4 Hotels for Ringing in the Fourth in Explosive Style

From backyard barbecues to big-league blowouts, what better way is there to celebrate the Fourth of July and the nation it honors than by watching the skies torn asunder with awe-inspiring explosions? But if you’re looking to spice up your Independence Day celebration, look no further than these four hotels for a little extra helping of freedom with a side order of luxury.

First-Rate Views in the Second City at Swissôtel Chicago
Waterfront accommodations and exceptional amenities make the Swissôtel Chicago a premier destination in Chicago’s trendy Navy Pier district. Here you’ll enjoy premier amenities such as a 37-inch LCD TV and high-speed Wi-Fi in a luxurious setting marked by cozy armchairs, a custom ribbon carpet design and warm earth tones. But if fireworks are the order of the day, you’re in luck: Navy Pier holds fireworks displays twice a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and fittingly, they save the biggest for the Fourth of July. And thanks to the Swissôtel’s waterfront location, many rooms look out over the water, providing spectacular views of the city’s best fireworks celebration. Just make sure to book early, as rooms with water views go quickly.

Experience Big Booms In Beantown at Royal Sonesta Hotel, Boston
Boston’s iconic St. Charles River and the bridges that cross it make the perfect setting for a fireworks display. Those who can score a room at the Royal Sonesta can enjoy some of the best views to be had in the entire city, all from the comfort of a stylish and luxurious room. In addition to a swanky décor marked by a palette of competing white and black tones, each of the 400 guest rooms comes equipped with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, hypoallergenic down blankets and a high-definition TV. But if you want the best views for the big day, make sure to book either a suite or a river view room — and the higher up you go, the better the views will be.

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Survey the Big Apple’s Fireworks Display from Mandarin Oriental New York
Booking a room at the Mandarin Oriental New York truly puts you at the center of the city, given its ideal location right on Columbus Circle at the corner of Central Park West, West 59th Street and Broadway. Rising high above the street, each guest room boasts spectacular views of either the awe-inspiring Manhattan skyline, verdant Central Park or the Hudson River. It’s certainly easy to become distracted by all the fabulous amenities, such as custom Fili D’Oro linens, rich cherry-wood furnishings, high-speed Internet access, terrycloth bathrobes and more. But remember: the fireworks over the Hudson River are the true stars of the show. For the best views, reserve either the Deluxe or Premier Hudson River View Rooms, or the Mandarin Executive Suites. Certain rooms even have views of the river that you can enjoy while relaxing in a gorgeous marble soaking tub. Talk about celebrating independence in style.

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Celebrate Your Independence in the Seat of American Power at W Washington D.C.
The fireworks show over the Mall in D.C. has long been the cornerstone of one of the most spectacular Fourth of July celebrations in the entire country. Luckily, you can enjoy the best vantage point in the city from the intimate surroundings of the P.O.V. rooftop bar at the W Washington D.C. Sporting arresting views of the Washington Memorial and much of the Mall, the W is the best destination for intimacy and opulence with a side of chic in the District of Columbia. Each room comes equipped with outstanding amenities like a 37-inch flatscreen TV, the W’s signature waffle spa robes, spa-inspired bath products by Bliss and the hotel’s own W Bed with its 350-thread count sheets and goose down duvet. But something tells us you won’t be seeing the inside of your room for a while, at least until the last of the fireworks have been shot off.