Americans come together to celebrate the birth of a nation every Fourth of July. Fireworks are at the center of these festivities. Get ready to grab a blanket, pack some snacks and check out our list of the most spectacular fireworks displays found around the nation.
As the city where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, it’s no wonder Philadelphia tops the list of the best places to witness fireworks honoring our country’s independence. The Wawa Welcome America Festival is a weeklong celebration offering three opportunities to experience the city’s dazzling light show. Two shows light up Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River in the days leading up to the Fourth with the main fireworks event on Independence Day itself. Watch festive explosions high above the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Head to Minneapolis for the riverfront’s July 4th celebration known as Red, White, and Boom. The grand fireworks extravaganza over the mighty Mississippi isn’t the only draw. Festivities start early in the morning with a 5K, live music and plenty of street performers.
One of our country’s most historic cities presents visitors with a memorable fireworks display each July 4th. Fired off from barges in the middle of the Charles River, spectators can view the show from either the Cambridge or Boston side of the waterway. The event offers a military flyover, many festive events and music by the Boston Pops Orchestra to go along with the fireworks display.
What better way to celebrate our nation than by a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan while watching one of the most impressive fireworks displays around. Visitors preferring to stand on solid ground can head to Navy Pier for the best viewing options. Those not able to make it to the Windy City to celebrate our Independence can enjoy the city’s spectacular fireworks display every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer.
New York, New York
For a truly iconic Independence Day celebration, head to Manhattan for Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. With displays high above Brooklyn and the East River, visitors can watch from the shores along lower Manhattan and South Street Seaport. This year’s performers include Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban, and if you don’t make it into the city for the show — not to worry — NBC will broadcast the holiday event live starting at 8 p.m. ET.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Dueling barge fireworks over the Mississippi are what draws spectators to NOLA each July 4th. New Orleans is known for its party vibe and the Fourth of July is no exception. Make it a true New Orleans experience with a steamboat ride to view the fireworks from the water.
Rose Bowl Stadium is the host of Southern California’s AmericaFest. This summer holiday celebration boasts a world-renowned fireworks spectacular. Celebrate the Fourth with classic American cuisine, an exhilarating motorcycle stunt show and loads of fun for the whole family.
With a skyline of iconic monuments as a backdrop, Washington, D.C., is one of the most patriotic locations to celebrate America’s freedom. The city offers a variety of spots to watch. From rooftop bars to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a cruise along the Potomac, visitors are in for an unforgettable holiday.