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
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.
Hawaii: Fourth of July Celebration, Honolulu
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
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.
Massachusetts: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
With Queen Latifah headlining this year’s concert put on by what’s been dubbed “America’s Orchestra,” the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is sure to be as big of a hit as ever. Admission is free and, while the gates open at 5 p.m., don’t expect the fireworks themselves to start until the concert is over around 10:30 p.m.
Michigan: National Cherry Festival, Traverse City
In Traverse City, you can get the best of both worlds by celebrating the National Cherry Festival and America’s birthday all in one fruity and festive event. After you gorge yourself on homemade cherry pie and play in the annual cornhole tournament, head to Clint Park Beach or West End Beach for the best views of the fireworks.
Minnesota: Delano Fourth of July Celebration, Delano
The oldest Independence Day bash in the state, Delano’s Fourth of July Celebration is four full days of entertainment and activities, including a carnival and parade. It all ends on July 6 with the 27-minute fireworks show near Central Park. Can’t make it to Minnesota? Here are some of our favorite ideas for hosting your own patriotic party.
Mississippi: Biloxi Fourth of July Fireworks Display, Biloxi
All you need is 18 minutes and a comfy lawn chair to catch Biloxi’s beloved Fourth of July Fireworks Display, set to a patriotic playlist. While you can see the show anywhere between the Biloxi Lighthouse and the Biloxi Bay Bridge, there will be a special fireworks-viewing area roped off between the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and Oak Street.
Missouri: Fair Saint Louis, Saint Louis
It hasn’t been nicknamed America’s biggest birthday party for nothing. Fair Saint Louis, which is held at Gateway Arch National Park, features an over-the-top Fourth of July parade followed by an aerobatic air show by Purina’s Pro Plan Performance Team and concerts by country artists Randy Houser and Brett Young. Stick around for the fireworks lighting up the sky behind the iconic arch.
Montana: Fourth of July Celebration, Laurel
Some call it Rumble in the Valley, some call it Laurel’s Fourth of July Celebration. But no matter what you call it, there’s no denying that it’s the largest fireworks show in Big Sky Country, taking place at dusk after a day of parades and family fun. Still planning your Independence Day? You may want to consider one of these top Fourth of July vacations in the United States.
Nebraska: Fourth of July, Seward
What better place to spend Independence Day than in America’s Fourth of July City? That’s the unofficial title given to Seward, where it’s famously been celebrating the holiday in the same town square since 1868. These days, there’s a massive craft show, a freedom run, the Grand Parade and, last but not least, the fireworks extravaganza.
Nevada: Fourth of July at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
When it comes to Independence Day in Las Vegas, you wouldn’t expect anything less than ostentatious and extravagant. Which is exactly what you’ll get with the fireworks set off from the rooftop of Caesars Palace. FYI: If you want to enjoy them from the resort’s topless pool and lounge, be prepared to shell out $99 for a ticket.
New Hampshire: Fourth of July Spectacular, Gorham
Lasting from July 3 to 7, Gorham’s Fourth of July Spectacular is the longest-running Independence Day celebration in New Hampshire. While the fireworks are just on July 4, there are free concerts on the lawn every night, a photo scavenger hunt, a classic car parade, and chili and chowder cookoffs.
New Jersey: Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival, Jersey City
Just like these food festivals across America that are definitely worth a stop, the Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival is a foodie’s paradise. Fuel up for the fireworks in the Tented Food Village or with a trip down Food Truck Alley—and don’t miss the Lutze Biergarten, complete with cozy Adirondack chairs just meant for pyrotechnic-peeping.
New Mexico: Freedom 4th, Albuquerque
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Fourth of July in New Mexico, head to Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque where you can drink a cold one from the Microbrew Garden while your little ones partake in plenty of free children’s activities. When it starts getting dark, find a spot in the grass to watch the fireworks light up the Southwest sky.
New York: Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, New York City
It’s no surprise that this jaw-dropping fireworks show made our list of the most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks displays in the country. Just how big is it? Not only is it visible from all of New York City and much of New Jersey but the pyrotechnics are also nationally broadcast with performances by some of the biggest names in music like Jennifer Hudson and Luke Bryan.
North Carolina: Skyshow, Charlotte
Take yourself out to the ballgame on July 4 to see Charlotte’s spectacular Skyshow from inside BB&T Ballpark after the Knights play. But if you don’t want to sit through all nine innings, you can still catch the dazzling display from numerous places around the city, especially the parking lots near the stadium.
North Dakota: Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Show, Sertoma
You could be leaving Sertoma’s Fourth of July Festival with more than just a smile on your face and a hot dog and beer in your belly. You could also be leaving with a brand new car thanks to the event’s annual car raffle. Can’t get away for July 4? Here’s how to have the best holiday without ever leaving town.
Ohio: Rock n’ Boom, Cleveland
Some people watch Fourth of July fireworks from a park but some, like those who live in Cleveland, watch them from the deck of a 618-foot historic steamship. You’ll definitely want to bring a blanket or chair to sit on and get there when check-in begins at 8 p.m. to make sure you get a prime spot.
Oklahoma: OKC 4th Fest, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City doesn’t mess around when it comes to its fireworks displays—at OKC 4th Fest, the show is put on by a world-renowned (but local) pyrotechnics company that makes some of the brightest bursts. The best viewing spots, according to the event’s website, are Bricktown and the riverbanks on the north side of the Oklahoma River.
Oregon: Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, Seaside Beach
Tune into KSWB 840, grab one of these Fourth of July beverages, and settle in for a 25-minute fireworks show on Seaside Beach. Bonus: If you go during the day, you can attend the Old Fashioned Social, where there’s always homemade strawberry shortcake, kids’ games, a cakewalk, and more.
Pennsylvania: Fireworks & Fountains Star Spangled Spectacular, Kennett Square
There are few places in Pennsylvania as magical as Longwood Gardens. And the famous botanical gardens get even more awe-inspiring on July 3 when the fountains and flowers are illuminated by bursts of vibrant fireworks. Tip: Blankets are not allowed so be sure to bring a chair instead.
Rhode Island: Fourth of July Fireworks, Bristol
Bristol, nicknamed “America’s most patriotic town,” proudly lays claim to having the oldest Fourth of July celebration in the country, which started in 1785. It starts on Flag Day (June 14) and runs through July 4 with events like the Fourth of July Ball, a free outdoor concert series, and the annual orange crate derby. The fireworks are the grand finale, taking place on the Fourth after sunset. These American flag facts will help you celebrate Flag Day—and the Fourth.
South Carolina: Patriots Point Fourth of July Blast, Charleston
Step back in time this Fourth of July by watching the fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean from the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, one of the country’s most historic warships. While you’ll have to pay for a ticket if you want to board the ship, you can watch the show for free from the grassy shore below, where there will also be plenty of food, games, and music.
South Dakota: Black Hills Roundup Rodeo Fourth of July Fireworks, Belle Fourche
Only in South Dakota can you find some of the state’s best fireworks at a rodeo. And not just any rodeo: the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo, which is one of the oldest continuously running outdoor rodeos in the country. Stay in the grandstands after all the cattle roping on July 3 and 5 for a sparkling sky show.
Tennessee: Let Freedom Sing, Nashville
Let Freedom Sing is a country music fan’s dream Fourth of July. Headlined by Brett Eldredge, the annual event will also feature musical performances from a handful of other artists along with plenty of kid-friendly activities from noon to 5 p.m. Then, enjoy a massive fireworks display set to a performance by the Nashville Symphony. Psst: If you aren’t in Nashville, the entire show will be broadcast on CMT.
Texas: Fair Park Fourth, Dallas
Come for the fair, stay for the fireworks. Because while Fair Park Fourth is free to the public, you can also pay for admission to the State Fair of Texas where you can ride the rides while you wait for the fireworks at 9:30 in the evening. If you don’t want to pay, fear not: there will be plenty of free games, water inflatables, and crafts starting at noon.
Utah: Freedom Festival, Provo
If Utah’s Freedom Festival is good enough for Keith Urban, it’s good enough for us. The country crooner will be performing before the fireworks on July 4, after the 5K and Grand Parade—the largest Independence Day parade in the state!
Vermont: July 3rd Independence Day Celebration, Montpelier
It’s not a question of what can you do at Montpelier’s July 3rd Independence Day Celebration but rather what can’t you do. The jam-packed schedule of events includes free admission to the Vermont History Museum, the much-anticipated family Olympics, and hours of live music. And if that doesn’t wear you out, stick around until the fireworks at dusk on the State House Lawn.
Virginia: Fourth of July Fireworks, Williamsburg
If we could sum up the Fourth of July Fireworks in historic Williamsburg, well, we’d call it a blast from the past (pun intended). Get there early to snag a spot on the green in front of the Governor’s Palace, where you’ll be treated to a reading of the “Declaration of Independence,” a torch-lit performance by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, and even an American-themed sing-along for the whole family.
Washington: Seafair Summer Fourth, Seattle
It’s not just the locals who rave about the fireworks show at Seafair Summer Fourth—the spectacle has even received rave reviews from national media outlets like USA Today and Business Insider who ranked it as one of the best in the country. General admission is free but if you shell out for the reserved seating, you’ll have an even better view of the sizzling sparklers.
West Virginia: Ripley Fourth of July Celebration, Ripley
Dubbed “The USA’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration,” Ripley’s Fourth of July festival has drawn some famous faces over the years (former president George W. Bush once gave a speech on the lawn in front of the courthouse!). Cheer on the floats in the grand parade, indulge in a cold cone at the free ice cream social, and watch the dazzling fireworks spectacular in the evening.
Wisconsin: Fire Over the Fox, Green Bay
To make the most of your time at Fire Over the Fox, get there as soon as the party begins at 1 p.m. There will be plenty of live music, children’s activities, and even waterski shows before the real celebration begins after dusk with Green Bay’s largest fireworks display over the water.
Wyoming: Fourth of July Fireworks & Parade, Jackson Hole
Whether you watch from Teton Village or the town of Jackson, the Fourth of July fireworks in Jackson Hole are always a favorite among locals and visitors alike. But what makes this Independence Day display super unique is the town square shootout that takes place every year before the fireworks—it’s the longest continuously running reenactment of a shootout in the United States. Now that you know where the best fireworks are, learn about these things you didn’t know about Independence Day.