Best Places to Watch Fireworks Throughout the U.S.
To us, fireworks is what really makes the Fourth of July the Fourth of July. Do you agree? If you’re like us and can’t imagine celebrating the 4th without seeing an amazing fireworks display - and you’re up for a bit of travel - then you’ll want to check out some of the best places to watch fireworks throughout the U.S. below. These cities take fireworks to the next level, ensuring you’ll see some of the best fireworks of 2019.
St. Louis, Missouri
Celebrate the 4th at "America's Biggest Birthday Party” under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The Arch is one of America's most famous landmarks and is a gorgeous place to view fireworks. Each year, the city’s major celebration kicks off with a 4-mile run, followed by a parade and concerts, culminating in a majestic fireworks display over the river.
Head to Nashville for its annual “Let Freedom Sing!” event. Experience an epic celebration featuring daylong family-friendly activities, performances from dozens of Nashville musicians and the region’s largest fireworks show - a 27-minute show choreographed to a live performance by the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony.
Visit Miami to partake in “America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park”. This dazzling fireworks display over the picturesque downtown landscape promises to be every bit as spectacular as the city’s famous nightlife scene.
Manhattan, New York
If you want to see the nation’s largest pyrotechnic show, New York City is where it’s at. The annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks” celebration features fireworks that are shot from multiple barges along the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll also enjoy performances by various A-list artists.
Houston boasts the country's largest land-based Fourth of July fireworks show. You’ll experience six hours of family activities and entertainment, followed by an unforgettable fireworks show that’s perfectly choreographed to music at the city’s annual “Freedom Over Texas” celebration.
Lake Tahoe, California
The “Lights on the Lake” spectacle in Lake Tahoe takes place twice a year, first on July Fourth, and then on Labor Day. While the fireworks display can be seen from all over town, a beach spot gives you some of the best views. Reserve a spot at Edgewood or Lakeside Beach.
Head to Washington, DC for the city’s “A Capitol Fourth” event. For a truly stunning fireworks display, head to the National Mall where you can watch the lights illuminate the sky behind the Capitol and Washington Monument. If you prefer to avoid crowds, you can book a boat cruise on the Potomac River to get a great view of the fireworks in a more private setting.