How to celebrate the 4th of July in your city
Washington, DC: A Capitol Fourth
For a real patriotic delight, check out the legendary July 4th celebration in our nation’s capital. Fireworks exploding between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial are sure to thrill. A live concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol—featuring Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron, Barry Manilow, and the National Symphony Orchestra—is expected to draw an audience of more than half a million.
New York City: Macy's 4th of July
Join Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and Nick Cannon in the Big Apple for the nation’s largest fireworks display. Four Macy’s barges stationed in the Hudson River will launch more than 40,000 fireworks, all synchronized to a 26-minute-long musical score directed by Grammy-winning recording artist Usher.+
New Orleans: Go Fourth on the River
Jazz up your July 4th holiday by checking out the Big Easy fireworks. Dueling Barges in the Mississippi River, opposite the French Quarter, will serve up a delightful duo of sky lights. Coupled with the neighborhood’s world-famous cuisine, music and architecture, it’s an outing sure to titillate all your senses.
Nashville: Music City 4th of July
Celebrate Independence Day with live music and family-friendly fun. This year’s Music City event will feature The Band Perry and Keb’ Mo’, as well as the Nashville Symphony, which will perform the score for the riverfront fireworks display.
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
Since 1974, the Boston Pops Orchestra has been performing an open-air concert at the Charles River Esplanade to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Expect Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with cannons and church bells, followed by one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays over the Charles River.
Philadelphia: America’s Birthplace
There’s hardly a more appropriate place to spend July 4th than Philadelphia, the city that served as the meeting place for our founding fathers. The historic Philadelphia Museum of Art, home of the city’s annual Independence Day fireworks show, was originally opened in 1876 as part of the World’s Fair, which featured the 100th anniversary of our nation. Get out early to catch Party on the Parkway, a day-long event featuring food and entertainment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A pre-fireworks concert will feature John Mayer, Neo, Jill Scott, J. Cole, Grace Potter, Ben Taylor and Demi Lovato.
San Francisco: Beauty by the bay
Opportunities for interesting outings abound in San Francisco this Fourth of July. For 2013, the city is hosting the prestigious America’s Cup sailing race. Opening ceremonies will be held the morning of the 4th. Later in the day, check out the open-air Fourth of July Spectacular concert with the San Francisco Symphony at the Shoreline Amphitheater. Songs on this year’s two-hour-long lineup include “This is the Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde, “Nimbus 2000” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions.” In the evening, two synchronized sets of fireworks, one near the Marina Green and one near Fisherman’s Wharf, will dazzle the skies over the bay.
Seattle: Lighting up the Emerald City
Just a couple of months ago, it looked like Seattle’s fireworks extravaganza was destined for the dustbin of history. But the fabulous Lake Union firework display has risen from the dead, thanks to local behemoths Microsoft and Amazon. If a light show near the Space Needle calls to you, catch it while you can.
Las Vegas: Dazzling the desert
If you’re willing to brave the scorching heat of the hot desert sun, you’re in for a patriotic treat. Over the span of a week, three events are sure to thrill. On Independence Day itself, head to Symphony Park near historic downtown Las Vegas for an indoor Pops concert followed by outdoor fireworks. Other Vegas light shows include the Lake Las Vegas fireworks (Saturday, June 29th) and the Caesar’s Place Fireworks Show (Saturday, July 6), giving you a chance to experience dazzling holiday displays multiple times while soaking in a wide range of atmospheres, from old Vegas to the Strip to a lakeside resort.
Fair St. Louis
Fair St. Louis features three days of music, air shows, a parade and fireworks to honor our nation’s birthday. Trace Adkins, Bret Michaels and Counting Crows will entertain the crowds, while the Mississippi River and the infamous St. Louis arch provide a stunning backdrop for fireworks, with light reflecting off of both water and steel.