If you have the good fortune to live in an area that allows fireworks, then you probably know all about the competitiveness and one-upsmanship that neighbors can display when the 4th of July rolls around. But, despite the fact that Earl from two doors down spent $1,000 at the fireworks stall this year, the best places to watch fireworks on the 4th of July are in the cities. So, for your convenience, we put together a list of the top 5 fireworks shows for Independence Day 2018:
July 4th Celebration at the Pier in San Francisco
Although you won’t find much in the way of chart-topping musicians or other celebrities at the San Francisco celebration, it still stands as one of the top 5 best places to watch fireworks on the 4th of July in 2018. And, a big part of that results from the spectacular setting. Look on in amazement as over 10,000 shells and effects light up the San Francisco Bay for a full 25 minutes! It all centers around the famous Pier 39; so, make your way to the Fisherman’s Wharf before the show starts!
Wawa Welcome America! in Philadelphia
Naturally, America’s Birthplace is one of the best places to watch fireworks on the 4th of July. But first, there’s a 7-day festival, which plays host to over 50 different free events across the city. Enjoy free food, free admission to museums, and free concerts. And, on the evening of July 4th, international superstar Pitbull and Heather Headley will perform just before onlookers are bombarded by 1,000 shells per minute for a full 15 minutes!
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
Firing over 10,000 shells, Boston makes the shortlist for best places to watch fireworks on the 4th of July! Then, add in one of America’s oldest and most famous orchestras and you have yourself a true American tradition. The Boston Pops Orchestra has been playing classical renditions of pop music since the 1800’s. This year, the orchestra will team up with Rachel Platten, Indigo Girls, Rhiannon Giddens, Rita Moreno, and Natalie Cortez for an unforgettable evening.
National Mall Independence Day Celebration in Washington, D.C.
Obviously, America’s capitol has to be considered one the of best places to watch fireworks on the 4th of July! So, why not take a National Mall Night Tour before claiming your spot on the lawn to watch the fireworks? Preparation starts early for the event, which involves setting up 18,000 feet of chain-link fence, 14,000 feet of bike racks, 350 port-a-potties, 6,500 shells, and an untold number of effects. And, this year’s entertainment includes Jimmy Buffet, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, Luke Combs, and the National Symphony Orchestra!
Macy’s Fourth Of July Fireworks in New York
Predictably, New York stands alone among the best places to watch fireworks on the 4th of July. At a rate of 3,000 shells and effects per minute for 25 minutes, the firepower has recently increased. Plus, some of the 75,000 shells and effects reach roughly 3 times as high as the Statue of Liberty! And, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, and Blake Shelton will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”.
Hi there! Think your city can contend as one of the best places to watch fireworks on the 4th of July? Then, let us know why in the comments and we just might add it to the list!