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.

By Lauren Gniazdowski from Reader's Digest Magazine | July 2013
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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.

    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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    • Antonio Lima

      Since this article mentions some of the most spectacular fireworks shows in big and large cities, we need to mention the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This is the largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi based on the number of shells fired into the night’s sky. This year, the 21st Annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration will launch 17,261 fireworks over the banks of the Snake River. People from the Intermountain region know about this awesome show because it regularly attracts over 150,000 people, which nearly triples the town’s population.