8 Awesome 4th of July Fireworks Shows

Are you a fireworks aficionado? Do you just love watching July 4th fireworks, with all those blasts of color lighting up the sky? Have you ever wondered where the best 4th of July fireworks are?

Here’s eight of the most elaborate, most spectacular, most colorful, fireworks displays scheduled for this July 4th. Enjoy the show, because it’s just not a 4th of July without a spectacular fireworks display lighting up the night time sky!

National Mall Independence Day Celebration – Washington DC

What could be better than watching fireworks blast off over the Reflecting Pool during Washington D.C.’s National Mall Independence Day Celebration? Spending the whole day in Washington DC enjoying all the day’s festivities! Claim your fireworks viewing spot early, though. This is one of the most popular July 4th celebrations.

Washington DC 4th of July

Don’t miss the 4th of July parade down Constitution Ave, and the pre-fireworks concert at the U.S. Capital west lawn. Can’t be in DC? Watch PBS’s live feed of all the action.

Disney Celebrate America – Magic Kingdom, Orlando FL

How cool is this! Celebrate July 4th with Micky, Minnie, and all their friends at Disney’s Celebrate America! Fourth of July Concert in the Sky. It doesn’t get much better than fireworks lighting up the night over Cinderella’s castle.

Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

You can see this musical fireworks display from most areas inside the park, but the best place will be near Cinderella’s castle.

Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks – Philadelphia PA

Kick off your July 4th celebrations at the Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks. Billed as the “Largest Free Concert in America,” listen to music from The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc and Arianna Grande. Then look to the sky for an amazingly colorful fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Pilly 4th July Jam Fireworks

It’s gonna be explosive along Penns Landing this weekend! Can’t make the show and fireworks display in person? Watch all the action live at PhillyJam.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks – New York City

The iconic Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show returns to the Brooklyn Bridge, where over 40,000 fireworks will brighten the sky high above the East River. Enjoy performances by The Zac Brown Band, Lionel Richie, Hunter Hayes, and Enrique Inglesias. Then enjoy a fireworks display like none other, in honor of the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner. 

Macys 4th of July Fireworks - NYC

Hosted by Nick Cannon, it’s a show not to be missed. Find the Best Spots to see the show. And if you can’t make it in person, watch NBC’s live stream.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – Boston MA

Head on down to the St. Charles River for a most impressive Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Celebrate July 4th in style with live music by The Boston Pops, and special guest appearances by the Beach Boys, Megan Hilty, Joey McIntyre, and others.

Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks

Not in Boston? Catch all the action at the free Boston Pops July 4th webcast. Live streaming begins at 7:30pm.

Freedom Fest at Navy Pier – Chicago IL

Make it a night of July 4th fun and festivities at Chicago’s famed Navy Pier. Come on down early for dinner and a little shopping. Then settle in for the Navy Pier Freedom Fest Fireworks later in the evening. Get to the Pier early! It will be crowded.

Chicago Navy Pier Fireworks

Hit the water for an even better vantage point to watch the Windy City light up. Too crowded? Watch the fireworks from home at WGN-TV’s live feed.

San Francisco Bay – San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Bay provides a spectacular back drop for the City of San Francisco’s Fireworks Extravaganza. Two sets of fireworks are synced to go off at the same time, providing awesome views from throughout the area. Arrive early to grab a spot at Pier 39 for most impressive panoramic views of the fireworks over the bay.

San Francisco Pier 39 Fireworks

Both sides of the bay will offer superb vantage points to watch this amazing light show.

Lights On The Lake Fireworks – Lake Tahoe, CA

The Tahoe area is the place to be for 4th of July fireworks in northern California, for sure! Just imagine yourself kicking back on the beach, toes comfortably snuggled into the sand, as you watch the amazing Lights on The Lake Fireworks bursting over Lake Tahoe. What an awesome way to celebrate the 4th of July!

Lake Tahoe Lights on the Lake

Fireworks can be seen all around Lake Tahoe, but the best vantage is truly beachside.

Happy 4th of July!

Do you enjoy watching a spectacular fireworks display? Where’s your favorite place to catch a fireworks show? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Wishing you and yours a fab 4th of July weekend! I’ll be enjoying our own local fireworks show, courtesy of Longwood Gardens!


Images from: National Park Service (Washington DC), DisneyWorld, Wawa Welcome America (Philadelphia), MichealTapp via Flickr (NYC), Lei Han via Flicker (Boston), City of Chicago, SteveDunleavy via Flickr (Lake Tahoe), DavidYu via Flickr (San Francisco)


    • carolbiederman says

      It sure would be awesome! Hope you catch a great show where ever your travels are right now! Happy 4th!

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