With Independence Day right around the corner,
stage and screen offers up some of the best places to be on the 4th of July:
New York City
No list of the nations top fireworks events would be complete without mentioning Macy’s annual show in New York City. It’s the largest fireworks display in the whole country and has a history dating back more than 40 years. With Jennifer Lopez headlining a star-studded list of performers, it promises to be yet another spectacular evening. You can see the fireworks from anywhere with views of the sky above East River, or watch this American tradition unfold live on NBC from 8PM Eastern.
The City of Brotherly Love, and birthplace of the United States, will host an eight-day festival leading up to the grand finale of a huge pyrotechnic display over the Philadelphia Museum of art.
San Diego’s ‘Big Day Boom’ is the largest display on the West Coast. Up to 500,000 spectators are anticipated to flock to the shore of the bay to watch four barges launch their fireworks into the night sky. Organizers are saying this is promising to be the biggest year yet, so if you want a seat get there early.
Boston’s 4th of July fireworks have been going on for 43 years, with a history of live musical entertainment as well as performances by the Boston Pops Orchestra, culminating in a dazzling display over the Charles River.
Music City plans to live up to its name, with performances from Chris Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jonny P, The Sisterhood, and the Nashville Symphony. This event usually attracts the largest Fourth of July crowds in the entire South to its daylong activities, musical performances and the largest fireworks show in the region.
The National Capital will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a 17 minute long fireworks display lighting up the DC skyline including the Capitol, White House and Washington Monument. Barry Manilow will be headlining festivities including the National Symphony Orchestra. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the city for the display, but if you want to avoid the crowds you can catch all the action on the PBS broadcast of the event.
The City of Angels promises a night of glitz, glamour and pyrotechnic beauty from the Hollywood Bowl to the Long Beach waterfront. The dazzling fireworks equally star-studded crowds have made Los Angeles one of the best July displays over recent years.
Proving that everything really is bigger in Texas, Houston will host the largest land-based fireworks show in the whole country. Dubbed ‘Freedom Over Texas’, the celebrations will feature six hours of entertainment for the whole family, followed by a fireworks show that combines pyrotechnics and music.