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How San Antonio stacks up to the best places to celebrate 4th of July

How San Antonio stacks up to the best places to celebrate 4th of July

picnicking before the fireworks show
San Antonio isn't one of the best places for Fourth of July, according to Wallethub.  Photo by Alicia Vega

A new report shines some light on Independence Day celebrations across the U.S., ranking the best and worst places to celebrate Fourth of July based on how well the 100 largest cities balance holiday cost and fun.

Taking into account stats like average beer and wine prices, duration of fireworks shows, and the July Fourth weather forecast, WalletHub's data team ranks San Antonio in the bottom half at No. 59.

San Antonio ranks well for affordability (No. 17) and celebrations (No. 36), but we have dismal showings in the attractions and activities (No. 87) and safety and accessibility (No. 93) categories. Be especially careful when you're driving, as Alamo City lands in the bottom five for the most DUI-related fatalities per capita.

No Texas city lands high on this list. Dallas is tops in Texas at No. 41, with relatively high rankings on affordability (No. 11) and celebrations (No. 18). Close behind are Austin, No. 48, and Houston, No. 51.

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.

Where should you be when the fireworks go off? Atlanta is the best city to celebrate our nation's birthday, followed by San Francisco and Buffalo, New York.