Jekyll Island, Georgia
Thousands of people travel to the island each year for the free festivities—often described as a giant family gathering.
Celebrate all day: Make sure to catch the sea turtle release at 6 p.m. at Great Dunes Park.
Showtime: At dusk, the beachfront crowd counts down from 10 to help launch the fireworks over the water.
Best view: Large group? No problem. Ample open space for parking allows campers and RVs to accommodate crowds who want to tailgate. Or grab a blanket and head to Great Dunes Park or the public sandy beach; jekyllisland.com.