Best Firework Displays in the USA: Where to watch??

WHERE TO CELEBRATE THE 4th JULY??? This is always a burning question! Of course the 2nd question to be asked is where has the biggest & best firework displays!!

In this post we will answer that question. Where does have the best firework displays?

For the 4th July and other unique festivals and Parades across the USA. 

I have also outlined the best places to watch each of the great fireworks displays, including a few secret spots to avoid the crowds! ūüėČ

Map of the Top 10 fireworks Displays in the USA:

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This map below includes the best places to watch each of the great U.S Firework Displays!

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10. Best Fireworks: Atlantic City, NJ

There is something about watching the fireworks while hanging out on the Boardwalk that we simply love … and this famed resort town’s¬†annual fireworks display is certainly spectacular.

In fact, an estimated quarter of a million spectators flock to Atlantic City each year to watch the show.

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Insider Tip: Best place to watch the fireworks?

There are actually multiple displays set up throughout the town from the Marina District on down to the Tropicana.

So you can’t miss it if you grab any spot on the Boardwalk or on the city’s many beaches.

Each major casino will also have a viewing area set up … or you can even watch it from the carousel at the Steel Pier.

What makes Atlantic City’s fireworks extra special? Watching the show while hanging out on the Boardwalk

For more on Atlantic city, check out our: New York to Atlantic City Road Trip Itinerary!


9. Best Fireworks: Boston, MA

Listening to the Boston Pops while watching the fireworks really takes this to the next level … especially if the concert is live!

That’s the case during the annual¬†Boston Pops Concert Fireworks Spectacular¬†when approximately

half a million visitors head to the Esplanade alongside the Charles River hoping to secure a bit of blanket space in the Oval.

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Things are kicked off by the conductor at about 8:00 pm with a flyover during the national anthem.

At around 9:30 pm, the famed Boston Pops break into the¬†1812 Overture¬†… and then at 10:30 pm, the sky is set ablaze during a dazzling fireworks display.

Insider Tip: Best place to watch the fireworks?

If you aren’t into crowds at Charles River Esplanade in Boston, you can still see the fireworks from other areas around town.

In fact, you can make it an extra special experience by booking a Cruise along the river and watching the fireworks in style! 

Be aware, that river cruises at this time of year will sell out fast!

Follow the link here to check prices & availability HERE

You can even rent a canoe or Kayak if you fancy something different…just don’t fall in with the nation watching!

What makes Boston’s fireworks extra special? Listening to the Boston Pops during the display.

For more on Boston, Check out our:Boston to New York City: New England Road Trip!


8. Best Fireworks: Houston, TX

Everything is bigger in Texas, so it is no surprise that Houston has the largest land-based fireworks show in the US!

The annual Freedom Over Texas July 4th event features live country music, followed by an impressive show of fireworks that light up the night sky at Eleanor Tinsley Park.

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A mix of patriotic favorites along with modern rock ‘n’ roll makes for a spirited and explosive celebration!

What makes Houston’s fireworks extra special? It’s the largest land-based fireworks show in the US.

For more on Houston, check out our: New York to Dallas: Epic Road Trip Itinerary


7. Best Fireworks: Nashville, TN

Talk about going all out! Nashville’s¬†4th of July celebration¬†features a full day of free country music followed by a fireworks spectacular.

Fun Fact: The fireworks are choreographed to a live music set from the Nashville Symphony!

Drawing nearly 200,000 people to downtown Music City each year, the action is along Broadway or in Riverfront Park.

Best Fireworks Nashville, TN
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Insider Tip: Best place to watch the fireworks?

If you want to avoid the crowds, you should look for a spot on the east side of the Cumberland.

What makes Nashville’s fireworks extra special?

The city is in the running for the most over-the-top display in the country, so you may possibly see more fireworks than you would in New York City.

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For more on Nashville, check out our: Nashville to New Orleans Road Trip: Blues Highway 61


6. Biggest & Best Fireworks: New York City, NY

If you want to see the biggest and best fireworks in the US, you will need to head to New York City to the Big Apple’s West Side to watch the famous¬†Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display.

Fun Fact: Macys 4th July  fireworks display is the largest pyrotechnic show in the USA.

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More than 40,000 fireworks will soar up to 1,000 feet in the air during the dazzling display.!

This immense firework display is  accompanied with an orchestration by New York Pops Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

If the New York Wheel ever gets built, imagine watching the country’s largest fireworks display on the country’s largest observation wheel!

Insider Tip: Where to Watch the fireworks?

The fireworks are launched from four barges lining the Hudson River, stretching for 1.5 miles between 24th and 50th streets.

For public viewing inquiries, please contact the Macy’s Fireworks Hotline at 212-494-4495.

Want something special?

If you would like something truly special and a great view of the fireworks display then book a Hudson River Tour. 

This is one is my favourite, its really intimate & a great price! Check out prices & availability HERE

1.5-hour New York City Sightseeing Cruise on Yacht Full Moon from North Cove
1.5-hour New York City Sightseeing Cruise on Yacht Full Moon from North Cove. Source: viator

What makes NYC’s fireworks extra special? New York City has the largest fireworks show in the USA!

For more info on New York, check out: 8 Epic Road Trips from New York? inc Public Transport Options!


5. Best Fireworks: Philadelphia, PA

What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than in its birthplace?

This week-long Wawa Welcome America city-wide celebration includes everything!

From outdoor films to free museum admission to all-you-can-eat-ice-cream festivals!

This is one of the most 20 Unique Festivals in the USA

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On the 4th of July, the scene is set during a patriotic parade of Army bands and bugle corps weaving through the historic neighborhoods along 5th and Chestnut streets, while Philadelphia’s legendary Mummers strut down the streets in full costume glory.

Enjoy lots of food and fun along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway beginning at noon and culminating in what’s billed as the largest free concert in the country!¬†

Insider Tip: Where to Watch the fireworks?

Before the fireworks begin at 10:30 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

What makes Philadelphia’s fireworks extra special? You will be celebrating America’s birthday in its birthplace!

For more on Philadelphia, check out our: New York to Myrtle Beach Road Trip: Weekend Itinerary


4. Best Fireworks: San Diego, CA

The Big Bay Boom features the largest display of fireworks on the West Coast, shot off from four different barges and attracting 500,000 spectators each year. 

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The fireworks show consists of approximately 18 minutes of the most technically advanced fireworks that are produced by one of the best worldwide operators of fireworks displays.

The display is choreographed so that the four barges set off their pyrotechnics simultaneously to music that is broadcast live on THE MIGHTY 1090 and MAX FM 105.7 radio stations.

Insider Tip: Where to Watch the fireworks?

The Big Bay Boom fireworks show is displayed from Four barges on San Diego Bay at 9 PM.

Bring your lawnchairs, friends and even book a boat to watch from these locations:

  • Shelter Island
  • Harbor Island
  • North Embarcadero
  • Marina District
  • Coronado Ferry Landing
  • Boating/On The Water

There is Free shuttle service to Harbor Island and Shelter Island. 

You can even Download locations of the four (4) fireworks barges (pdf)

What makes San Diego’s fireworks extra special? It’s the largest fireworks display on the West Coast!

This is a great opportunity for a road trip see: 8 Bucket-List Road Trips from Los Angeles!


3. Best Fireworks: Seattle, WA

With plenty of food, music, games and two beer gardens, the Seafair Summer Fourth at Gas Works in Seattle provides a great festival leading up to the 21-minute fireworks display over Lake Union.

This year promises to be extra spectacular and will feature a unique water-based display with hundreds of white strobes floating directly on Lake Union.

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The fireworks finale promises to be over 1,000 feet high and cover an area nearly 1,500 feet across.

Insider Tip: Best place to watch the fireworks?

We just can’t decide whether it would be better to watch the fireworks from the Space Needle or from the ground!

(Probably from the ground so you can get the Space Needle in your photos!).

Be sure you have a high quality camera, see our recommended Travel Photography Gear

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Make sure you are equip with some great Photography Gear!

What makes Seattle’s fireworks extra special? It’s one of the most picturesque displays in the US!

For more on Seattle, check out our transport comparison & itinerary. Los Angeles to Seattle: Drive vs Bus/Train?


2. Best Fireworks: St. Louis, MO

For the fifth year in a row, the site of the 1904 World‚Äôs Fair is also the setting for ‚ÄúAmerica‚Äôs Biggest Birthday Party‚ÄĚ … this year, the¬†Fair St. Louis¬†will release 15,000 pounds of fireworks over the course of a three-night celebration, beginning on July 4th.

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The festival will include concerts and exhibitions including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Insider Tip: Best place to watch the fireworks?

The best place to watch the fireworks will be on Art Hill at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

What makes St. Louis’s fireworks extra special? It’s the setting for America’s Biggest Birthday Party!


1. Best Fireworks: Washington, D.C.

How can you get more patriotic than celebrating Independence Day in our nation’s capital?

The Fourth of July festivities in Washington, D.C. begins with the Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue and by celebrating America’s past at the¬†Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Finally, the star-studded concert event on the West Lawn of the US Capitol Building.

“A Capitol Fourth” begins at 8:00 pm and features everyone from television and movie stars, to rock legends and queens and kings of country music.

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The grand finale features US Army Herald Trumpets playing the 1812 Overture and featuring live cannon fire.

There will also be music by the US Army Ceremonial Band, the US Marine Drum, and Bugle Corps, and other military bands.

Then the fireworks launch from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, illuminating the sky behind the Washington Monument.

Insider Tip: Best place to watch the fireworks?

Anywhere along the National Mall is a great place to watch; however, for an extra special and less crowded time, book a boat cruise on the Potomac River. 

These are surprisingly cheap if you book in advance, as they tend to jack the prices up close to the 4th july day.

To check prices & availability, follow the link HERE 

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Potomac River cruise 4th july. Source: hornblower event

What makes Washington D.C.’s fireworks extra special? You will be celebrating in our nation’s capital!

For more on Washington D.C check out our: Atlanta to Washington DC Road Trip Itinerary


So there you have it! These are our picks for the Top 10 Best Fireworks in the USA!

If you know of additional fireworks displays that should be in this top 10 list, let us know about them and what makes them worthy of being in the list of the best fireworks in the US and we will consider them for next year!

6 Essential Tips before attending a large celebration?

6. Get there early

Due the vast amount of people, expect traffic and parking difficulties. So set off early to get a good spot!

5. Bring a high quality backpack!

A high quality backpack can be really useful to carry snacks and drinks especially when its busy at many vendors. Check out: Recommended Backpacks.

4. Watch out for pickpockets! 

With thousands of people in one place, its no wonder some bad people try to take advantage of this!

Protect yourself from pickpockets, with a hidden money belt! See our essential: Travel Accessories

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Have you packed all your Travel essentials!??

3. Book Your HOTELS in advance! 

With large number of visitors during the 4th July events, Hotel Rooms tend to sell out fast! So book well it advance.

For the best hotel prices check out: How to find the Best Hotel Deals??

We stayed at the Virginia Beach Hilton, it was amazing!
We stayed at the Virginia Beach Hilton, it was amazing!

2. Book Car Rental In advance

Due to the aforementioned reasons, car rental companies also tend to sell out quick during festival season.

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car rental travel hacks

For tips on how to get the best prices & avoid extra¬† car rental ‚Äúcharges‚ÄĚ.Check out:¬†Ultimate Car Rental Travel Hacks!

1. Book an organised Travel Tour!

Does organizing trips abroad stress you out??

Do you want a special experience like no other?

Then a organised tour could be for you!

They take care of flights, hotels, activities and can even buddy you up with other travelers.

Don’t know where to start? Check out: Which are the Best travel Tours?

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