WalletHub shines the light on Independence Day celebrations across the U.S., ranking the 100 largest cities as 2017's Best and Worst Places to Celebrate Fourth of July based on how well they 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 4th weather forecast, the personal finance website’s data team ranks Houston in the middle of the pack as the 51st best city to fete the star-spangled holiday.
Houston ranks well on Affordability (No. 6) and Celebrations (No. 20), but is dragged down by low rankings in Attractions & Activities (No. 72), Safety & Accessibility (No. 68), and Weather (No. 83).
Dallas ranks tops in the state at No. 41, with relatively high rankings on Affordability (No. 11) and Celebrations (No. 18), while Austin comes in at No. 48, with above average rankings in Celebrations (No. 20), Affordability (No. 39) and Weather (No. 44).
Among Dallas suburbs, Plano comes in at No. 52, Arlington is No. 75, and Irving trails at No. 80.
Other Texas cities include San Antonio at No. 59 and Fort Worth at a measly No. 81. Be especially careful if you're driving in San Antonio or Lubbock, as both cities rank in the bottom 5 in the category of 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.
So where should you be when the fireworks go off? According to WalletHub's report, Atlanta is the best city to celebrate our nation's birthday followed by San Francisco and Buffalo, New York, respectively. For the full list, click here.