10 Destinations for the Best of America’s Epic Fireworks Displays

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With July 4th around the corner, everyone has one thing on their mind: fireworks. Whether you like to keep it simple with sparklers, or you’re more of a Roman Candles enthusiast, fireworks are universally loved. There’s some debate as to who hosts the best fireworks show, but why must there be only one winner? There are several spots throughout the country that have spectacular shows to celebrate America’s Independence. We’ve compiled some of the most impressive locations in the country to watch fireworks!

Philadelphia

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It’s no wonder that the birthplace of the United States tops our list. With a week of festive events and activities, you can celebrate before, during and after Fourth of July. Everything culminates on Independence Day with one of the largest free concerts in the nation and a breathtaking firework show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. What’s more explosive than a dazzling firework show set to a live soundtrack?

Minneapolis

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Minneapolis provides some of the best fireworks the Midwest has to offer. The Stone Arch Bridge is the best place to catch the action. Located on the Mississippi River, you’ll be able to witness the show all while enjoying the rich history of the city. Minneapolis has plenty of July 4th activities, including a “Red, White, and Boom” marathon so you can burn some calories before indulging in some traditional BBQ. It’s no surprise Minneapolis graces our list of top places to enjoy the fireworks!

New York City

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There are plenty of great spots to watch fireworks, but there’s nothing that quite compares to the energy and electricity of the big apple. Macy’s pulled out all the stops this year with star-studded performances by Brad Paisley and Hailee Steinfeld. Not to mention, they have arguably the most elaborate fireworks display in the country. With all of the rooftops in NYC, there’s plenty of great locations to catch the view. The New York City skyline is gorgeous as is, so just imagine it with fireworks bursting in the air. This spectacular show will make you proud to be an American!

Washington D.C.

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It only makes sense that our nation’s capital would put on a “monumental” fireworks show. Located in The National Mall, you’ll be able to view some the country’s best pyrotechnics all while surrounded by some of the world’s most famous landmarks. It doesn’t get more patriotic than this! Plan a picnic for the day and score a premium viewing spot while you’re at it. If you’re looking for more than a colorful show, there is an Independence Day Parade featuring marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, drill teams and more. For those seeking a truly patriotic day, there’s no better place to celebrate America’s birthday.

San Diego

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San Diego makes our list with its “Big Bay Boom” fireworks show. With four different barges launching fireworks on the Bay, this explosive event is true to its name. There are plenty of locations to watch from, so grab a lawn chair, sit back, relax and enjoy the view. For those with a nautical flare, you can experience the fireworks by boat on the San Diego Bay. If you’re looking for stars, stripes, and sailboats, San Diego is the perfect place to watch fireworks.

Addison Kaboom Town!

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Most people wouldn’t expect this small town to grace our list, but this quaint city is not to be underestimated. The name alone is reason enough to earn a coveted spot on the list. For more than three decades, Addison Kaboom Town! has been named among the top fireworks shows in the country. The city may be charming but the fireworks are anything but humble. With an air show, carnival rides, music, and food, there’s something for the whole family. It’s important to mention that this magical event takes place on July 3rd. Get your fireworks fix early and find out why “everything is bigger in Texas.”

Boston

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A Fourth of July fireworks list wouldn’t be complete without the city in which much of the American Revolution took place. Boston’s rich history makes it the perfect spot to catch the fireworks. One of the many traditions includes reading the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old State House just as it was read to the citizens of Boston on July 18, 1776. Following this ritual is a glorious lineup of popular musical artists (Andy Grammer, Melissa Etheridge, Leslie Odom, Jr.) and a 23-minute fireworks display over the Charles River. There are so many great places to watch the fireworks, but none that will feel quite as special as one of America’s oldest and most influential cities.

Miami

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Miami is known for its epic parties and nightlife, and Fourth of July is no exception. Whether you’re looking to go downtown or towards the beach, there is an event for everyone. Bayfront Park and Bayside Marketplace are teaming up to host “America’s Birthday Bash,” one of South Florida’s largest fireworks displays. Bayfront Park will have a free all-day event featuring a kid’s play zone, food and beverages, giveaways and live music. It might be tough to decide what’s more beautiful: the dazzling fireworks cascading the sky or Miami’s inhabitants.

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Bar Harbor has a very impressive fireworks display, but this city’s entire July 4th experience is what justifies its presence on our list. Start your day off with a traditional blueberry pancake breakfast. After all, you’re going to need some fuel for the exciting day ahead. Next on the agenda is the entertaining and patriotic Independence Day Parade. If you’re not too full from breakfast, indulge in some lobster and mussels at the Seafood Festival. Close the night out with a magnificent firework show on the waterfront. With a full day of events, there’s no better place to host America’s birthday party.

Lake Tahoe

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While Lake Tahoe may not have the biggest fireworks display, they certainly have the most majestic show. The view from the lake is stunning and the colorful sparks reflect off the water for the ultimate experience. You can even book a late-night cruise and indulge in an exquisite meal with a perfect view of the skies. Whether you view the dazzling fireworks from land or water, there’s nothing quite like experiencing a firework show surrounded by the beauty of mother nature.

As evidenced by our guide, there are plenty of unique places to watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s Independence. Whether you’re looking for an extreme firework display or something with a bit more character, there are fireworks shows out there for everyone. Even if you can’t make it to one of these exciting locations, you can always go to a local spot or put on a firework show of your own! The important thing is that you spend time with the ones you care about and reflect on the beauty of being free.