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Sorry, Boston, there’s no place like LA for the Fourth of July, says

A 2010 file photo of the fireworks markng the end of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff.

Sometimes it seems that there’s no place quite like the Hub when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July, but a new survey begs to differ.

By its lights, Los Angeles tops the list as the ideal US city for saluting Independence Day, followed by Chicago and San Francisco.

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The survey is from, a comparison credit-card website. Boston ranked sixth out of 30 cities rated by’s Fourth of July survey.

In a press release about its “Best & Worst Cities to Celebrate Independence Day in 2013,” noted: “Fourth of July spending is expected to be significantly higher in 2013 than in years past. Americans, including those who are not planning overnight trips, are expected to spend an average of $300 on Independence Day celebrations this year – 58 percent more than the $190 we shelled out last year. That’s unsurprising given the economic recovery, but with rising credit card debt levels painting a worrisome picture of what the future could hold for many people’s personal finances, savings opportunities should be welcomed whenever they present themselves.”

In devising its rankings, said it examined such factors as weather, traffic, the prices of a city’s three-star hotels, a city’s walkability, and the number of bars and restaurants.

“Half of the 10 Best Cities for 4th of July Celebrations are in the West, largely due to more temperate weather and varied restaurant, bar, and entertainment options,” said.

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