Fireworks Shows in Cities across the U.S.

Jun 30, 2015
On the road for the Fourth? Celebrate like the locals do in these cities:

New York

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For those lucky enough to see Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in person in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, not on the NBC broadcast, they are in for performances by Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Dierks Bentley and more. Also Gloria Estefan will debut her original song "America" featuring Park Place Community Middle School Choir from Brooklyn. NYC Transit will run increased subway service before and after the show, which begins at 8 p.m. ET.

Some of the best places to see the show: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Promenade, South Street Seaport, promenade along Roosevelt Island, boardwalk on the edge of Long Island City


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Concerts at the DCR Hatch Shell in Beacon Hill begin on Friday at 8:30 p.m. The main act complete with pyrotechnics, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and the fireworks go off at 10:30.

Some of the best places to see the show: Along the Charles River, Bunker Hill, Castle Island or on the water

Washington, D.C.

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Visible from locations across D.C. and parts of northern Virginia, the fireworks will be launched from the Reflecting Pool area of the National Mall at 9:09 p.m. ET.

Some of the best places to see the show: The National Parks Service recommends U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, The White House Ellipse, West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park, Anacostia Park, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Virginia), George Washington Memorial Parkway


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The Grand Finale Fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art features The Roots and special guests including Miguel and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and caps off a day of patriotic parties citywide. Before the show, check out daylong Party on the Parkway on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20 Street to Eakins Oval with food trucks, kids games and more.

Some of the best places to see the show: Event organizers recommend Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Paine’s Park, Martin Luther King Drive, Schuylkill River Park, Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park, Kelly Drive and Belmont Plateau


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Homebase for the celebrations is downtown's Navy Pier, which is set to host the display starting at 9:30 p.m. this year. For the second year, the pier is throwing the family-friendly Freedom Fest, a BBQ on its rooftop deck with a live DJ as well.

Some of the best places to see the show: Millennium Park, a patch of beach south or north (or the lakefront burbs) or rooftops by the shore


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There's two days of celebration this year in Music City. On the eve of the holiday, the Jack Daniel's Main Stage at 1st and Broadway will have a free concert, starting at 4 p.m., with singer/songwriter and pianist Gabe Dixon, singer/songwriter Elise Davis, and DJ DU. On the holiday itself, the city is hosting what it calls the country's biggest fireworks show, Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!, with Martina McBride, Mikky Ekko plus the Nashville Symphony.

Some of the best places to see the show: Riverfront Park, Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, Adventure Science Center and East Park


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The perfectly named Kaboom Town show is big by even Texas standards. The suburb outside of Dallas hosts the show that kicks off around 9:30 p.m. and is said by locals not to be missed.

San Francisco

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The show over the Bay takes place in front of Pier 39 at 9:30 p.m. Throughout the day starting at noon, the pier will host family concerts and events, in an event sponsored by Discovery's Shark Week.

Some of the best places to see the show: the city's many hills, on the water, Coit Tower, the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square or any place along the Embarcadero

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