Best 4th of July Fireworks Display From All Over the Country
1. New York
The 42nd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York is the biggest, massive display in the USA, using 3,000 effects in a 25-minute extravaganza that’s viewed live by 3 million people annually. The pyrotechnics are launched from 7 barges along the East River between East 23rd and East 40th Streets, with performers Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton doing the pre-show.
2. Atlantic City
Atlantic City’s famed fireworks display is set up on a platform in the Marina District, while the Borgata show will last 20 minutes, as will the fireworks at Tropicana. Atlantic City is always packed in the summer, but 250,000 spectators flock here each year to catch the show.
3. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville goes all out for the 4th of July, with a full day of free music (the lineup includes Lady Antebellum and Kid Politics) and fireworks choreographed to a live set from the Nashville Symphony. The event draws in nearly 200,000 people each year to downtown Music City. In the past, the city has allegedly set off more fireworks than New York City, putting it in the running for the most over-the-top display in the country.
4. Washington D.C
It doesn’t get more patriotic than the Fourth of July in D.C.. To watch fireworks burst over the reflecting pool in front of the Washington Monument, make sure to show up early and nab a grassy spot on the National Mall—we recommend bringing a picnic and making a day of it. The pyrotechnics are concentrated in a small part of the sky for maximum effect, and the show lasts 18 minutes.
5. Dallas, Texas
Though the Dallas suburb of Addison is only home to 15,800 permanent residents, a staggering 500,000 swell the town come Independence Day. That’s thanks to its epic, 30-minute-long display on July 3, which uses 5,000 pounds of fireworks. Before the bangs, check out an airshow put on by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, featuring aerobatics and pyrotechnics.
Boston’s display is renowned for its accompaniment—live music performed by the legendary Boston Pops Orchestra, which features—yes—real cannon fire. The fireworks are nothing to sneeze at, either—an impressive array of pyrotechnics are shot from barges along the Charles River.
7. St. Louis
The 1,371-acre Forest Park, site of the 1904 World’s Fair, is the setting for “America’s Biggest Birthday Party” for the fifth year running. Fair St. Louiswill release 15,000 pounds of fireworks over three nights (July 4, 6, and 7). Concerts and exhibitions over the course of the fest include performances by Jason Derulo, Martina McBride, Andy Grammer, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage.
8. Lake Tahoe
The reflections cast by fireworks in the crystal-clear water of Lake Tahoe, with the Sierra Nevada mountains as a backdrop, makes this one of the most visually arresting shows in the country. Around 125,000 visitors head to the California–Nevada border to see this 25-minute display.
9. San Diego
San Diego may be best known for the spectacular fireworks fail of 2012, where an entire 18-minute fireworks display accidentally exploded in a matter of 15 seconds. But, with possibly the loudest display five years in the past, the Big Bay Boom continues to draw more and more people to watch fireworks launch off four barges in the bay.
Philly, The City of Brotherly Love, pulls out all the stops for its weeklong Fourth of July celebration—as well it should, considering the Declaration of Independence was signed here. It all culminates in one of the largest free concerts in the country and a 14-minute, more than 4,000-shell fireworks display viewed by more than 500,000 gawkers. This year’s live-music lineup includes Pitbull and Heather Headley.
11. San Francisco
San Francisco Bay is the setting for this dramatic spectacle, attracting hundreds of thousands of viewers. Fireworks launch from barges in the water and off the Municipal Pier, north of Pier 39 in the Fisherman’s Wharf district. Show up earlier in the evening to catch the event’s live performers.
Source: Condé Nast Traveler