Ready to celebrate the country's independence? These are some of the best spots in the country to watch fireworks.
Celebrate July Fourth at "America's biggest birthday party" under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The day kicks off with a 4-mile and 1-mile run, followed by a parade, air shows, concerts and, of course, fireworks.
Kaboom Town in Addison, TX, is the largest fireworks display in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with over 1,500 pounds of fireworks. This Texas-sized party has been recognized by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the top 10 fireworks displays in the country.
It's the Fourth of July every week at Navy Pier in Chicago, with regular fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night. That’s because it doesn't get much better than watching fireworks explode over Lake Michigan.
Navy Pier offers a perfect view of Chicago's pyrotechnics. If you're looking to make your July Fourth even classier, take in the fireworks from a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan.
Barges battle on the Mississippi River at Go 4th on the River in New Orleans, with each barge one-upping the other with their extravagant fireworks. The 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.
Visible for a 1-mile stretch of the boardwalk and beach from Revel Resort to The Atlantic Club, the fireworks in Atlantic City, 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.
Dig your feet in the sand and take in the display that the <i>Today Show</i> recognized as one of the country's top fireworks shows, at Lake Tahoe, CA. The Lights on the Lake spectacle can be seen from all over town, but it doesn't get much better than watching fireworks on the beach.
Launching from Municipal Pier and barges out in San Francisco Bay, the fireworks can be seen all along the waterfront. But before the fireworks begin, don't miss performances by the Air Force Band and local '80s cover band Tainted Love at San Francisco's Fisherman’s Wharf Fourth of July celebration.
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular brings 500,000 visitors to the Charles River for the annual July 4th celebration.
Many locals argue that the best viewing spot for Boston's fireworks is across the river in Cambridge.
New York City offers the country's largest pyrotechnic show, with fireworks shot from 6 barges along the Hudson River.
The New York Pops Orchestra and Mormon Tabernacle Choir accompany New York's display.
Houston proves that everything is bigger in Texas with the country's largest land-based fireworks show.
Fireworks launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminate the sky behind the Washington Monument.
If you really want to avoid the crowds for Washington, DC, fireworks, book a boat cruise on the Potomac River.
For the best fireworks viewing in Philadelphia, lay out a blanket along Boathouse Row or in Schuylkill River Park.