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How Austin stacks up to the best places to celebrate 4th of July

How Austin stacks up to the best places to celebrate 4th of July

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Austin falls in the middle on this list of best and worst places for Fourth of July. Photo by Alicia Vega

A new report shines the light on Independence Day celebrations across the U.S., ranking the best and worst places to celebrate Fourth of July, based on how well the 100 largest cities balance holiday cost and fun.

Using 18 key metrics, taking into account stats like average beer and wine prices, duration of fireworks shows, and the July Fourth weather forecast, WalletHub's data team ranks Austin in the middle of the pack, as the 48th best city to celebrate the star-spangled holiday.

Austin ranks a decent No. 20 for celebrations and falls in the middle for attractions (No. 49), affordability (No. 39), and weather (No. 44). Our safety and accessibility ranking, however, is an unimpressive No. 81.

Dallas ranks tops in Texas at No. 41, with relatively high rankings on affordability (No. 11) and celebrations (No. 18). Among Dallas suburbs, Plano comes in at No. 52, Arlington is No. 75, Irving trails at No. 80, and Fort Worth is No. 81. 

Houston appears at No. 51 on the list, and San Antonio ranks No. 59. Be especially careful if you're driving in San Antonio or Lubbock, as both cities rank in the bottom five for the most DUI-related fatalities per capita.

On average, Americans spend $7.15 billion on Fourth of July activities, with more than $1.6 billion on beer and $800 million on fireworks. A record 44.2 million people are expected to travel 50-plus miles from home over the holiday weekend.

Where should you be when the fireworks go off? Atlanta is the best city to celebrate our nation's birthday, followed by San Francisco and Buffalo, New York.