Best July 4th Fireworks
Philadelphia: Sunoco Welcome America Festival
Philadelphia is, of course, the only place that can lay claim to having hosted Independence Day. This is where the new nation’s citizens first commemorated independence with lights, by putting candles in their windows. The theme of this year’s fireworks display is Great Orators, and the pyrotechnics will be accompanied by spoken-word recordings—the poem Maya Angelou wrote for Clinton’s inauguration and portions of speeches by Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, and John F. Kennedy—as well as music.
Where to View: The stage on which illustrious names (including, this year, Sheryl Crow) gather for a pre-fireworks show is being moved away from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which will not only improve sight lines for the concert but allow for the use of larger—and likely more magnificent—starbursts.