th of July Fireworks Cruise on the Block Island Ferry or the Independence Day Fireworks Cruise. If you’re a sailing enthusiast, consider celebrating the 4th of July onboard Heritage 12 Meter for a unique experience.

    Music lovers can enjoy the Bristol Fourth Concert Series, which features a variety of performances leading up to the 4th of July. If you’re looking for a more relaxed celebration, consider attending the Parade Viewing Event at Herreshoff Marine Museum or Linden Place’s Annual Picnic.

    Our Recommended FBO in Newport, RI

    When it comes to flying into Newport, our recommended Fixed Base Operator (FBO) is either Newport State Airport (UUU) or Quonset State Airport (OQU), depending on the size of your aircraft.

    These airports are conveniently located and offer a range of services for private jet travelers. Both for a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

    Image via OQU website.

    OQU Airport Runway

    The Hamptons, New York

    The Hamptons, New York

    Our next destination takes us to the Hamptons, a group of towns, villages, and hamlets nestled on the eastern end of Long Island, New York. Known for its rural setting, beautiful beaches, and a reputation for exclusivity, the Hamptons is a popular getaway for people from New York City and beyond. From the laid-back charm of Westhampton to the “old money” elegance of East Hampton, each area within the Hamptons offers its own unique flavor and appeal.  

    Luxury and Beachside Bliss for the Fourth of July

    When it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, the Hamptons know how to throw a party. The festivities kick off with the John A. Ward Independence Day Fireworks in Sag Harbor, a highly anticipated tradition that lights up the sky with a dazzling display of color and celebration. 

    For a unique experience, consider the Stars Over Montauk Fireworks Cruise, where you can enjoy an evening cruise along the serene Montauk waters, complete with early evening sips and hors d’oeuvres, and a live performance by the Realm Band.  

    The Southampton Fresh Air Home’s American Picnic is another must-attend event. This action-packed celebration includes carnival fun, stilt walkers, and a stunning fireworks display over Shinnecock Bay. 

    And for a family-friendly day out, Harbes Farm offers live music, wine tastings, and a range of kid-friendly activities from July 1st to the 4th.  

    The Hamptons will provide a 4th of July experience that combines luxury, tradition, and a taste of high life. It’s a place where the 4th of July isn’t just a holiday – it’s a celebration of style, sophistication, and seaside serenity.  

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    Our Recommended FBO for Jetting to the Hampton's

    Our preferred FBO for flying into the Hamptons is West Hampton’s Francis S. Gabreski Airport (FOK), where we work with the Modern Aviation FBO.

    It’s a convenient and hassle-free gateway to this luxurious East Coast destination.

    FOK Airport Entrance

    The Outer Banks, North Carolina

    The Outer Banks, NC Beach

    Our journey continues to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a 200-mile stretch of barrier islands off the coast of the mainland. Known for its pristine beaches, historic lighthouses, and a unique blend of Southern and coastal culture, the Outer Banks is a beloved summer destination. The islands’ vibrant community, charming shops, and mouthwatering seafood cuisine make it a better place to celebrate your 4th of July weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  

    A Beachfront Celebration with a Pop Culture Twist for the Fourth of July

    fireworks outer banks

    The Outer Banks’ Independence Day celebrations are a sight to behold. The festivities kick off with a range of family-friendly activities, from apple pie contests to wacky hat contests. 

    As the day progresses, you can head over to Manteo for their 4th of July celebration, where you can enjoy live music and watch the fireworks over the sound.  

    This year, the area will host four fireworks shows at the following locations: Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head Fishing Pier in Nags Head, fireworks over the sound in Manteo, and the Avon Fishing Pier in the village of Avon on Hatteras Island. 

    You can catch both Nags Head and Manteo displays atop Jockey’s Ridge, offering a spectacular natural setting that will make you proud to be an American!  

    Interestingly, the Outer Banks has recently gained a new level of attention thanks to the hit Netflix show “Outer Banks”. This teen drama, while not filmed in the Outer Banks, has captivated audiences and brought a surge of interest to the area. According to the Outer Banks Visitor Bureau, traffic to their website jumped 61% immediately after the show began to air compared to the same time the previous year. This pop culture spotlight has undoubtedly contributed to the area’s allure as a holiday destination.  

    Our Recommended FBO for getting to the Outer Banks

    For those planning to jet into the Outer Banks, the suggested FBO is Norfolk International Airport. Though it is 73 miles away, it’s even more of a reason you’ll want to enjoy a long holiday weekend on the beach with a book in hand.  

    Hilton Head, South Carolina

    Hilton Head, South Carolina

    Our next destination is the southern gem of Hilton Head, South Carolina. This island is renowned for its beautiful beaches, golf courses, and a unique blend of Southern charm and coastal culture. Hilton Head is a beloved summer destination, and its vibrant community, charming shops, and mouthwatering seafood cuisine make it an ideal place to take a road trip to celebrate your 4th of July weekend. 

    A Southern Gem with a Festive Spirit for the Fourth of July

    Hilton Head’s Independence Day celebrations are filled with a variety of activities for all ages. Start your day at the beach, where you can enjoy the sun and surf on one of the island’s many public beach access points. Then, take a brief road trip over to Harbour Town for the Fourth of July Parade, where you can show off your patriotic spirit by decorating your bicycle, wagon, or even your dog in red, white, and blue. 

    For golf lovers, there’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than by playing on one of Hilton Head Island’s award-winning championship golf courses. After a day on the greens, you can enjoy post-round refreshments and food with incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

    If you’re looking for a more active way to celebrate, join the 36th annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5k. This family-friendly run or walk through Hilton Head Island starts in Jarvis Creek Park and offers a scenic tour of the beautiful island. After crossing the finish line, you can enjoy a barbecue complete with burgers, hot dogs, and more festivities. 

    As the sun sets, make your way to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for the Harbourfest Fireworks, the largest firework display on Hilton Head Island. You’ll find carnival games, live music, entertainment, and breathtaking waterfront views for an exciting evening with family and friends here. 

    Our Recommended FBO in Hilton Head

    Myrtle Beach Airport

    Many of our clients fly in and out of Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) from Florida, making it a convenient choice for your journey to Hilton Head.

    So, go relax, celebrate, and taste the Southern charm of Hilton Head this 4th of July. 

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    Worth Avenue Palm Beach

    Our final destination is the tropical paradise of West Palm Beach, Florida. Known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a unique blend of luxury and coastal charm, West Palm Beach is a beloved destination all year round. Its vibrant community, high-end shops, and mouthwatering seafood cuisine make it an ideal place to celebrate your 4th of July weekend. A bit of a different perspective in comparison from our early choices.

    A Tropical Paradise for the Fourth of July

    West Palm Fireworks

    West Palm Beach’s Independence Day celebrations are a sight to behold. The city hosts the annual 4th on Flagler event, South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day celebration. 

    The event features live entertainment on three stages, a military honor ceremony, a kids’ entertainment zone, and an 18-minute fireworks show over the Intracoastal Waterway. 

    The festivities are programmed along Flagler Drive between Banyan Boulevard and Fern Street, offering a spectacular setting for an exciting evening with family and friends. 

    Enjoy happy hour before the event at one of the many local restaurants located downtown including, Avocado Grill, Elizabetta’s, Pistache French Bistro, or the classic ER Bradley’s Saloon.

    This year, West Palm Beach is set to become even more exciting with the arrival of two music legends. Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks are co-headlining a tour that will stop at the iThink Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach. The concert, which features a mix of their greatest hits and fan favorites, is sure to be a highlight of the 4th of July weekend. The combination of their iconic music and the tropical setting of West Palm Beach creates a unique celebration of Independence Day. 

    Our Recommended FBO in West Palm Beach

    Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) provides easy access to the area. So, if you’re seeking a 4th of July experience that combines relaxation, celebration, and a taste of tropical luxury, West Palm Beach is the destination for you. 

    Celebrate Independence Day in Style

    Fourth of July Fireworks Exploding Over Celebrating Spectators in Silhouette

    As we wrap up our journey through these incredible 4th of July destinations, it’s clear that each location offers a unique blend of celebration, relaxation, and cultural experiences. From the patriotic spirit of Washington, D.C., to the coastal charm of Kennebunkport, the luxurious allure of the Hamptons, the beachfront beauty of the Outer Banks, the southern charm of Hilton Head, and the tropical paradise of West Palm Beach, there’s a destination for every traveler’s taste. 

    These destinations not only promise unforgettable 4th of July celebrations but also provide the convenience of Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) nearby to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience. Whether you’re seeking a grand firework display, a star-studded concert, a beachfront barbecue, or a historical journey, these locations offer a unique way to celebrate Independence Day. 

    Here’s to a 4th of July weekend that’s as exciting as the journey to get there! 

    Do you have a favorite Fourth of July Destination?

    Everyone has a place that holds special memories for the Fourth of July celebrations. Whether it’s a bustling city with grand fireworks or a quiet beach town with family barbecues, we’d love to hear about your favorite Independence Day destination. Share your experiences with us!

    *Please note that while I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it’s always a good idea to check the official websites or contact the event organizers for the most current details.

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