Best Fourth of July fireworks in the USA
37th Annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks in NYC
Held on the Hudson River in New York City, the event produced by Pyro Spectaculars promises 40,000 fireworks synchronized to a 25-minute handpicked score. Pyro Spectaculars is a fifth-generation company that has been staging fireworks displays for well over 100 years.
Not in New York? The show will be broadcast live on July 4 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
'Let Freedom Sing' celebration in Nashville, Tenn.
If there's one thing Nashville knows how to do, it’s throw a party. This year's July 4th celebration, “Let Freedom Sing,” serves up two days of free live music, including blues musician Keb' Mo' and The Band Perry, and incredible fireworks at The Lawn at Riverfront Park.
The Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra will choreograph live music with the fireworks show, which is promised to be the largest and longest show in the city’s history.
Please visit visitmusiccity.com for more information of Fourth of July festivities in Nashville, Tenn.
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
Happy 40th birthday, Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular! Held in the birthplace of the revolution, this exciting blend of music and revelry will be seen live by hundreds of thousands of people along the Charles River Esplanade.
This year's Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will feature Boston/New England performers including Grammy-winner Susan Tedeschi from Norwell, Mass., singer-songwriter Howie Day from Brewer, Maine, national recording artist Ayla Brown from Wrentham, Mass., and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ellis Hall from Roxbury, Mass. They will all join Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
For more details, go to july4th.org.
San Francisco Waterfront Celebration
A San Francisco tradition for more than 40 years, more than 10,000 total shells are fired from the Municipal Pier at Aquatic Park and a barge 1,000 feet off Pier 39. Produced by Pyro Spectaculars, this show is the largest in the Bay Area and this year promises even more and newer fireworks displays. Pyro Spectaculars hosts more than 400 Fourth of July shows a year.
For more information, visit pier39.com.
“Lights on the Lake” in Lake Tahoe
Routinely listed as one of the best lakes to visit in America and consistently on the American Pyrotechnics Association's list of top shows, “Lights on the Lake” attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually. The show begins around 9:45 p.m. and the best viewing spot is around South Shore’s sandy beaches.
Rose Bowl - AmericaFest in Pasadena, Calif.
Widely considered “America's Stadium,” the Rose Bowl will host its 87th annual, and largest, fireworks show of its storied history on the Fourth. Thousands of special effects fireworks will be launched from inside and outside the stadium as a part of a daylong entertainment extravaganza featuring live performances and a family fun zone with food, entertainment, crafts and inflatable rides. Hello, fun!
For more information, visit rosebowlstadium.com.
Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
The fireworks at Disney are amazing on any given day, but when Disney tries to make it even more magical, Disney succeeds. Disney has been doing fireworks since 1971!
This year Disney will celebrate Independence Day every night from July 1 to 7. Called “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” the 14-minute fireworks extravaganza will also include patriotic red, white and blue lighting projected onto Cinderella's Castle. There will also be a brand-new concert-band-style score to accompany the fireworks.
Visitors do not have to pay to get into the parks to enjoy the Disney fireworks. Here are a few alternate locations where they can be watched:
- The fourth floor observation deck at Contemporary Resort
- The beach at the Polynesian Resort or from Ohana's
- The beach at the Grand Floridian or from Narcoossee's
- From nearby boats, monorails or docks
To plan your Orlando vacation, visit planamagicvacation.com.
Celebrate where the July Fourth tradition of the firing of guns, cannons, bonfires and fireworks all started.
“It's obvious, but yet not so obvious, as few outsiders consider Philadelphia,” says travel expert Robert Reid.
“There's big free concerts outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art every year, a parade a block from Independence Hall with re-enactors from the Revolutionary War and Civil War, as well as local Ecuadorian dancers. And on July 8, there's a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on the anniversary that that document actually became public. Re-enactors do this. I volunteered to be a "loyalist" a couple years ago, and ripped up copies of the document as the reading was done. ‘Traitor!’”
Reid also says it’s easy to get hotel deals in Philadelphia. “Just call and ask,” he says. “I stayed a third night for free for asking – it's not as busy as NYC.”
Here’s how to celebrate America’s birthday in Philadelphia.
This unique salute to America's independence will feature a fireworks display from two dueling barges over the Mighty Mississippi. The show, choreographed to stirring patriotic classics and simulcast to more than 38 states, paints beautiful strokes of radiant light with the sky as a canvas and color as the palette. The presentation has been named as one of the top 5 must-see fireworks displays in the United States by American Pyrotechnics Association.
For more information, visit go4thontheriver.com.
Independence Day at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis
There are few locations better to watch fireworks than at the nation’s tallest monument, the Gateway Arch, where each burst reflects off this majestic stainless steel monument in downtown St. Louis.
The city of St. Louis hosts Fair St. Louis, one of America's biggest birthday parties, with three days of family fun, featuring air shows, parades, fireworks displays and free concerts (Trace Adkins, Bret Michaels and the Counting Crows this year).
For a one-of-a-kind view of the fireworks, visitors can reserve their spot on the Gateway Arch Riverboats for a special fireworks dinner cruise on the Mississippi River.
For more information, visit fairsaintloius.com.