For many Americans, the Fourth of July is one of the best days of the year. This holiday lets us celebrate our great nation, embrace our patriotism, and enjoy the summer sun with friends and family as we host barbeques, play games, and have fun together. Wherever you are, there’s one universal component to any July 4th celebration that can’t be missed-the fireworks. From young to old, virtually everyone looks forward to a good fireworks display, and some will even choose their Fourth of July vacation destination based on the fireworks show.
If you’re looking for the top spots in the nation to catch the Fourth of July fireworks, I’m here to help. Visit one of these cities, and you’ll be treated to a light display like no other:
New York City, NY
As the largest city in America, it’s easy to see why the Big Apple makes this list. New York City orchestrates an incredible fireworks display each year, launching rockets from barges floating along the Hudson River. The lights reflect across the water and the buildings that comprise the most recognizable skyline in the world, leaving viewers breathless. While you can snag tickets to guarantee a great view of the action, you can find a solid spot to post up and watch the show with a little research.
Given Boston’s rich history, it’s easy to see why they’re eager to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The light show is coordinated with a performance by the Boston POPS Orchestra, making this an experience you won’t find anywhere else. Find a spot along Memorial Drive to watch the show, or splurge on tickets for an evening cruise and take in the performance from the water.
San Diego, CA
Looking for a spot to watch on the west coast? While there are a handful of west coast cities that do a great job, including San Francisco and Seattle, I recommend heading down to San Diego, where you’ll be treated to the aptly-named Big Bay Boom. After a fun-filled day of Fourth of July festivities, you and your family will be blown away by a massive fireworks display, launched from four giant barges at sea. While you can find a list of official watch locations on the website, it won’t be hard to find a spot to enjoy this light show.
Head into the heart of the nation and spend the Fourth of July in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where you’ll enjoy the city’s annual Red, White, and Boom festival. Home to one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country, you won’t be disappointed by the show – or the sheer number of things going on during the day. The event features face painters, balloon artists, and other family-friendly fun for the kiddos, as well as live music, local vendors, and other attractions.
Don’t be disappointed by your hometown fireworks display this Fourth of July. Instead, head to one of these cities and treat your family to one of the best fireworks shows you can find in the country.