July 4 is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate freedom - of the country and after COVID - than a fabulous trip to somewhere grand!

Here are our best suggestions for a fabulous fourth!

Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis 

Memphis, Tennessee

  • Known as the “Home of the Blues,” Memphis TN is the perfect getaway for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Travelers can stay at the new-build Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis - the first and only hotel on the infamous Beale Street - putting them just steps away from all of the action that fills the city. Guests can spend their weekend relaxing at the hotel’s resort-style pool in a cabana with a drink in hand and embracing Memphis’ music culture at the Stax Museum and Sun Studios. When it’s time to celebrate Independence Day, guests can head up the hotel’s rooftop whisky bar Beck & Call where they’ll imbibe in local spirits and beers and have the best seat in the city for the Fireworks show over the Mississippi River as the “M” bridge lights shine in the background. To book, visit www.hyattcentricbealestreetmemphis.com.


Barnsley Resort

Barnsley Resort 

Adairsville, Georgia

  • Celebrate America’s independence with a fun-filled Fourth of July weekend at Barnsley Resort. Tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwest Georgia, this charming 3,000-acre resort-meets-playground is guaranteed to bring out the American spirit with a weekend filled with family friendly activities. The weekend begins on July 3rd with Family Flag Painting where guests can create an American-flag inspired keepsake, perfect for their porch or patio to remind them of the holiday weekend. That afternoon, guests can make their way to the Beer Garden to sit back, relax and enjoy an intimate fireside concert with local musician, J. Scott Thompson. The festivities continue on July 4th with a Family Bike Parade where guests can decorate their bikes, wagons, and strollers in red, white and blue and join the patriotic parade around the center of the village. The celebration continues with an All-American Cookout offering a classic American holiday inspired menu featuring hamburgers & hotdogs, smokehouse pork ribs, fried chicken and sensational signature sides. The evening's grand finale entails an impressive display of fireworks over the championship Fazio Golf Course. In between the special events, guests can take advantage of the resort's evergreen additional activities, including archery, axe throwing, horseback riding, golf and more. To book, visit www.barnsleyresort.com.


Playa Largo Resort & Spa

Playa Largo Resort & Spa
Key Largo, Florida 

  • Lay back in luxury this Fourth of July weekend with a Carribean-esque escape at Playa Largo Resort & Spa. Just an hour south from the hustle and bustle of Miami, yet a world away, this whimsical resort along the Florida Bay has all of the makings for an unforgettable red, white and blue getaway complete with an Independence day barbecue on the beach. For a little extra fun in the sun this holiday, guests can arrange a private cabana adjacent to the property’s stunning zero-entry pool. Each cabana has a flatscreen TV so guests can stay up-to-date with other Fourth of July festivities, and they can select from one of three cabana packages with varying tiers that include a mimosa kit, ice cold domestic beers, a bottle of Ketel One, peel & eat shrimp, signature island wings, fresh fruit and more. For those looking to take their Independence Day celebration up a notch, opt for a stay in The Hammocks, a secluded village of 10 colorful, two-story bungalows and one three-bedroom beach house. When the sun starts to set, guests can make their way to Blackwater Sound near Mile Marker 104 to celebrate the nation’s independence with a colorful display of fireworks starting at 10 p.m. To book, visit www.playalargoresort.com.


Hyatt Centric Las Olas

Hyatt Centric Las Olas

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Enjoy some South Florida sun and book a trip to Fort Lauderdale for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Stay in the heart of the city’s entertainment district at Hyatt Centric Las Olas, which will put guests just a few miles away from the city of Fort Lauderdale’s 4th of July Spectacular. The event will last throughout the day featuring water slides, face painting, arts & crafts, games concerts, contests and more. The celebration will come to a close with a concert from headliner, The Beach Boys and, of course, a fireworks show! When guests are wanting a break from the action, they can relax by the hotel’s Elev8 pool & bar where they’ll indulge in hand-crafted cocktails and light bites, complemented by premium city views. For a Fourth of July brunch, check out the property's lobby-level restaurant Harborwood Urban Kitchen & Bar, serving a delicious array of breakfast options (the Lemon Poppy Ricotta Pancakes can’t be missed!) After enjoying the fireworks show, head over to the hotel’s secret speakeasy where guests can keep the party going with upscale cocktails and a full gourmet menu to complement libations. Visit here to book.


Hilton Aventura Miami

Hilton Aventura Miami

Aventura, Florida 

  • Hilton Aventura Miami is the latest luxury property to adorn the Downtown Aventura Skyline, and just opened in March 2021. The new and chic hotel features an elevated pool deck that allows families to relax at the intimate plush cabanas and enjoy poolside service all day long, and is the perfect place to watch fireworks this Fourth of July. Hilton Aventura Miami’s prime location to some of the area’s best parks, beaches and other activities make it the ideal family escape this Fourth of July weekend. Guests are invited to watch the city’s annual 4th of July fireworks on the property’s veranda terrace and gaze at the beautiful firework display that illuminates the city's skyline. Aventura is easily accessible for Houstonians with daily flights to both Miami International Airport (MIA) and Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). The City of Aventura is nestled between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, 12 miles from each. To book, visit www.hiltonaventuramiami.com.


AC Orlando Downtown

AC Orlando Downtown 

Orlando, Florida 

  • Give your Fourth of July weekend a twist this year with a high-rise getaway at AC Hotel Orlando Downtown. With so much to do in “The City Beautiful,” the heart of Orlando comes alive with undeniable energy every Fourth of July as celebrations throughout the city bring in thousands of locals and travelers alike to watch America ring in Independence Day. Keep it chic as you make your way from the sleek aesthetics of the high rise to the iconic Lake Eola Park for the renowned ‘Fireworks at the Fountain’ celebration or kick summer into high gear with the ‘Red, White & Brew’ event at World of Beer featuring more than 50 craft brews on tap. In the middle of it all, AC Orlando’s rooftop terrace allows guests to ring in the special occasion with unparalleled city views at SkyBar, downtown’s newest hotspot, where guests can take in the Disney and Universal fireworks without the massive crowds. Once the fireworks die down, keep the party in the USA going with SkyBar's delicious bites and tapas, smoked cocktails, and live entertainment. When it's time to retreat, AC Hotel Orlando Downtown's King Corner rooms offer sweeping views and sleek accommodations with the city as the backdrop. To book, visit www.acorlandodowntown.com


Cynthia Calvert
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A trained journalist with a masters degree from Lamar University, a masters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as extensive coursework toward a masters of science in psychology from the University of New Orleans, Calvert founded the Tribune Newspapers in 2007. Her experiences as an investigative, award winning reporter (She won Journalist of the Year from the Houston Press Club among many other awards for reporting and writing), professor and chair of the journalism department for Lone Star College-Kingwood and vice president of editorial for a large group of community weeklies provides her with a triple dose of bankable skills that cover every aspect of the journalism field. Solid reporting. Careful interviews. Respect and curiosity for people and places.

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