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.
Hawaii: Fourth of July Celebration, Honolulu
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Hawaii’s largest fireworks show, now in its 28th year, takes place at Ala Moana Beach Park. And to celebrate the Ala Moana Center’s 60th anniversary, this July’s sparkler spectacular will be synchronized to a playlist of some of the biggest pop hits from the past 60 years. Plus, the center will be giving attendees 20 percent off the shops from July 4 to 7.
Idaho: Fourth of July Picnic & Fireworks Show, Boise
The fireworks at Boise’s Fourth of July Picnic may not start until 10:15 p.m. but gates to the park open at 4 in the afternoon so you can snag a spot on the grass and enjoy hot dogs and cold lemonade while you wait. Tune into 107.1 K-HITS to sync the show with some of your favorite tunes, too.
Illinois: Independence Day at Navy Pier, Chicago
Navy Pier isn’t just the best place to watch fireworks in Illinois—it’s also the best place in the state to celebrate Independence Day. If you want to partake in all of the festivities, get there early as the gates will close once the pier has reached full capacity.
Indiana: IPL Downtown Freedom Fest, Indianapolis
The only thing hotter than the temperature on the Fourth of July in Indianapolis is the fireworks show set off from the Indiana War Memorial Tower. But fear not: There are not only plenty of icy beverages for sale but you’ll also have access to free water from the hydration station to help you stay cool.
Iowa: Yankee Doodle Pops, Des Moines
A patriotic concert by the Des Moines Symphony + fabulous fireworks = the 26th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops. Not only is the entire event completely free but all ages—and even dogs!—are welcome. Bring a blanket, some lawn chairs, and a well-stocked picnic basket to make the most of your night out.
Kansas: Red, White & Boom, Wichita
From 5 to 10 p.m. on July 4, most of Wichita will be gathered at the city’s biggest Independence Day celebration: Red, White & Boom. There will be food trucks, a beer garden, free live music performances, and, of course, a dazzling display of fireworks over the Arkansas River when it gets dark.
Kentucky: Louisville Waterfront Fourth, Louisville
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Perhaps even more impressive than the fireworks that will be set off from a barge on the Ohio River is the 15,000 American flags that will dot the Great Lawn for the Louisville Waterfront Fourth festivities. If you want to support those who have served our country, get to the park at noon on July 4 to help install the flags.
Louisiana: Fourth of July Spectacular, Baton Rouge
Bust out your best red, white, and blue gear for the USS Kidd’s Fourth of July Spectacular in downtown Baton Rouge, which draws in up to 100,000 visitors each year. Before the fireworks begin at 9 p.m., compete in the hot dog eating or watermelon seed spitting contests or simply sit back and watch the annual Popsicle Parade.
Maine: Eastport Fourth of July, Eastport
Why celebrate America for just one day when you could celebrate for an entire week? That’s what will be happening at Maine’s largest Fourth of July party in Eastport. Highlights (other than the waterfront fireworks show) include the blueberry pancake breakfast, the rubber ducky race, and the outdoor moonlight showing of Miracle on Ice.
Maryland: Fourth of July, Baltimore
There are plenty of places around Baltimore to catch the impressive fireworks display on July 4, which is shot off from barges in the harbor. While you’ll have to pay for some of the best views (like from the Baltimore Museum of Industry or 27 floors up from the Top of the World observation deck), you can also find free spots to watch the show, like on Federal Hill.