The Fourth of July is already right around the corner. The first official holiday of the summer kicks off with a low-key barbecue at home, day at the beach or big family outing.
Fireworks and food are both key elements to a fun Fourth and if your family wants to make a mini vacation out of it, we have a few suggestions.
There’s no party like a rooftop party and the Westin Nashville has the highest one in all of Music City. Celebrate Independence Day with classic barbecue fare and all-American red, white and blue decorations with the added luxury of this Nashville property.
The Westin Nashville boasts a Red, White and BBQ package for visitors including accommodations for two nights, valet parking, a $100 spa credit and two tickets to the L27 Rooftop Lounge party. Enjoy the food, music and fireworks with rates beginning at $800. Visit the hotel site to book a room or just join the party with tickets here.
Fireworks and freedom are basically synonymous with Philadelphia. Head to the city of Brotherly Love for the weekend to enjoy Fourth of July celebrations, local traditions and a lot of history leading to the holiday. Begin with the Rocky screening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, also the home of the famous Rocky Balboa statue, July 1.
Join the block party July 3 in Philadelphia’s historic district on Independence Mall and stick around for the parade and fireworks on July 4, beginning on Chestnut and 5th streets. Enjoy free live music, readings and reenactments in Old City and thousands of colorful participants marching through the streets.
Go back in time with the kids during the Lights of Freedom celebration in Colonial Williamsburg, Va. Watch fireworks explode from behind the Governor’s Palace and the annual procession through the square. Enjoy traditional American music while the kids sing along.
Be sure to arrive early and bring a blanket or lawn seats, as the fireworks show is beloved by locals and can fill up. Merriment and music begins at 9 p.m., but check the site for more information and any other events your family may be interested in.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.