Red, white, blue, and every other color imaginable can be found in the sky when fireworks go off on the Fourth of July. Almost every city in the country has a fireworks display and while most of them are great, there are some that are so phenomenal that people are willing to travel there just to see the fireworks.
Here are the 10 best cities for Fourth of July fireworks:
1 New York City, New York
The largest fireworks display in the United States is in New York City. Macy’s puts on this show every year and it usually lasts approximately twenty-five minutes. The fireworks can be seen from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, plus on televisions around the world.
2 Washington D.C.
Fireworks explode over the reflecting pool in front of the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. every Fourth of July. The show lasts for approximately seventeen minutes and people are encouraged to get there early in the day for the best spot. The best places to view the fireworks are any grassy spot on the National Mall, the Potomac Park, or the steps of the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials.
3 Boston, Massachusetts
The fireworks in Boston are launched from seven barges in the Charles River and the Boston Pops Orchestra plays live music during the display. One of the music pieces is Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and the cannon firing sound is real.
4 Atlantic City, New Jersey
There are two fireworks displays in Atlantic City. One is on the Third of July and the other is on the Fourth of July. Each one lasts for approximately fifteen minutes, but prior to the launching of the fireworks, the Declaration of Independence is read.
5 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Declaration of Independence was signed in the city of Philadelphia, so it is no surprise that they put on an amazing fireworks display every Fourth of July. The evening begins with the largest free concert in the country and then ends with a fifteen minute fireworks display. The best spot to view these fireworks is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
6 Lake Tahoe, California
The Sierra Mountains provide the backdrop for the fireworks display in Lake Tahoe and tens of thousands of people arrive on the Fourth of July to see the twenty-five-minute display. The fireworks can be seen from just about everywhere, but people say that the best spots are El Dorado Beach, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, and the summit of Mount Tallac. However, the better spot is aboard either The Tahoe Queen or M.S. Dixie II, which are paddleboats that take guests out on the water for the fireworks.
7 San Francisco, California
Fireworks are launched from the Municipal Pier and barges in the water for this twenty-five-minute display. The fireworks explode over the San Francisco Bay and people will find that Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf are the best places to watch them. However, if a person wants to avoid the crowds, they can climb the hill to Coit Tower, which is in Pioneer Park.
8 Nashville, Tennessee
The entire Fourth of July is filled with free music in Nashville and country music artists flock there to perform for the crowds. During the fireworks, the Nashville Symphony performs live music. The best seats for the display can be found along Broadway, in Riverfront Park, or on the Eastern side of the Cumberland.
9 Addison, Texas
Addison, Texas has one of the top ten fireworks displays in the United States, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association. The entire day is filled with live entertainment, family fun, and air shows, and they all lead up to the main event when the sun goes down.
10 Chicago, Illinois
Lake Michigan is the launching point for the fireworks that explode over the windy city every Fourth of July. Chicagoans and visitors flock to the Navy Pier to watch the fireworks with the grand 150 foot Ferris wheel in the background.
Each one of these cities have quite a few more visitors on the Fourth of July, due to their amazing fireworks displays. The trip to these cities are worth the short time that the fireworks are found in the nighttime skies. Besides, once the fireworks are over, visitors can begin to explore the rest of what these cities have to offer.