The Best Fourth of July Fireworks in Every State
Happy birthday America! These are the best fireworks shows across the country to celebrate Independence Day this year.
Alabama: Thunder on the Mountain, Birmingham
Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park is the show that every Alabamian looks forward to when Independence Day rolls around. Tip: Vulcan Park closes at 6 p.m. so you’ll have to snag a spot in one of the nearby neighborhoods to watch the fireworks light up the sky behind Birmingham’s iconic iron man statue.
Alaska: Anchorage July 4th Celebration, Anchorage
Any Independence Day event that starts with a pancake breakfast is a win in our book. While you wait for the fireworks to start in the Delaney Park Strip of downtown Anchorage, enjoy the parade, family-friendly activities, live readings of the “Declaration of Independence” and patriotic food galore.
Arizona: Fabulous Phoenix Fourth, Phoenix
If you’re searching for one of the biggest fireworks displays in the Southwest, look no further than Fabulous Phoenix Fourth. Free to the public, come prepared for the show to start around 9:30 p.m. with a blanket or lawn chairs and a cooler stocked with icy beverages (but no alcohol or glass containers, please!).
Arkansas: July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, Roger
Enjoy a patriotic concert put on by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas along with the fireworks at the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular held at Walmart’s AMP. If you want to sit under cover, tickets range from $10 to $35 but if you want to save a few bucks, purchase a ticket on the lawn in advance for just $3.
California: Big Bay Boom, San Diego
There are plenty of places to catch San Diego’s massive Fourth of July show, where fireworks are set off from four different barges around the bay. Watch on land from Seaport Village, Shelter Island or Harbor Island or watch from the water via one of the dinner cruises that’s timed to catch the spectacle close-up. P.S. In case you didn’t know, this is the real reason we set off fireworks for the Fourth of July.
Colorado: Grand Lake Fourth of July Celebration, Grand Lake
Get the best of both worlds (aka Colorado’s natural beauty and Independence Day festivities) with the Grand Lake Fourth of July Celebration. Whether you’re partying on the shore with live music and delicious food or anchored out in the water on a boat, watching the fireworks reflect off of one of the state’s largest lakes is a truly awe-inspiring spectacle.
Connecticut: Enfield Fourth of July Celebration, Enfield
More than just a fireworks show, Enfield’s Fourth of July Celebration is a three-day festival (featuring a wine tasting, a road race, and even a pie-eating contest) which culminates in a dazzling display on the evening of July 7.
Delaware: Rehoboth Beach Fourth of July Celebration, Rehoboth Beach
On July 3, don your best American flag bathing suit and head to Rehoboth Beach for its annual event, where you can watch fireworks explode over the Atlantic Ocean. You can post up on the sand, or watch from the boardwalk, which we picked as one of our favorite beach boardwalks in the country.
Florida: Fourth of July at Walt Disney World, Orlando
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The “Most Magical Place on Earth” is even more so on Independence Day when fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle. If you’re planning your own trip to Walt Disney World, snag some of these insider secrets from a super fan first—like how you should get to the park early on July 4th as it will close once it reaches full capacity in the evening.
Georgia: River Street Fourth of July Celebration, Savannah
Rain or shine, the fireworks show on Savannah’s popular River Street must go on. Snag a spot on the waterfront in the afternoon with blankets or chairs, then enjoy some sweet tea and a picnic (pack one of our favorite recipes) while you wait for the music and festivities to begin at 8 p.m.