We know about the big cities with spectacular Independence Day celebrations, but what about the smaller towns throughout the US? Capturing the true American spirit with homegrown celebrations, these small towns offer visitors a more authentic experience of this patriotic holiday – and, bonus, less crowds. With free firework displays, fabulous parades, family-friendly picnics and more, here are 10 towns that really know how to celebrate the Fourth of July. They may be small towns but they offer big celebrations.
1. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride isn’t the most convenient place to get to, as its nestled Colorado’s San Juan mountains, but it makes up for that with some pretty stellar Independence Day celebrations. Business owners and community members come together to create one of the most extravagant festivities there is. Barbecues, foot races, a massive parade and family games are just the beginning. This is a town where airplanes fly over, museums provide refreshments and the everyone comes out for the party. Watching the sun set over the mountains while the firefighters prepare a dazzling fireworks show is the perfect way to end your July 4th here.