The Best 4th of July Fireworks Shows

One of the most beloved traditions to celebrate the 4th of July is a fireworks show. It is something that the entire family can enjoy and often look forward to during the rest of the year. A truly great fireworks show is one that you plan a trip to go and see. According to, there are several fireworks shows across the United States that are so amazing, you should plan a special family trip just to see them.

Washington, D.C. Fireworks

At the Washington, D.C. show, fireworks are set off over the beautiful Washington skyline in an amazing display. There is a parade before the fireworks, which features all branches of the military. The fireworks show is followed by a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra. This fireworks show is so special that is it broadcast on PBS every year. Washington, D.C. Fireworks 6th and Water Street SW, Pier 4 Washington, DC 20024

New Orleans, Louisiana Fireworks Show

Fireworks over the Big Easy are a sight to behold. If anyone knows how to throw a party, it's the folks in New Orleans. This show features two barges which are anchored in the Mississippi River battling it out with glorious fireworks displays. This show was ranked the 5th "must see" fireworks show in the U.S. by the American Pyrotechnic Association. Go 4th on the River Lower Canal Street Wharf New Orleans, LA

New York, New York Fireworks Show

The Macy's Fireworks Spectacular is the name of the fireworks show that takes place every July 4th in New York City. During the fireworks show, fire boats which are situated in the Hudson River shoot streams of water into the air. Most participants sit on the river bank to enjoy the fireworks show, the boats and synchronized music from the local radio stations. For the best view of the show, go to 12th Avenue below 59th Street. There are several access points along 11th Avenue. The Macy's fireworks Spectaculr Hudson River New York, NY

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fireworks Show

The Sunoco Welcome America celebration is the only fireworks show in the country to last an entire week. Beginning the week before the 4th of July, this celebration inclucdes concerts, parties and a festival like atmosphere. There is a large party on the Ben Franklin parkway before the show and an annual concert featuring various musical guests. The best place to view the fireworks is the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Ben Franklin Parkway, though you can bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle down at any point along the parkway. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 215-683-2200

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