The Fourth of July is officially here! It’s a time to celebrate this great nation’s Independence Day with some ball games, barbecues, beer and most spectacularly: fireworks! All across the country, people gather to watch firework shows, which come in all different shapes and sizes. These explosive celebrations offer some of the coolest sights, enjoyable atmospheres, and greatest memories.
If seeing a spectacular fireworks show is on your to-do list this year, here’s some of the best places to watch across the nation. Be sure to come prepared with some photography tips to capture these shining moments and that patriotic spirit!
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
New York City, New York
Every year, Macy’s puts on an enormous fireworks show over the East River making it one of the biggest displays in the country. Using 3,000 effects, the display lasts for 25 minutes of amazing visuals seen by over 3 million people. One of the best parts of watching the show is the variety of options you have to stand and view the show. Grab a view of the shows from the Manhattan side or head across the river to Hoboken, New Jersey and take in the dazzling spectacle.
DO A.C. 4th of July Fireworks
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Are you looking to play a few games alongside your fireworks shows? If so, make your way to southern New Jersey to take in the Atlantic City Fireworks Show. Every summer, around 250,000 people visit Atlantic City for the Fourth of July. The annual fireworks show runs for 18 minutes and is launched from the Marina District for optimal viewing by everyone on the boardwalk.
National Mall Fourth of July Celebration
For one of the most patriotic fireworks shows, head down to our Nation’s Capital. Most of the 18-minute show’s fireworks are concentrated in one small part in the sky for maximum effect. For an equally stunning view, head over to the Washington Monument. Spectators can see firework shows in the reflecting pool in front of the Washington Monument!
Deep in the heart of Texas, the fireworks shows are spectacular. Kaboom Town is an Independence Day celebration on July 3rd featuring food vendors, entertainment, an air show, and an extravagant 30 minute long fireworks display, which uses 5,000 pounds of fireworks.
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
As one of America’s most historic and notable cities, Boston knows how to celebrate the country’s independence. The celebration features an orchestral performance accompanied by cannon fire and guest artists as well as an impressive fireworks display along the Charles River.
July 4th Celebration at the Pier
San Francisco, California
Just north of Pier 39, fireworks of all shapes, colors, and sizes light up the San Francisco Bay with one spectacular show. The best places to watch from land are Aquatic Park at Jefferson and Hyde streets, the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Coit Tower.
Big Bay Boom
San Diego, California
Southern California is featuring a top of the line fireworks performance this year. Aside from its fireworks fail of 2012, Big Bay Boom in San Diego consistently delivers a spectacular 18-minute show with four barges spread out across the bay. Anyone can get a view of the show from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village/South Embarcadero, or Coronado Ferry Landing.