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Celebrating July 4th

The Fourth of July is summer’s grandest holiday where you see the red, white and blue flying high from many buildings and homes. Locations across the U.S. enjoy the warm weather, and there’s no better time to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day. We can experience the nostalgia of what our Founding Fathers accomplished when they declared our independence and appreciate the many freedoms we enjoy as a result of this heritage. Celebrations occur in a variety of ways, but most notable are the fantastic firework displays, parades, concerts, picnics, and outdoor barbecues.

Proud Americans take to the road, traveling to favorite vacation spots, national parks or cities that have terrific July 4th celebrations.

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Fabulous Fireworks Displays Across the Nation

If you’re looking to plan an exciting 4th of July getaway, here are some cities with fantastic fireworks displays1 to consider:

New York City. The Macy’s Annual 4th of July fireworks is the largest fireworks display in the nation. It lasts for 25 minutes and uses 50,000 effects that draw a crowd of 3 million spectators.

Washington, D.C. As a tribute to patriotism, you can’t beat Washington D.C., our nation’s capitol, for fireworks on the 4th of July. You’ll see fireworks rocketing over the Washington Monument’s reflecting pool, and the display lasts 17 minutes.

Boston. Boston is a city rich in our country’s heritage, famous for the Boston Tea Party, a group of colonists who threw boxes of tea into the ocean as a protest against taxation without representation. The Boston Pops Orchestra accompanies this pyrotechnic extravaganza, which is shot from seven barges on the Charles River, and you’ll also hear real canon fire going off.

Dallas. About 500,000 people will flock to Addison, a Dallas suburb, for the 25-minute display of fireworks on July 3. The small town, nicknamed Kaboom Town, will launch 3,500 pounds of fireworks and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum will also put on an air show featuring aerobatics.

Atlantic City. The Marina District in Atlantic City puts on a fireworks display that attracts about 250,000 spectators and lasts 15 minutes. The July 4th event kicks off with reading part of the Declaration of Independence.

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Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the famed site where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, and as you can imagine, the City of Brotherly Love puts on quite a celebration for July 4th. More than 500,000 spectators come to view its fireworks display that lasts 15 minutes and launches more than 15,000 shell fireworks. The celebration also features a live music concert.

San Francisco. San Francisco uses the San Francisco Bay for its pyrotechnics, which incorporates 10,000 effects into 25 minutes of fireworks and draws hundreds of thousands of spectators. The fireworks are launched from barges north of Pier 39 in the Fisherman’s Wharf District.

San Diego. Big Bay Boom launches fireworks from four barges in San Diego Bay, lighting up viewing for people in various places, such as Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village/South Embarcadero and Coronado Ferry Landing. San Diego’s display is Southern California’s largest July 4th fireworks show.

Be Careful. The 4th of July Is the Most Dangerous Day to Travel in the U.S.

While everyone enjoys the excitement and celebration, it’s also vital to realize that the 4th of July is the most dangerous day of the year for drivers because traffic accidents are at their highest.

While a number of people die from fireworks accidents and swimming accidents, the majority of deaths on the 4th result from car accidents. Holiday weekends have the highest recordings of traffic fatalities. The Los Angeles Times2 reported that between 1986 and 2002, July 4th was consistently the day that saw more car crashes than any other day in the year, totaling 2,743 deaths. July 3rd ranked the second highest with 2,534 deaths.

Newsweek3 reported in 2017 that July 4th was the deadliest day on the road and the following states experienced the highest number of fatal crash rates — Nevada, New Mexico and Minnesota.

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Drinking and Driving Is the Primary Cause of Traffic Accidents on the 4th

During holidays, the number of cars on the road increases substantially. In addition many people enjoy a drink or two, and as a result of all the celebrating, many more alcohol-impaired drivers are on the road than usual. So, not only are you dealing with more traffic, you’re also having to navigate the traffic with more than the average number of drunk drivers. Both Newsweek and the LA Times agree that drinking and driving is the main factor involved with Independence Day car crashes. In 2015, an estimated 29 percent of fatalities involved a minimum of one alcohol impaired driver, and in 2015 that statistic shot up to 36 percent.

Even if you’re not drinking but are still driving, now is the time to drive defensively — wear seat belts, transport your children in safety seats, and make sure you designate a driver who is free of alcohol or drugs. If you’re the driver, get plenty of rest, don’t use your cell phone while driving, and stay alert. Also, this isn’t the time to let teenagers drive and ride with other teenagers. You have a much greater chance of encountering a drunken driver on the road on July 4th and it pays to be prepared.

Better yet, charter a bus and travel safely.

Charter Buses Are the Safest Mode of Ground Transportation in the Nation

Statistics show that charter buses are the safest form of ground transportation in the United States. Bus charters prove to be substantially safer than traveling by car.

Here are some statistics reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that support this fact:

In 2017, the FMCSA reported the fatalities statistics for 2016. It reported 32,702 fatalities were caused by vehicle accidents. Motor carrier bus accidents resulted in 24 fatalities, which where less than one percent of the total number of vehicle fatalities.

The FMCSA chart showed that from 1975 through 2016 the highest number of fatalities caused by motor coach accidents within a year’s time was 70 deaths. The year that 70 fatalities occurred was 2005, and this statistic was less than 1 percent of the 38,933 total vehicle accidents recorded for 2005.

There were almost half as many fatalities occurring in motor coach accidents in 2016 as there were in 2015 — 24 fatalities (2016) and 42 fatalities (2015).

(The FMCSA defines a bus as any motor vehicle designed to transport nine or more persons, including the driver.)

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More Reasons Why Charter Buses Are the Way to Travel

When you get away for the 4th it’s all about enjoying yourselves and creating some good memories. Dealing with tons of traffic, getting lost or struggling to find parking places just aren’t part of the equation for fun. In many ways, chartering a bus is a pleasurable way to travel. Here are a few of the benefits:

It’s the most affordable way to travel. When you split the costs with others in your group, you’ll find you can’t beat a charter bus for saving costs. It’s ideal for group trips.

You’re free to have a few drinks and enjoy the time out. July 4th is a time for partying and no one wants to be left out of the party. Most people wouldn’t relish the idea of being the designated driver when everyone else is drinking and having a good time. Whether you’re the one designating or being designated, you free yourself of the hassle when chartering a bus. Everyone is in the hands of a professional and our drivers are highly trained and take your safety seriously.

You do your part to save the planet. Charter bus travel is even more eco-friendly than hybrid cars. It leaves the least amount of carbon footprint of any type of ground transportation. If you’re environmentally minded, this is the way to go.

Sit back and relax and be comfortable. You can stretch your legs, walk down the aisle whenever you want, and visit with other passengers on the bus. There’s ample space for sitting and moving around. Larger vehicles also provide the convenience of restrooms.

You have the freedom to be flexible. Plan your itinerary exactly how you want — decide where and when you want to go and we’ll work with you to make it happen. You won’t have to wait for other members in your group to drive up late in their cars because they got lost or stuck in traffic. You won’t have to figure out how to put all your liquids in 4 ounce bottles or take off your shoes and have your bags inspected. All your bags are stored securely. You’ll have access to WiFi whenever you want. There’s no take off or landing that restricts you from calling someone on your mobile phone. What’s not to like about the freedom and flexibility that comes with bus travel?

Charter Your Vehicle Today

US Coachways provides charter services to travelers all over the country. We look forward to helping you plan the details of your trip. For customized service, call our toll-free number at 1-888-340-9122 and speak with one of our representatives.

Sources:

  1. Fireworks displays
  2. The Los Angeles Times
  3. Newsweek
  4. FMCSA

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