Whether you are preparing to travel to the United States or are already in the U.S., the Fourth of July is a huge time for celebration. The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a national holiday in which friends and family gather together in order to celebrate America’s independence. Typically, these gatherings consist of grilling food, playing outside, and taking in a fireworks display. While some friends and families choose to set off their own fireworks, this can be dangerous. Besides, there are some great firework shows you can enjoy, worry-free. Below, you will find a list of some cities that put on spectacular fireworks shows. If you are in the area, do not miss out on the best 4th of July fireworks shows in the United States!
Could there be a place more fitting to celebrate the birth of America than the country’s capital city? The Fourth of July celebration in the nation’s capital is much more than just a fireworks show. Around half a million people flock to Washington, D.C. in order to enjoy a parade and fireworks display. Over 100 different bands, floats, and military units march down Constitution Avenue during the parade. Once the sun has gone down, you can enjoy a brilliant display of fireworks with all of the monuments serving as a backdrop. If you are looking to take a long trip, then you should know that D.C. offers a lot of free activities throughout the week of the Fourth in order to celebrate America’s independence.
If you decide not to enjoy the festivities in D.C., then perhaps choosing another historically significant city would be a great choice for you. Philadelphia, which was once the nation’s capital, has a week-long festival to celebrate the Fourth of July. Not only will you be able to enjoy fireworks, but you can also attend several concerts throughout the week. On Independence Day, the city shuts down a section of Benjamin Franklin Parkway in order to hold a huge concert with many star musicians called the Philly 4th of July Jam. Following this concert, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show.
Imagine yourself sitting in the historic Riverfront district of one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Now imagine that the sun has gone down, you are overlooking the Mississippi River, and all of a sudden the night sky is filled with vibrant shades of yellow, blue, and red. This is exactly what it is like to be in New Orleans on the Fourth of July. The city provides various concerts and activities throughout the day, but once night falls, everyone makes their way down to the Riverfront for 'Go Fourth on the River' to watch fireworks being shot off of two barges that are floating in the middle of the river.
When the fog clears out from the Bay, San Francisco is able to put on one of the country’s best firework displays. San Francisco actually has two different launch sites. Known as a twin display, there are two different areas in which fireworks are displayed. You can thoroughly enjoy the shows separately by going to the Anchorage shopping center or Pier 39 garage. But if you go to Treasure Island, you can actually enjoy the entire show and see the Bay lit up by both shows. During the day, if you are looking for something to do, head out of San Francisco and visit Alameda, California. While Alameda is a tiny town, it is actually home to one of the country’s largest Fourth of July parades.
Set on Lake Union, Seattle's fireworks show was almost cancelled this year, but with some help from the community, it has been saved and revived. The show has been ranked as one of the top five firework displays in the U.S., this display is one that you don’t want to miss. The park that surrounds the lake is full of celebrations and activities all day. In the past, the fireworks display has been set to old anthems, classic hits, and current music. Along with the various activities in the park, you will also find a lot of different food venders, amazing views of the lake, and a beer garden.
For more tips on travel in the United States, check out this guide to transportation in the U.S. Happy Fourth of July!