Hipmunk’s 4th of July Firework Picks

Celebrating Independence Day means beach, BBQ, and…booms! After a day at the grill, we love kicking back and watching the fireworks. No matter where you are in the US, one of our favorite fireworks shows is just a hop, skip and jump away.

Boston

The Boston Pops will be celebrating their 40th Fireworks Spectacular over the Charles River. Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” is historically played, with cannons and church bells added for extra effects. What better place to celebrate Independence Day than historic Boston?

Viewing Tips: The Oval usually fills up by 2pm, and it’s recommended to get there in the morning to stake out a spot (it opens at 9am). For a less crowded experience, pick another point along the Charles – on either the Boston or Cambridge side.

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New York City

Macy’s will be putting on its 37th annual 4th of July show over the Hudson, with the Empire State Building’s LED lights mirroring the finale for the first time ever. With 25 minutes worth of 40,000 fireworks, and a music score curated by Usher, it’s sure to make you “Scream”.

Viewing Tips: The best spots to catch the display over the Hudson are on 12th Avenue between 24th Street and 57th Street.

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Washington D.C.

The nation’s capital puts on a great fireworks show on the Mall, accompanied by “A Capitol Fourth” concert played by the symphony. And don’t miss the National Independence Day Parade earlier in the day on Constitution Ave.

Viewing Tips: Catch the fireworks are anywhere along the Mall between 14th Street and the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, East Potomac Park, or a rooftop bar in D.C. You can also buy tickets for the W Hotel rooftop or a cruise along the Potomac.

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San Francisco

The 4th of July celebration in our hometown will be bigger than ever this year, coinciding with the kick-off of America’s Cup. Enjoy live music and entertainment all afternoon in Fisherman’s Wharf. For the best seats in the house, book a bay cruise!

Viewing Tips: Fisherman’s Wharf and Crissy Field will have great views, but be very crowded. You could try the Marin Headlands, Twin Peaks, or Treasure Island. For a more exclusive view, book a bay cruise, find a friend with a roof deck, or climb to the top of pretty much any random hill in the city!

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Philadelphia

Here in the old nation’s capital, you can enjoy a historic parade and the largest free concert in the country, followed by a fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Viewing Tips: Benjamin Franklin Parkway is shut down from Logan Circle to Eakin’s Oval, and an especially good spot is near the baseball fields at 22nd & the Parkway. Other options include Martin Luther King Drive, Schuylkill River Park, Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park, and Kelly Drive.

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Addison, Texas

This Dallas suburb may be small, but it puts on a huge fireworks show for the 4th. Complete with choreographed music and a historic war-plane flyover, this 30-minute show earns its name “Kaboom Town”.

Viewing Tips: There is a free “watching party” at Addison Circle Park, but admission is limited. Restaurants all across town throw parties of their own, including Addison Point, BJ’s Brewhouse, Cantina Laredo, McFadden’s, and The Quarter Bar.

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New Orleans

This city knows how to party! “Go 4th on the River” will feature a day of great food and music, followed by an epic fireworks extravaganza launched off dueling barges on the Mississippi.

Viewing Tips: You can get a great view on either side of the river. In the French Quarter, the best spot is Woldenberg Park. Or you can grab the Canal Street Ferry to Algiers Point.

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Nashville

This year, Music City will feature live tunes by The Band Perry, Keb’ Mo’, the Nashville Symphony, and more, during an all-day festivity concluding in its state-of-the-art fireworks show.

Viewing Tips: The event itself will be at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville along the banks of the Cumberland River. You can also buy tickets to the Adventure Science Center’s viewing event, which includes free parking and prime seating.

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Seattle

This family-friendly fireworks show is a go this year, thanks to new sponsors! The 20-minute show will be fired off a barge on Lake Union.

Viewing Tips: With new sponsors and a new company putting on the show, tune in closer to the time to find out more info on the show details and viewing location.

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Lake Tahoe

This seemingly secluded location draws 100,000 visitors from surrounding states for a fireworks show that has been acclaimed by NBC’s Today Show as one of the best in the country. Rent a cabin and make an outdoorsy weekend out of it!

Viewing Tips: The beaches at Incline, where the fireworks will be held, are private and closed to the public at night, so it’s best to find another spot along the lake earlier in the day. Some favorite spots in South Lake Tahoe include Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, or The Tahoe Queen to view the show from the water. In North Lake, check out Commons Beach or West End Beach in Truckee.

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