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Red, White, and Booze: NOLA Nabs 12th Spot in Ranking of Best Cities to Celebrate 4th of July

It’s no secret that we here in New Orleans enjoy any reason for a party. Ahead of Independence Day just one week away, a new study found that the Big Easy is one of the best destinations in the country to throw down in the name of being free. 


Perhaps not surprising for a city that so expertly lets les bon temps roule, but New Orleans offers one of the best balances between holiday spending and celebrations. WalletHub conducted the star-spangled survey, analyzing 100 of the largest U.S. cities on key criteria like hotdogs costs, fireworks accidents, crime rates, and weather forecasts. 


According to the findings, the Crescent City’s final score was 64.84 — ranking in 12th, just behind Atlanta (in first), San Francisco, Buffalo, Washington D.C., San Diego, Madison, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Orlando, Seattle, and Minneapolis. 


New Orleans ranked 6th in the country for both Fourth of July celebrations and attractions & activities. The celebration metric examined legality of fireworks, duration of a fireworks show, average price of Fourth of July party tickets, and number of holiday festivals and performances. The latter indicator was culled from WalletHub’s separate ranking of the Best & Worst Cities for Recreation, for which New Orleans came in 11th place in the country. 


In terms of affordability, the Big Easy came in 52nd place — a median ranking that illustrates that the city is on par with the national average for costs associated with hamburgers and hotdogs, average beer & wine prices, and prevalence of affordable 4.5+ star restaurants and 3 star hotels. 


New Orleans did not fare as well in the categories of weather and safety & accessibility. Certainly, with the Fourth of July falling in the midst of hurricane season, Mother Nature doesn’t look too kindly upon the festivities. The city ranked 81st in the U.S. for weather, analyzed from forecasted precipitations and forecasted temperatures versus ideal temps. 


In the safety & accessibility metric, New Orleans ranked in 88th place across major U.S. cities. This category examined averages for walkability, traffic congestion, crime rates, access to public transportation, and pedestrian fatalities. In a more in-depth indicator, the Crescent City had the second highest rate of DUI-related fatalities per capita, after San Antonio and St. Louis (tied in first). 


Check out WalletHub's graphic below to check out where all the states rank. 

Source: WalletHub

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