Many people don’t plan out their Independence Day and wind up in a crowded park with the rest of their neighbors. Change locations this year and get out on the water! There are many 4th of July cruises that set sail when the sun goes down so you can enjoy the captivating effect of fireworks dancing above and reflecting on the water.
To help you cap off summer’s biggest holiday with a memorable experience, we’ve rounded up the best 4th of July cruises from across the nation.
Cruise Lake Michigan in style aboard the Spirit of Chicago luxury yacht. You’ll have a spectacular view of the fireworks and famed Chicago skyline. During the three-hour 4th of July cruise, a tasty dinner buffet will keep you well-fed, and you’ll have access to a platinum open bar with top-shelf liquors and a selection of beer and wine. A live DJ will keep you entertained throughout the evening, and you’ll even have a guaranteed table for your party size when you need a break from the dance floor. Ticket packages start at $159.90.
2. Los Angeles
Watch the fireworks display in style aboard the Athena Yacht, cruising out of Newport Beach at 7 pm. You’ll party with a live DJ, nosh on tasty hors d’oeuvres, and enjoy a three-hour open bar. Best of all, there’s enough seating for everyone, so you can give your feet a break from dancing every now and then. All-inclusive tickets are $119.
Watch the night sky light up from the comfort of luxury yacht Biscayne Lady. This 4th of July cruise starts at 7 pm and includes an unlimited gourmet buffet (think cheese spread, finger-lickin’ BBQ, and cheesecake), two full-service open bars, and plenty of space to dance to the top beats and anthems from a live DJ. All-inclusive tickets are $125 and also come with a 5×7 “Welcome Aboard” photo to remember the (start) of the night.
4. New Orleans
Your patriotic party cruise awaits abroad the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. There’s plenty of live entertainment, including a DJ, pianist, live jazz band and, of course, the main event – Dueling Barges fireworks show on the Mississippi River. Your $129 all-inclusive ticket includes a three-course buffet and open bar.
5. New York
The party aboard the quadruple-decker Hornblower Infinity Yacht starts at 5 pm and ends at 10:30 pm. A live DJ will start spinning before you set sail on your 4th of July cruise. You’ll get access to an open bar and full dinner buffet, including BBQ brisket, mac ‘n’ cheese, brownies, and more. Best of all, you’ll have a spectacular view of Macy’s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Prices start at $175 for general admission.
6. San Diego
The Hornblower Adventure Yacht is your ticket to unobstructed views of The Annual Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show. Plus, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner buffet, four hours of open bar, and a live DJ spinning the best beats to keep you dancing all night. Boarding for this triple-deck yacht starts at 6:30 pm. You can enjoy its climate-controlled interiors and a sweet skydeck until 11 pm. All-inclusive tickets are $129.
7. San Francisco
It’s all in the name for the Rock the Yacht Fireworks Party Cruise aboard the Empress Yacht, complete with panoramic views of the bay and city skyline. From boarding at 7:30 pm, you’ll sip cocktails from a premium open bar, nosh on hor d’oeuvres, and dance the night away to a live DJ. The city’s fireworks display starts at 9:30 pm, but the yacht won’t return until 11 pm. All-inclusive tickets are $195.
8. Washington, DC
Enjoy unmatched views of the capital’s firework display aboard the Odyssey III 4th of July cruise. While cruising the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, you’ll pass by Washington’s most recognizable monuments and enjoy a plated three-course dinner, have access to a platinum open bar, and hit the dance floor while a live band performs. Boarding for this sleek, single-decked ship starts at 6 pm, and you won’t dock again until 10:30 pm. Packages start at $249.90.