Top Spots to Celebrate the Fourth

Celebrate Independence Day by the sea with parades, fresh fare, contests, and activities that will keep you entertained from morning to fireworks.

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Jekyll Island, Georgia
Courtesy of Jekyll Island Authority

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;

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