Cincinnati Named One of the 20 Best Cities in America to Celebrate July 4

Cincinnati apparently offers a big bang when it comes to Fourth of July fun.

click to enlarge Northside's Fourth of July Parade - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Northside's Fourth of July Parade

If you're looking to celebrate the Fourth of July in a city offering the biggest bang, you could do worse than Cincinnati.

According to WalletHub's 2022 list of the "Best & Worst Places for 4th of July Celebrations," Cincinnati is the No. 16 best place to party this Independence Day.

San Francisco took home the No. 1 spot, with Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. following at No. 2 and 3, respectively. San Bernardino, California came in dead last.

In creating its ranking, the website looked at the top 100 most populous U.S. cities and compared them based on five categories:
  • Fourth of July celebrations
  • Affordability
  • Fourth of July attractions and activities
  • Safety and accessibility
  • Fourth of July weather forecast
Each category then contained its own metrics, ranging from the number of July 4 festivals and the average cost of a hamburger to the chance of rain.

With Ohio's new consumer fireworks law now in effect, Cincinnati took home first place for legality of fireworks, as well as the first place for the prevalence of affordable 4.5+ star restaurants. The Queen City also placed ninth overall for the duration of fireworks shows.
WalletHub estimates Americans will spend $1.4 billion this year on beer and wine for the Fourth of July and $150 million on hot dogs alone. If you're looking for somewhere to enjoy both, with a side of live music, fireworks or a parade, check out these Cincinnati Fourth of July events. 

Read WalletHub's full results at

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