The Fourth of July is coming, which means it鈥檚 time for flaunting your fashionable stars and stripes, trying out various versions of patriotic-flavored ice cream and, of course, some fun in the sun. If you happen to live by water, then lucky you, because (safely) soaking up the rays and dipping into the water will always be a favorite way to celebrate. That鈥檚 all the more true if you happen to live near Ocean Beach, La Jolla Cove, Laguna Beach聽or any聽others that made the list of the 20 most popular beaches in the US, which also just happen to be the perfect place for your Fourth of July picnic.

Friends enjoying outdoor picnic on the beach.

According to Swarm, the game-like check-in app from Foursquare, some beaches are much more popular than others (i.e. receiving more check-ins via the app), with聽20聽nabbing the top spots for sandy greatness.聽Granted, the numbers also reflect the population of the particular areas (just because it鈥檚 the busiest doesn鈥檛 always mean it鈥檚 the best), but since so many people聽seem to like it enough to throw down their blankets, it鈥檚 surely worth a trip.聽Whether you鈥檙e looking for lotsa sun, soft sand or playful waves, here are the top waterside lounging spots.

Group of friends jumping at the beach


1. Venice Beach聽(Venice, California)

2. Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk聽(Brooklyn, New York)

3. Ocean Beach聽(San Francisco, California)

4. Santa Monica State Beach聽(Santa Monica, California)

5. La Jolla Cove聽(La Jolla, California)

6. Miami Beach聽(Miami, Florida)

7. Waik墨k墨 Beach聽(Honolulu, Hawaii)

8. Laguna Beach聽(Laguna Beach, California)

9. La Jolla Shores Beach聽(San Diego, California)

10. Baker Beach聽(San Francisco, California)

11. Coronado Beach聽(Coronado, California)

12. Siesta Key Beach聽(Sarasota, Florida)

13. Fort Lauderdale Beach聽(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

14. Clearwater Beach聽(Clearwater Beach, Florida)

15. Mission Beach聽(San Diego, California)

16. Pacific Beach聽(San Diego, California)

17. Manhattan Beach聽(Manhattan Beach, California)

18. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park聽(San Diego, California)

19. Carmel Beach City Park聽(Carmel, California)

20. Hollywood Beach聽(Hollywood, Florida)

Which beach is聽your favorite (whether it鈥檚 on the list or not) and why? Tweet us @BritandCo!

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