Michael Guerriero is the author of Party Across America! 101 Of the Greatest Festivals, Sporting Events, And Celebrations in the U.S. Laid off from his corporate job, Guerriero used his severance pay to fund a cross-country trip to find the best parties in America. I asked him about the top spots for this Fourth of July.

Taste of Chicago.

Fourth of July in Grant Park takes place during the country’s largest food festival. After gorging yourself on Chicago’s finest cuisine, stake your claim on a piece of grass for the “1812 Overture,” which signals the start of a fireworks display that makes a KISS concert seem like child’s play. Live music and partying in Grant Park the rest of the evening.

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