When it comes to the 4th of July, there is nothing Americans love to do more to celebrate their country’s birthday than watch dazzling fireworks displays. Cities across the US compete to have the honor of creating the most eye-popping and jaw-dropping fireworks shows in the US. Here are some of the most impressive Independence Day fireworks celebrations.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, New York City, NY
This nationally-televised fireworks extravaganza is the largest pyrotechnics show in the US viewed by 3 million people every year. Fireworks are launched from barges at the Brooklyn Bridge and along the East River. This year marks the 41st Annual Macy’s 4th of July in New York City and it will be filled with food, musical performances, and all topped off with a 25-minute, 50,000 effect fireworks display fit for America’s 241st birthday.
Big Bay Boom, San Diego, CA
During this annual event, fireworks are set off in a gorgeous display from four barges in the San Diego Bay. With endless options for viewing points, on a boat or on land, the show continues to draw thousands upon thousands of viewers every year since it’s memorable fireworks mishap in 2012 where 18 minutes of fireworks went off in 15 seconds creating a short-lived, yet unforgettably beautiful scene.
National Mall Independence Day Celebration, Washington DC
It comes as no surprise that the most patriotic destination to celebrate our nation’s independence puts on a outstanding fireworks show. Fireworks shoot high into the air from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminating the night sky behind the Capitol and the Washington Monument. Sitting in the grass of the National Mall for the 17-minute show will give you an amazing view as the fireworks are concentrated to a small area of the sky for the best effect.
Addison Kaboom Town!, Addison, TX
Everything really is bigger in Texas. Addison is a suburb of Dallas home to 15,800 residents; however, for their 4th of July celebration, a whopping 500,000 people flock to the town. The fireworks show is preceded by live music, local food and an air show organized by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Then, living up to their “Kaboom Town!” nickname, Addison puts on a 30-minute display of over 3,000 pounds of fireworks, making this Independence Day celebration is truly a spectacle.
Wawa Welcome America!, Philadelphia, PA
In the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, the City of Brotherly Love ensures their annual 4th of July celebration honors America as America should be honored. With over half a million attendees, Philadelphia hosts a week-long celebration leading up to the largest free concert in the country headlined by grammy-winning artists and culminating in a 15-minute, 15,000-shell firework display with the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art in the background.
Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!, Nashville, TN
Nashville pulls out all the stops for its Independence Day celebration with a full day of free performances from country and soul music stars along with fun family activities all day long. 200,000 people head to the Music City annually for the largest fireworks display in the region lasting 27-minutes and choreographed to a performance by the world-renowned Nashville Symphony. This show is unlike any other across the country and makes it a top contender for best 4th of July celebration in the US.
Stunning fireworks displays can be found all around the US and these are just some of the best Independence Day celebrations worth a trip to witness. Enjoy a delicious and relaxing picnic with family and friends, sing along to live music, and end the night gawking at an incredible fireworks display sure to remind you of the amazing country you live in.