Austin the beautiful
Fourth of July is upon us, and Austin is just the place to be, according to a new study that names the Capital City among the top places to celebrate the holiday.
Personal finance website WalletHub recently released a list of the best and worst places to celebrate July Fourth this year, ranking Austin No. 2 in Texas and No. 26 nationally. The site graded each city on its celebrations, affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, and — always crucial — weather.
Austin, where there are plenty of events and fireworks extravaganzas to choose from, ranks 10th in celebrations and 21st in affordability. It comes in a middle-of-the-road 42nd for attractions and activities and 47th for safety and accessibility. Regarding holiday weather, however, we rank a poor 95th out of 100.
For those looking to celebrate elsewhere in the state, Dallas is tops in Texas and an impressive No. 6 in the nation. Houston is right behind Austin, at No. 27, Fort Worth ranks No. 33 and San Antonio is No. 45.
WalletHub isn't the only one taking notice of Texas this summer. Travel site Priceline deems Houston (No. 1) and Dallas (No. 2) the top spots for millennials to spend the Fourth of July, as well as the most affordable destinations, based on holiday hotel bookings.
According to the National Retail Federation, 86 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Independence Day this year, with 61 percent expecting to do so with a cookout, barbecue, or picnic gathering, and households will spend $6.7 billion on just food observing the holiday.
A lot of that money will be spent in New York City, which tops the WalletHub list, ranking first in attractions and activities and second in both celebrations and safety and accessibility.