Ready to celebrate the country's independence? These are some of the best spots in the country to watch fireworks.
<a href="http://www.addisontexas.net/events/kaboomtown/" target="_blank">Kaboom Town</a> in Addison, TX, is the largest fireworks display in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. With more than 1,500 pounds of fireworks, this Texas-sized party -- complete with live entertainment, air shows, family-fun activities and more -- has been recognized by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the top 10 fireworks displays in the country.
Visible for a 1-mile stretch of the boardwalk and beach from Revel Resort to The Atlantic Club, the fireworks in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/jersey-shores-atlantic-city-15997">Atlantic City</a>, NJ, are a show not to be missed. Following the display, a 3-D light show will debut in the Boardwalk Hall facade and will continue every night for the next year.
The <a href="http://www.july4th.org/" target="_blank">Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular</a> attracts more than 500,000 visitors to the Charles River Esplanade for the annual July Fourth celebration, which includes concerts and fireworks. Many locals argue that the best viewing spot for Boston's fireworks is across the river in Cambridge, MA.
Navy Pier offers the perfect view of Fourth of July fireworks in the <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/chicago/photos/what-to-see-in-the-windy-city">Windy City</a>. Make the holiday even classier and take in the fireworks from a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, where fireworks are also shot off every Wednesday and Friday during the summer.
Houston proves that everything is bigger in Texas with the country's largest land-based fireworks show. The annual “Freedom Over Texas” Fourth of July celebration features 6 hours of family-fun activities and entertainment, followed by a fireworks show perfectly choreographed to music.
Dig your feet into the sand at <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/lake-tahoe/photos/things-to-do-in-lake-tahoe">Lake Tahoe</a>, CA, and take in the display that the <i>Today Show</i> recognized as one of the country's top fireworks shows. The Lights on the Lake spectacle, which takes place twice a year on July Fourth and Labor Day, can be seen from all over town, but it doesn't get much better than watching fireworks from the 2 best spots on the beach -- Edgewood and Lakeside Beach.
You’ll find fun for the whole family at the annual <a href="http://www.visitmusiccity.com/july4th/" target="_blank">”Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing”</a> celebration, which attracts the largest Fourth of July crowd in the South. The event features daylong activities, musical performances by A-list country artists and the South’s largest fireworks show -- a 27-minute fireworks show choreographed to a live performance by the GRAMMY award-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Barges battle on the Mississippi River at <a href="http://www.go4thontheriver.com/" target="_blank">Go 4th on the River</a> in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/new-orleans/photos/top-things-to-do-in-new-orleans">New Orleans</a>. The fireworks display, set to music provided by the Navy Band, can be seen from many places in New Orleans if you want to avoid the downtown scramble.
The annual <a href="http://social.macys.com/fireworks/?cm_mmc=VanityUrl-_-fireworks-_-n-_-n" target="_blank">Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks</a> celebration in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/bizarre-foods/photos/new-york-city">New York City</a> is the country's largest pyrotechnic show, with fireworks shot from multiple barges along the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition to fireworks, the event features performances by A-list artists such as Lionel Richie, Ariana Grande and Miranda Lambert.
<a href="http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/americafest" target="_blank">AmericaFest</a>, a Rose Bowl Stadium tradition for more than 85 years, is the largest fireworks show in Southern California. The family-fun event begins at 2 pm and includes live entertainment, motorcycle stunts, exhibits, vendors and a Pyro Spectaculars by Souza Fourth of July fireworks show at 9 pm.
For the best fireworks viewing in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/philadelphia/articles/what-to-do-in-philadelphia">Philadelphia</a>, lay out a blanket along Boathouse Row or in Schuylkill River Park.
Launching from Municipal Pier and barges in San Francisco Bay, the fireworks can be seen all along the waterfront. But before the fireworks begin, don't miss performances by the US Air Force Band and local 1980s cover band “Tainted Love” at San Francisco's Fourth of July celebration at <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/san-francisco/photos/san-francisco?page=3">Fisherman’s Wharf</a>.
Celebrate July Fourth at "America's biggest birthday party" under the Gateway Arch in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/st-louis-gateway-to-the-west">St. Louis</a>. The day kicks off with a 4-mile and 1-mile run, followed by a parade, air shows, concerts and, of course, fireworks.
Fireworks launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminate the sky behind the Capitol and Washington Monument during the annual <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/hot-topics/photos/things-to-do-in-july?page=3">Capitol Fourth</a> celebration. If you’re looking to avoid crowds on the National Mall, book a boat cruise on the Potomac River for another great view of the fireworks.