As the summer heats up across the U.S., nothing beats a great 4th of July celebration. Barbeques, hometown parades and, of course, fireworks make America’s birthday a fun holiday for the whole family. While most cities have some sort of celebration, some are over the top. Here’s our list of America’s Greatest 4th of July Celebrations.
America’s Greatest 4th of July Celebrations
The American Revolution began here, so it makes sense that Bostonians know how to celebrate America’s birthday. Events at the 31st annual Harborfest start June 28th with activities running through the 4th of July. Since 1973 the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular has been one of the greatest fireworks shows in the country.
These days more than 500,000 people gather on the banks of the Charles River for the show. The Boston Pops symphony orchestra plays the 1912 Overture as fireworks erupt over the river.
Home to America’s National Independence Day Parade, the Nation’s capital is known for their patriotic 4th of July celebration. Starting at 11:45 on the 4th, thousands of spectators gather along Constitution Avenue for the massive parade.
Enjoy concerts starting at 6:00 p.m. on the west lawn leading up to the patriotic fireworks celebration. The fireworks are launched at 9:10 p.m. from the Reflecting Pool and are visible from many areas in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
The National Mall is a great place to catch these fireworks, but the National Park Services also has a list of other great viewing areas.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orlean’s 22nd Annual Go 4th on the River features concerts and a dueling barges fireworks extravaganza. Concerts start at 4:00 p.m. in the French Market. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m at the river where fireworks come from two different barges.
New York, New York
The 36th Annual Macy’s 4th of July fireworks will take place on the west end this year. Called “Ignite the Night” this year, the patriotic extravaganza will feature 40,000 fireworks synchronized to music.
There will be also be performances by pop star Katy Perry and country legend Kenny Chesney. You can view the fireworks from anywhere with an unobstructed view of the Hudson River. Access points, viewing areas and transportation options are all available on the website.
San Diego, California
A holiday smack in the middle of summer calls for a beach party in San Diego. Or, if you prefer, spend the day at the San Diego County Fair enjoying concerts and a parade. And, of course, you can’t miss the 12th Annual “Big Bay Boom” Fourth of July Fireworks show starting at 9:00 p.m. on the 4th of July. There are five great locations to view the epic fireworks show, including North San Diego Bay & the Imperial Beach Pier.
St. Louis, Missouri
Home to “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,” you can spend the day in St. Louis enjoying fabulous air shows and concerts under the Gateway Arch. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can start your day with an early morning run (choose between a four-miler or a one-miler).
Then at 10:00 a.m. find a spot to enjoy the 135th Annual Veiled Prophet Parade. Dazzling air shows and great concerts will keep you entertained until the fireworks start at 9:20 p.m.
Awesome Fireworks Displays Around the World
In celebration of the U.S.’s Independence Day we’ve pulled together some photos of events celebrated with fireworks around the world.
United States of America: Fourth of July (Independence Day)
photo credit: Poldavo (Alex)
England: Guy Fawkes Day (aka Bonfire Night)
photo credit: Docklandsboy
Singapore: National Day
photo credit: Stephen_AU
Australia: Australia Day
photo credit: Robert Whitehead
Brazil: Reveillon (New Year’s Eve)
photo credit: Experiencias de viagem de 1 Brasileiro
India: Diwali (Festival of Lights)
photo credit: mckaysavage
Malta: Malta International Fireworks Festival
photo credit: tpholland