With the Fourth of July being mere days away, it is time to start thinking about where you want to celebrate our nation’s most patriotic holiday. You only get to partake in the perfect combination of hot dogs, hamburgers, fireworks and sunshine for one day a year. AAA says this will be the biggest Fourth of July travel period ever, with an estimated 44.2 million Americans expected to travel. I know traveling causes some people to be filled with anxiety, but, personally, I love a good vacation.

Unfortunately, it’s an undisputed fact now that most American workers aren’t taking advantage of their paid vacation days anymore. In fact, the Huffington Post reported that about 40 percent of Americans don’t plan on using all of their paid time off this year. Luckily for you, there is now scientific proof that taking a vacation is good for your health. Relaxing and getting away from your problems, both personal and professional, can help lower anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure. This can, in turn, lower the risk of heart disease and chronic illness caused by stress.

So it’s settled: you’re taking a vacation! But, how do you choose where to go? That’s where this comprehensive list of the best spot to celebrate each U.S. holiday can come in handy! For instance, this Independence Day they recommend heading over to New York City; the Big Apple never disappoints. Not only can you watch the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, but you can enjoy the Macy’s 4th of July firework show. This 25 minute show has been around for 40 years, and always features celebrity performers and more than 40,000 fireworks.

So take a deep breath, and treat yourself to a little getaway. Your boss and co-workers will survive without you, trust me. The world will not end! There’s no better time than now to go on your dream vacation. If it is too late for you to plan a trip for the Fourth of July, look through the rest of the guide and pick another holiday that fits your fancy. Labor Day is coming up on September 3rd. The last summer holiday is the perfect time to fit in one last vacation before the season ends and your fall schedule gets busy. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling inspired. Anyone in for a last minute weekend getaway?