Fireworks Displays – Where to Find the Best Shows #travel
Fireworks displays are something people of all ages can’t get enough of. The thumping in your chest. The bright, flashing technicolor blooms in the night sky. Laying on a blanket, or sitting in lawn chairs, staring at the sky anticipating each blast or color. It’s all a combination of wonder and old school fun. Fireworks displays are family fun that are as wholesome as they are colorful.
The Best Fireworks Displays in the United States
If you’re looking for the best of the best fireworks displays in the United States, you’ve got some choices. From coast to coast, cities put on some big time shows with July 4th rolls around, and here are the best ones for your enjoyment.
Minneapolis’ annual Red, White, and Boom festival is as exciting as the name. Starting on July 3rd, this 2 day celebration features a ton of live music, family friendly activities, and one of the largest fireworks displays in the United States.
Recognized by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the top 10 fireworks displays in the coutnry, Kaboom Town in Addison, Texas is absolutely epic in its scope and variety. This is more than fireworks. It’s a party featuring live entertainment, air shows, family activities, and OVER 1,500 POUNDS of fireworks!
Every year, over 500,000 visitors flock to the Charles River Esplanade for the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. This annual 4th of July bash includes concerts and an absolutely stunning fireworks display.
Chicago’s Navy Pier is home to a large, colorful, display of pyrotechnics. Enjoy the show from the pier itself or take in the display from a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. Fireworks are also set off every Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer, so if you miss the 4th, you can still take in some great fireworks action.
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Lake Tahoe, California
Recognized as one of the top fireworks displays in the country, The Lights on the Lake takes place twice a year. If you can snag a spot, take in the display from either Edgewood or Lakeside Beach on the 4th and Labor Day – the only two times of the year you’ll see the display.
The annual Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing event attracts the largest 4th of July crowd in all of the south. This daylong celebration features A-list country artists and the largest fireworks show in the region. It’s a full 27 minutes of spectacular fireworks choreographed to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony.
New York City, New York
Take in the largest of the United States’ fireworks displays, the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration. This absolutely massive display of pyrotechnic achievement is set off from multiple barges along the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. Aside from fireworks, the celebration also features musical performances by the biggest names in the industry.
Fireworks Displays for the Ultimate Experience
This coast to coast sampling of fireworks displays is the best of the best in the United States. The majority of these are more than fireworks displays, they’re day long family celebrations. If you’ll be traveling to any of these areas for the 4th, be sure to take in one of these epic fireworks displays. They’re a blast. (I had to. LOL)
I absolutely love Navy Pier’s firework shows! We try to see them if we are in town on the nights they have them during the summer.
Nothing beats the NYC fireworks, and that amazing skyline.
I bet NYC fireworks would be seriously something to see. I have never traveled to see fireworks but I bet it would be so much fun!
I need to check these fireworks shows out. I’ve seen a couple decent ones but I need to see the ones in Chicago!
Fireworks are my favorite thing about summer. I have always wanted to go see the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration.
We are not too far from Nashville. Maybe we will give that a try on the 4th.
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Wow, these are quite some displays of fireworks listed!
Our family, like many, love to get together to watch fireworks.
I love to see the fireworks. I vaguely remember seeing some in Chicago when it wasn’t the 4th and I know Disney does the nightly.
I’m in Canada, and we are celebrating Canada day on July 1st. There are a few spots we can see the fireworks. My son loves it.
Oh I have seen some pretty awesome fireworks displays. I would love to go to New York on the 4th!
Ooooo I really need to make it a point to
See fireworks in one of these locations!!!! I can only imagine how epic they just be!
I agree, Fireworks displays are always fun & age does not come as a barrier to enjoy the shows. I have got a chance to watch few in the past & would love watching one at the New York City anytime!