Austin is quite the star-spangled place to celebrate the 4th of July this year. A recent report by personal finance website WalletHub ranks the best and worst places to celebrate Independence Day.
Using 19 key metrics such as length of fireworks show, beer and wine prices, weather forecast, and safety, the website bases rankings on how well the 100 largest cities balance cost and fun.
Austin skyrocketed to the No. 25 spot, up from No. 48 in 2017. The Capital City scores high on 4th of July celebrations (No. 13) and affordability. (No. 10).
Where it did not shine, however, was attractions and activities (No. 42), safety and accessibility (No. 52), and weather (No. 62). (While we agree with you about the weather, WalletHub, we respectively disagree about the activities.) Though it ranks in the lower half for safety, ATX does land in the top five for fewest DUI-related fatalities per capita.
In Texas, Dallas ranks highest, coming in at the 11th spot, up from 41st in 2017. Dallas now ranks as one of the best for celebrations (No. 3, up from No. 18 last year). Although affordability has fallen a tad (No. 18, down from No. 11 last year), the city ranks in the top 50 percent for attractions and activities, as well as weather. Clearly, these surveyors like heat and humidity.
Also showing improvement since last year, San Antonio comes in at No. 40, and Houston, at No. 29.
Other Texas cities have also improved in the rankings .Fort Worth lands at No. 42, up from No. 81 last year. Arlington is No. 62 (No. 75 last year), Corpus Christi at No. 64, and Irving closely follows at No. 67 (No. 80 last year). Plano fell a bit, from No. 52 last year to No. 58 in 2018. Lubbock came in at No. 75, El Paso at No. 82, and poor Garland just barely makes the list, coming in at No. 96.
Typically on the 4th of July, Americans spend about $6.9 billion on food and more than $825 million on fireworks. A staggering 150 million hot dogs are devoured on the holiday, and 46.9 million people travel more than 50 miles from home to celebrate, WalletHub says.
If you want to celebrate in the best city in the U.S. of A., New York is the place to go, the survey says, followed by Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, and Seattle. But steer clear of San Bernardino, California, which comes in last at No. 100.
And if you're still without plans, check out our official list of eight best 4th of July events in Austin.