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9 Campgrounds for the 4th of July
Crawford State Park
Farlington, Kansas 1 of 10
Start your holiday early; these 4th of July festivities start on July 2nd with a cookout and live band. Enjoy a variety of kid-friendly activities and then watch fireworks over the lake to end your jam-packed afternoon.
Lake Manawa State Park
Council Bluffs, Iowa 2 of 10
Sitting on Lake Manawa, you can splash your way through the holiday. Experience lakeside fireworks 4th of July evening and then spend the rest of your weekend on the water. Known as the best boating spot in the area, there are ramps available for any size vessel. And, if you're not towing a boat, rent canoes or paddleboats instead.
Glidden, Wisconsin 3 of 10
If you're looking for a variety of holiday events, this is the campground for you. Head into the town of Glidden for a 4th of July Parade and Celebration. Get lost in the food booths, enjoy freshly grilled barbecue, kiddie rides and, best of all, fireworks at dusk.
Shabbona Lake State Park
Shabbona, Illinois 4 of 10
Want to make a difference this 4th of July? Sign up for the Pokanoka's Run/Walk to benefit Safe Passage, DeKalb County's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Agency. The race takes place within the state park at 9 a.m., making it easy to get to and from the start and finish line. Though the trail run is seven miles long, you can bring your kids on the 2-mile walk.
Thomson, Georgia 5 of 10
Word around town is Raysville Campground has the best views of the fireworks show. Sitting on Thurmond Lake, you'll get lakeside views of the show and enjoy trails, swimming and fishing the rest of your vacation.
Fall Lake Campground
Ely, Minnesota 6 of 10
Enjoy your morning at Whiteside Park, where there are bed races and a variety of other activities for the whole family. You can watch the holiday parade mid-afternoon, and then join your fellow campers for fireworks put on by the city of Ely.
Valley Springs, California 7 of 10
Not ready to leave your horse at home this holiday? Reserve your site at Acorn Campground where you'll find an 8-mile equestrian trail that loops around New Hogan Lake. Take in views of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains before catching the annual fireworks display.
Red Lodge, Montana 8 of 10
Experience the holiday like never before, at a real rodeo. The Home of Champions Rodeo is held every year on 4th of July weekend, and is a great way to entertain the entire family. Catch Kid's Day and a traditional Independence Day parade. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance—which you can do online—and don't forget your lasso at home.
South Beach State Park
Newport, Oregon 9 of 10
Come to South Beach State Park for some of the best fireworks in central Oregon. You'll be oohing and aahing for over 100,000 rounds of sparkling explosives. But don't forget to visit Nye Beach, as well. Here you'll find a sand castle contest and live music during the day.