Weather Trends: Clear-Sky Cities for July 4th
You’ve suited up in your red-white-and-blues, bought enough glow sticks to make an impressive assortment of luminescent jewelry, packed a picnic (complete with American flag paper plates and napkins, of course) and loaded up the car with blankets and folding chairs. What’s the last thing you need on Independence Day?
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Travel Channel has teamed up with the long-term forecasting experts at weathertrends360 to bring you the best (and worst) places around the country to watch the fireworks. We’ve crosschecked lists of the best fireworks displays with weathertrends360’s expert predictions -- here are the winners:
The Denver area’s largest fireworks display is held each year in Aurora, CO, and the Light Up the Night celebration tops our list for the best place to see the fireworks. The 4th of July spectacular is complete with live music, and there will be food and drinks for sale. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.
This year’s Fabulous Phoenix 4th is on track to be the city’s largest fireworks display ever. Starting at 6 p.m., families can enjoy the 3 stages of live music, inflatable rides, a classic car exhibit and an F-16 flyover. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Located about 25 minutes from Dallas, Addison, TX, has consistently been rated one of the best places in America to watch the fireworks. The show is choreographed to music, and Kaboom Town! guests can also get front-row seats to the Addison Airport Show.
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Starting at 4 p.m., San Francisco residents and visitors can enjoy free live music at Aquatic Park. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
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A 20-year-old tradition, the Family Fourth at Lake Union is undoubtedly one of America’s best Independence Day fireworks displays. Watch the synchronized bursts light up the night at Gas Works Park -- the weather will be perfect!
You can’t have perfectly clear skies everywhere. Below are weathertrends360’s picks for the biggest and most popular fireworks displays -- with the highest risk for bad weather.
The 4th, 5th and 6th of July are all predicted to be rainy days in the Big Apple. New Yorkers (and New Jerseyans) may want to consider other plans.
If we were in a Disney movie, there’d be a perfectly clear sky as the fireworks lit up Cinderella Castle. Unfortunately, Orlando’s forecast for July 4th calls for scattered thunderstorms.
It looks like rain for Philly’s Welcome America celebration, too. Luckily, there are plenty of other celebratory events besides just the fireworks in the city -- so put on your poncho and get ready to party.
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This 45-year-old Atlanta tradition might be interrupted by scattered thunderstorms, but luckily the show is held on July 3 as well, and the forecast looks good!
David Ohmer, flickr
This annual fireworks display, held on “dueling barges” on the Mississippi River, also could be derailed by thunderstorms on July 4th. Hopefully the weather holds out, because the show is ranked one of the top 5 “must-see” displays by the American Pyrotechnic Association.