If you’re looking for the best fireworks in the US, then you have come to the right place! Here’s our guide to the best fireworks displays across America and terrific places to add to your bucket list to celebrate this or an upcoming 4th of July.
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.
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.
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 a half a million visitors head to the Esplanade alongside the Charles River hoping to secure a bit of blanket space in the Oval.
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.
If you aren’t into crowds, you can still see the fireworks from other areas around town; in fact, you can make it an extra special experience by renting a canoe or kayak and watching the fireworks from the river.
What makes Boston’s fireworks extra special? Listening to the Boston Pops during the display.
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. 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.
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 that is 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. 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.
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. This fireworks display is our country’s largest pyrotechnic show! The fireworks are launched from four barges lining the Hudson River, stretching for 1.5 miles between 24th and 50th streets.
More than 40,000 fireworks will soar up to 1,000 feet in the air during the dazzling display to the sounds of the accompanying orchestration by the 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!
What makes NYC’s fireworks extra special? New York City has the largest fireworks show in the USA!
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! 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 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!
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. 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.
What makes San Diego’s fireworks extra special? It’s the largest fireworks display on the West Coast!
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. The fireworks finale promises to be over 1,000 feet high and cover an area nearly 1,500 feet across. 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!)
What makes Seattle’s fireworks extra special? It’s one of the most picturesque displays in the US!
Best Fireworks: St. Louis, MO
For the fifth year in a row, the site of the 1904 World’s Fair is also the setting for “America’s Biggest Birthday Party” … 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. The festival will include concerts and exhibitions including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. 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!
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.
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 before the fireworks launch from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, illuminating the sky behind the Washington Monument.
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.
What makes Washington D.C.’s fireworks extra special? You will be celebrating in our nation’s capital!
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!