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Houston shines among America's best places to celebrate 4th of July

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Fourth of July is upon us, and Houston is just the place to be, according to a new study that names H-Town among the top places to celebrate the holiday.

Personal finance website WalletHub recently released a list of the best and worst places to celebrate July Fourth this year, ranking Houston No. 3 in Texas and No. 27 nationally. The site graded each city on its celebrations, affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, and — always crucial — weather.

Houston, where there are plenty of events and fireworks extravaganzas to choose from, ranks ninth in celebrations, 28th in affordability, and 31st for attractions and activities. Regarding safety and accessibility, we rank 70th, and for holiday weather, we're just about the worst (99th out of 100).

WalletHub isn't the only one taking notice of Houston this summer. Travel site Priceline deems it the country's top spot for millennials to spend the Fourth of July, as well as the most affordable destination, based on holiday hotel bookings. Dallas takes the No. 2 spot on both lists.

Continue reading on CultureMap to see where other Texas cities rank on the list.

Composite photo by Jack Brame

Jose Altuve sent shock waves through Houston over the weekend with his walk-off home run that has the Astros returning to the World Series for the second time in three years.

Altuve has certainly become a fan favorite in Houston, but has he surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon and Earl Campbell when it comes to all-time greats in Houston sports?

ESPN 97.5's Charlie Pallilo shares his thoughts on where Altuve ranks among the greatest athletes in Houston sports history.

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