There’s more to the Fourth of July than your average fireworks and parade fare. In honor of our nation’s independence, we’ve decided to be independently minded and present you with a cross-country score of options that rank highest on our list for the finest the Fourth of July has to offer!

Featured Fourth of July Events 2012

If you’re in LA, there’s no better way to celebrate the achievements of our founding fathers than by getting drunk in one’s name. We’re assuming there’ll be plenty of Sam Adams available at the Red, White and Brew Bar Crawl in Santa Monica. Or, if you’re looking for more neon and less inhibitions (because how else would you party for freedom?) there’s always Vegas, which while offering the most options also boasts the most pricey patriotic drinks: Try Tacos and Tequila’s 100-oz. Frozen Flagpole Daquiris for $35 a pop.

But the Fourth of July isn’t just a holiday for the enjoyment of adult refreshments. Seattle will be taking a more eco-friendly route with the city’s July 5th Lake Union Cleanup. Volunteers are encouraged to help re-beautify the natural landscape the morning after the fireworks revelry. You’ll get free pastries, T-shirts, and the satisfaction of having not only celebrated but (literally) contributed to land and country.

Finally, Chicago’s looking out for the kids. The heartland’s windy city will tap into the egalitarian nature of the Fourth by offering free events at Grant Park and the Chicago History Museum. Patriotic performances and music are up on the docket, with lots of favorite songs and activity to keep the entire family in the holiday mood for one whole afternoon.

For more options – and, of course, the ticketing means to attend them! – see our full list of Fourth of July 2012 events below:

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4th of July Events in NYC

Event Category Venue Time
Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz Concert Pier 94 12:00 PM
Victor Calderone Concert Governors Island 4:00 PM
Strawberry Fields with Strawberry Fields:Tribute To the Beatles Concert B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 7:00 PM
Led Blimpie A Led Zeppelin Tribute Band with Dirt Concert Mercury Lounge 8:30 PM
Bill O’Connell and the Latin Jazz Allstars Concert Birdland 11:00 PM
Nice Work if You Can Get It Broadway Imperial Theatre 2:00 PM
Empires Broadway Spiegelworld 7:00 PM
Old Jews Telling Jokes Broadway Westside Theatre Upstairs 2:00 PM
The Fantasticks Broadway Snapple Theater 2:00 PM
Perfect Crime Broadway Snapple Theater 2:00 PM
One Man, Two Guvnors Broadway Music Box Theatre (NY) 8:00 PM
The Common Pursuit Broadway Laura Pels Theater 7:30 PM
Leap of Faith Broadway St. James Theatre 8:00 PM
Sleep No More Broadway The McKittrick Hotel 3:30 AM
The Lyons Broadway Cort Theatre 8:00 PM
Leap of Faith Broadway St. James Theatre 2:00 PM
Silence the Musical Broadway 9th Space Theatre at PS122 8:00 PM
The Common Pursuit Broadway Laura Pels Theater 2:00 PM
Miracle On South Division Street Broadway St. Luke’s Theatre 2:00 PM
One Man, Two Guvnors Broadway Music Box Theatre 2:00 PM
Miracle On South Division Street Broadway St. Luke’s Theatre 8:00 PM
Voca People Broadway New World Stages 7:00 PM
The Lyons Broadway Cort Theatre 2:00 PM
Jersey Boys Broadway August Wilson Theatre 7:00 PM
Green Room Broadway 54 Below 10:30 PM

4th of July Events in Chicago

Event Category Venue Time
The Joanna Connor Band Concert Kingston Mines – Blues Center 8:00 PM
Leadfoot Concert Ace Bar 9:00 PM
Texas Rangers at White Sox Sports US Cellular Field 6:10 PM

4th of July Events in Los Angeles

Event Category Venue Time
Barry Manilow with Los Angeles Philharmonic Concert Hollywood Bowl 7:30 PM
War Horse Theater Ahmanson Theatre 8:00 PM
The Exorcist Theater Geffen Playhouse 8:00 PM
GRAMMY Museum General Admission Theater The Grammy Museum 11:30 AM
Cincinnati Reds at Dodgers Sports Dodger Stadium 6:10 PM

4th of July Events in Seattle

Event Category Venue Time
Les Miserables Theater 5th Avenue Theatre 7:30 PM
Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners Sports Safeco Field 1:10 PM

4th of July Events in Las Vegas

Event Category Venue Time
Celine Dion Concert The Colosseum At Caesars Palace 7:30 PM
The Platters -The Coasters -The Marvelettes Concert Rio Hotel & Casino 8:30 PM
Hitzville Concert V theater at Planet Hollywood 5:30 PM
The Coasters Concert Crown Theater 8:30 PM
Eric Prydz Concert Surrender Nightclub at Encore 10:00 PM
Frank Marino’s Divas Concert Human Nature Theater Imperial Palace 10:00 PM
The Australian Bee Gees Concert Excalibur Hotel and Casino 7:00 PM
The Platters with The Coasters Concert Rio Hotel Crown Theater 8:30 PM
Crazy Horse Paris Theater MGM Grand Crazy Horse Theatre 8:00 PM
Vinnie Favorito Theater Flamingo 8:00 PM
Riviera Comedy Club Theater Riviera Comedy Club Theatre 8:30 PM
The Rat Pack Theater Crown Theater And Nightclub Rio Hotel 7:00 PM
Hypnotiq Theater Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino 9:00 PM
Jon Manfrellotti Theater Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club 8:00 PM
Dancing With The Stars Theater Tropicana Hotel and Casino 8:00 PM
Shades of Sinatra Theater Wolf Theater 8:00 PM
Surf the Musical Music of the Beach Boys Theater Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino 9:30 PM
Surf the Musical Music of the Beach Boys Theater Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino 7:00 PM
Viva ELVIS Theater Elvis Theater at Aria 7:00 PM
Viva ELVIS Theater Elvis Theater at Aria 9:30 PM
Mac King Theater Harrah’s Showroom 1:00 PM
Mac King Theater Harrah’s Showroom 3:00 PM
Eddie Griffin Theater King’s Room at Rio 7:00 PM
Trent Carlini Theater Hilton 6:30 PM
Tournament of Kings Theater Excalibur Hotel and Casino 6:00 PM
Jeff Civillico Theater Human Nature Theater Imperial Palace 2:00 PM
Terry Fator Comedy Mirage Terry Fator Theatre 7:30 PM
Amazing Jonathan Comedy Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino 9:00 PM
Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis Comedy V theater at Planet Hollywood 10:00 PM
Improv at Harrahs Comedy Improv Comedy Club Harrah’s Hotel 8:30 PM
Brad Garretts Comedy Club Comedy Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club 8:00 PM
George Wallace Comedy Flamingo 10:00 PM
Frank Marino Comedy Imperial Palace Hotel 10:00 PM
Tucson Padres at 51s Sports Cashman Field 7:05 PM

4th of July Events in San Francisco

Event Category Venue Time
The Pine Box Boys Concert Cafe Du Nord 6:00 PM
American Idiot Theater Orpheum Theatre 2:00 PM
American Idiot Theater Orpheum Theatre 8:00 PM
Death of a Salesman Theater Actors Theatre 8:00 PM

4th of July Events in Atlanta

Event Category Venue Time
The Reggae Tribute: Honoring the Birth Anniversary of Bob Marley! Concert Apache Cafe 3:30 AM
Al Smith’s Midtown Jam Session Theater Apache Cafe 8:00 PM
Chicago Cubs at Braves Sports Turner Field 7:10 PM

4th of July Events in Denver

Event Category Venue Time
B-52s with Squeeze Concert Denver Botanic Gardens 6:30 PM

4th of July Events in Tampa

Event Category Venue Time
4th of July Family Funfest Theater American Victory Ship 6:00 PM