Houston the beautiful
Fourth of July is upon us, and Houston is just the place to be, according to a new study that names H-Town 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 Houston No. 3 in Texas and No. 27 nationally. The site graded each city on its celebrations, affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, and — always crucial — weather.
Houston, where there are plenty of events and fireworks extravaganzas to choose from, ranks ninth in celebrations, 28th in affordability, and 31st for attractions and activities. Regarding safety and accessibility, we rank 70th, and for holiday weather, we're just about the worst (99th out of 100).
WalletHub isn't the only one taking notice of Houston this summer. Travel site Priceline deems it the country's top spot for millennials to spend the Fourth of July, as well as the most affordable destination, based on holiday hotel bookings. Dallas takes the No. 2 spot on both lists.
Big D also ranks tops in Texas and an impressive No. 6 in the nation in WalletHub's report. Austin inches ahead of Houston at No. 26, Fort Worth ranks No. 33, and San Antonio is No. 45.
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.