Happy 241st birthday United States! Today, we celebrate the nation’s independence with food, friends, and most importantly fireworks. Cities big and small will have fireworks displays come sundown. However, some display are better than others. If you are looking for a truly spectacular fireworks show, visit one of these cities.
New York City, NY (Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks)
The fireworks display in New York City is the biggest display in the country. The designers of the show use over 50,000 pyrotechnic effects to create a dazzling 25-minute show. The display is televised, however, it’s even better in person. Don’t want to deal with downtown traffic? No problem. Head anywhere in the area that has views of the East river. The display is so massive it is easily seen from far distances.
Washington D.C. (National Mall Independence Day Celebration)
If you are feeling extra patriotic, head to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The celebration begins early in the day with events happening around the city. Fireworks are displayed over the National Mall. As the attendance in the city is expected to be hundreds of thousands, we suggest you get to the mall early and grab a spot on the grass. Bring food and drinks to have a picnic. The earlier you arrive the better. It will be worth the wait as watching 17-minute explosions of color over the reflecting pool is unlike any other.
Philadelphia, PA (Wawa Welcome America!)
The City of Brotherly Love pulls out all the stops for its weeklong 4th of July celebration. As it is where the nation was actually born, Philly shows its pride with free events all week that culminate into live music performances and a 15-minute firework display. This year attendees can see superstars Mary J. Blige and Boys II Men. Fireworks are set off behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Therefore, prime viewing spots are on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Nashville, TN (Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!)
Music City, U.S.A., celebrates Independence day with, what else, but music. There are many free live performances throughout the day, such as Chris Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Jonny P. The day ends with an over-the-top fireworks display set to the sounds of the Nashville Symphony. For the best views, snag a spot on Broadway or in the Riverfront Park.