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America’s Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks

Visit one of these cities, big or small, to celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks show you're likely to never forget.

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Fair Saint Louis: St. Louis, Missouri

If you're looking for "America's biggest birthday party," then this is the place to be. The festivities start with the Freedom Four Miler run and culminate with a concert and a magnificent fireworks show over the Mississippi River. "A special only-in-St. Louis treat: The reflection of the fireworks can be seen on the city's iconic Gateway Arch during the show," says Yahoo.

Kaboom Town!: Addison, Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas—and that includes this celebration on July 3. "About half a million people from the region spill into this community of 13,000 to experience the musically choreographed display, which follows an air show," says AOL Travel. Small-town perk: The spectacle is visible from anywhere in Addison.

Lights on the Lake: Tahoe, California

Find a seat on a beach, boat, or boardwalk to watch 5,000 fireworks soar into the air from a barge in the middle of the lake. "It's the way the fireworks reflect over the lake that makes it spectacular," Julie Heckman of the American Pyrotechnics Association tells Forbes.

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Fantastic Fourth: Stone Mountain, Georgia

In the hills outside Atlanta, you get 50 minutes of entertainment that Yahoo calls amazing. Fireworks follow a dizzying laser show that's projected in Mountainvision, a digital technology that produces 3-D effects without the glasses. Even better: The laser show runs from April through October.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular: Boston, Massachusetts

"A city that cradled the American Revolution and once threw wild tea parties hosts a party of a different kind today," says Shermans Travel. The annual Boston Harborfest climaxes with a 21-minute pyrotechnic bonanza on the Fourth of July that illuminates the sky over the Charles River. Meanwhile, the Boston Pops Orchestra provides a patriotic sound track to the show, starting with the famous 1812 Overture. Can't see it in person? No worries: This event is televised nationally.

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