The Best 4th of July Fireworks in Every U.S. State

Fourth of July, Seattle, Washington
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Each year, the 4th of July brings Americans together to eat hot dogs, drink beer, and celebrate the founding of the United States. But no Independence Day celebration is complete without a show of colorful explosions. From sea to shining sea, there are some pretty amazing places to take in an all-American light show over the long July 4 weekend.

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Thunder on the Mountain, Vulcan Park and Museum, Alabama
Stacey Jones Layman

If you find yourself in Alabama this Fourth of July, the Annual Fireworks Show at Vulcan Park and Museum is one fireworks extravaganza that can’t be missed. The fireworks are designed to illuminate the beloved Iron Man statue. Choreographed to a musical soundtrack, the show will last approximately 20 minutes. More info.

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Fourth of July Parade, Anchorage, Alaska
Courtesy of Visit Anchorage/Michelle Brown

Anchorage does Fourth of July in a big way, with a pancake breakfast and an Alaskan Baseball League game. Festivities are capped off with a fireworks display at Mulcahy Stadium. More info.

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Fourth of July, Phoenix, Arizona
Courtesy of City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Check out Arizona's Celebration of Freedom in Mesa in Phoenix. Before the fireworks at 9:30pm, the festivities happen at the Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Amphitheater. From patriotic displays to live music and games, this is the event of the day in the metro Phoenix area. More info..

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Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Hot Springs is celebrating our great nation with scenic lakeside fireworks. The event takes place at Mountain Harbor Resort, overlooking Lake Ouachita. More info.

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Redondo Beach pier, California
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Does anything beat fireworks on the beach? Head to SoCal in order to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of California this Fourth of July. Redondo Beach, with its fireworks and themed music display at the Redondo Beach Pier, is said to be one of the best views in the state. (And nextdoor in Hermosa Beach, the party will be pumping all weekend long.) More info.

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Independence Eve Celebration, Denver, Colorado
Courtesy of Visit Denver

The city of Denver hosts an all-out extravaganza when it comes to July Fourth celebrations, concluding with fireworks on both July 3 and 4. The annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park will feature a free patriotic concert and an innovative light show. The July 4 fireworks show will take place at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. More info.

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Fourth of July celebration, New Britain, Connecticut
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New Britain's Great American Boom celebration begins at 5 p.m. on July 4 at Stanley Quarter Park. In its 25th year, it draws more than 30,000 people annually. More info.

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Fourth of July, Dover, Delaware
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Dover, the capital of the first state, will host it's major annual Fourth of July celebration. You're also able to "Adopt-a-Firework," a gesture which makes a great gift or signifies your or a loved one's special year. More info.

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Key Lime Pie Festival, Fourth of July, Key West, Florida
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Head to Key West to catch the best fireworks in Florida. The Key Lime Festival, one of the biggest food festivals in the state, kicks off on July 1 and concludes with a massive fireworks show over the Casa Marina Resort. More info.

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Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Georgia
Katie Darby

To catch one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast, head to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. They've partnered with Lenox Square, making their Fourth of July celebration one of the grandest in the state. More info.

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USS Missouri, Picnic on the Pier, Oahu, Hawaii
Courtesy of USS Missouri Memorial Association

Head to the Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu for a fireworks show that lights up the Island's south side. Get there early, barbecue and relax on the beach, and prepare for an incredible show that evening. More info.

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Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, Idaho
Courtesy of Melaleuca Freedom Celebration

The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration pays tribute to those who perished while defending the freedom of the citizens of the U.S. It is one of the largest fireworks shows west of the Mississippi and packs more than 17,550 shells into a spectacular, 31-minute production. More info.

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Navy Pier, Fourth of July, Chicago, Illinois
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At Navy Pier, a patriotic soundtrack blares as fireworks go boom overhead with scenic Lake Michigan as the perfect backdrop. More info.

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Fourth of July, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis is the place to be in Indiana on the Fourth of July. Head downtown to the Indiana Originals Marketplace for a great view of the city’s fireworks show. More info.

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Fireworks, Fourth of July, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Cedar Rapids will host a Freedom Festival on the Fourth of July this year. It's the largest fireworks display in the area, and you can see it from the downtown bridges, or anywhere nearby along the river. More info.

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Fourth of July, Leavenworth, Kansas
Courtesy of Visit KC/Brian Rice

Leavenworth, Kansas, knwon as “The First City Of Kansas,” will Salute the Union this Fourth of July with an evening festival full of food, fun, and fireworks. More info.

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Fourth of July, Louisville, Kentucky
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If you missed the stunning Kentucky Derby fireworks this year, make up for lost time at the Old Fashioned Crescent Hill 4th of July Celebration at the historic Peterson-Dumesnil House. More info.

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Fourth on the River, New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans' Go 4th on the River has been ranked among the top July Fourth celebrations in the U.S. The annual Essence Festival is also held during the holiday weekend, making celebrity sightings another draw. More info.

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Fourth of July, Bar Harbor, Maine
Courtesy of Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

One of the best Fourth of July celebrations in Maine, according to locals, is the Bar Harbor fireworks show. Located in downtown Bar Harbor, the fireworks are shot out over the Frenchman Bay. More info.

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Fourth of July, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland
Courtesy of Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor fireworks spectacular is one not to miss. Fireworks can be viewed from several locations in downtown and the surrounding areas, including Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, and Harbor East. Live music begins at 7 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. More info.

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Boston Pops Orchestra, Fourth of July, Boston, Massachusetts
Courtesy of Boston Symphony Orchestra / Stu Rosner

The traditional fighter jet military flyover in coordination with the “Star Spangled Banner” will open the evening in Boston as the Boston Pops Orchestra leads the televised celebration on the banks of the Charles River. More info.

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Fourth of July, Traverse City, Michigan
Courtesy of Traverse City Tourism

Traverse City’s July 4 show was voted the best in the state in a reader’s choice poll from local media outlet Fireworks guru Bruce Tyree coordinates the entire production to a custom soundtrack and uses simulations to see how the show will match up. More info.

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Fourth of July, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The Stone Arch Bridge, a historic site, gives the best views of the city’s fireworks show, dubbed the Red, White and Boom celebration. Can’t get on the bridge? Watch the show from Gold Medal Park. More info.

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Fourth of July, Biloxi, Mississippi
Courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast

The biggest fireworks display in Mississippi takes place in Biloxi. It starts at 9 p.m. and the fireworks are shot from Deer Island and explode over the Mississippi Sound. More info.

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Fourth of July, St. Louis, Missouri
Coutesy of Fair Saint Louis

Dubbed "America’s Biggest Birthday Party," St. Louis kicks off several days worth of festivities on July 1. A fireworks spectacular rounds out the events and concerts at 9:35 p.m. More info.

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Fourth of July, Whitefish, Montana
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Named one of the best towns for July 4 in years past by Travel + Leisure, Whitefish has both live music and fireworks over the water. A free event, the fireworks begin at 10:30 p.m. More info.

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Fourth of July, Seward, Nebraska
Courtesy of Nebraska Tourism

Taking its role as “Nebraska’s Official Fourth Of July City" seriously, Seward has a giant fireworks salute at Plum Creek Park. More info.

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Fourth of July Las Vegas
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Las Vegas is lit every night, but it's an especially exciting place to be on the Fourth of July. Mandalay Bay will host a reggae performance at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9 p.m., and more fireworks will be launched from the top of the Stratosphere at 9:15 p.m. More info.

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New Hampshire

Fourth of July, Lake Winnipessaukee, New Hampshire
Courtesy of Lakes Region Tourism Association

Lake Winnipesaukee plays host to New Hampshire’s best fireworks show. Boats light up the lake while waiting for the fireworks to begin. While lake houses dot the surrounding area, other patrons can hop aboard a cruise ship to see the lights from the water. More info.

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New Jersey

Fourth of July, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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While New York City’s fireworks show is close enough to spot from some parts of New Jersey, the state has some great displays of its own. Boasting one of the largest July 4 celebrations in the country, Atlantic City is expected to draw more than 250,000 people. It takes two ocean barges and a marina platform to light up the sky. More info.

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New Mexico

New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamagordo
Courtesy of New Mexico Museum of Space History

Alamogordo, New Mexico is home to the New Mexico Museum of Space History, a unique backdrop for a fireworks celebration. The 2017 show will be visible throughout the city and choreographed music will be broadcast on KZZX 105.3 FM. More info.

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New York

Macy's Fireworks Show, New York City
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There is nothing that compares to the famous Macy’s Fireworks Show in New York City. Set on the Brooklyn Bridge, it's expected to be Macy's largest show in over a decade. More info.

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North Carolina

Fourth of July, Corolla, North Carolina
Courtesy of Currituck County Travel & Tourism Department

What could possibly be better than watching fireworks over the beach? In Corolla, part of the Outer Banks, the Whalehead Club will be offering this luxury for the 24th year in a row. The fireworks show begins at dusk. More info.

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North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
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After a full day of patriotic activities, Sertoma will shoot off fireworks over the Red River. More info.

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Red, White, and BOOM, Columbus, Ohio
Courtesy of Experience Columbus

Downtown Columbus’s Red, White and BOOM event features the largest fireworks display in all of Ohio. Festivities take place on July 3, and more than 400,000 people are expected to attend, so get there early. More info.

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LibertyFest, Edmond, Oklahoma
Josh Officer

One of the top 10 July Fourth festivals in America, according to CNN, LibertyFest in Edmond is Oklahoma’s top spot for checking out fireworks. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and promises a grand finale that will knock your socks off. More info.

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Fourth of July, Portland, Oregon
Brit Forbes

For your choice of stunning Oregon firework displays, head to Portland. The main events will take place at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and Oaks Amusement Park, along with smaller productions throughout the city. More info.

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Fourth of July, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Check out the patriotic fireworks display in Philadephia, home of the Liberty Bell. The show is held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the colorful explosions can be seen all over the city. More info.

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Rhode Island

Fourth of July Parade, Bristol, Rhode Island
Courtesy of Visit Rhode Island

Billed as “America’s Oldest Fourth Of July Celebration,” Bristol hosts Fourth of July fireworks over the Bristol Harbor. More info.

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South Carolina

Patriots Point, South Carolina
Courtesy of Patriots Point

If you find yourself in South Carolina for Independence Day, Patriot’s Point is the place to be to catch a great fireworks show. While watching the fireworks from the shore is fine, you can also catch them from the flight deck of the historic U.S.S. Yorktown, the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy. Tickets are $30 and include access to the ship starting at 6 p.m. More info.

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South Dakota

Mount Rushmore, Fourth of July, South Dakota
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South Dakota celebrates the Fourth of July with two days worth of ceremonial activities at Mount Rushmore and concludes with a fireworks display at Lead’s Gold Camp Jubilee over the Homestake open cut. More info.

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Fourth of July, Tennessee, Nashville
Donn Jones

Nashville doesn’t just take its music seriously – it is also serious about fireworks. The Tennessee city will not only light up the sky on Fourth of July, but it will also choreograph the deployment of the color bombs to the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony's original medley of songs, which will be performed live. More info.

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Fourth of July, San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, a city rich in history, will celebrate with an event titled San Antonio Lights Up The 4th. The fireworks, which go off near the Tower of the Americas, is a nod to the city’s four military installations. More info.

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Fourth of July, Provo, Utah
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One of the largest fireworks shows in America is the Stadium of Fire, presented by America’s Freedom Festival at Provo. The fireworks show takes place on July 1 at 8 p.m. and is the perfect way to get into the patriotic spirit and kick off the holiday weekend. More info.

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Fourth of July, Burlington, Vermont
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Head to Burlington for Vermont’s largest fireworks show. Set to take place on July 3, the show will overlook Lake Champlain. The fireworks kick off at 9 p.m. More info.

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Fourth of July, Norfolk, Virginia
Courtesy of Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau

Home to the Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk is an especially patriotic place to celebrate the Fourth of July. The annual waterfront fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m., but arrive early for a special treat: performances by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band and Jazz Combo. More info.

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Fourth of July, Seattle, Washington
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The Seafair Summer Fourth is an Independence Day bash that concludes with an over-the-top fireworks show that should not be missed. The grand finale fireworks extravaganza features nearly 8,500 pounds of fireworks. More info.

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West Virginia

Fourth of July, Charleston, West Virginia
Courtesy of Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau

With more than 500 fireworks shot from two locations, Charleston, West Virginia offers visuals from almost anywhere in the city. More info.

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Fire over the Fox, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Courtesy of Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau

Said to be the largest fireworks display north of Milwaukee, Fire Over the Fox begins its light show at dusk, after the conclusion of the day-long Independence Day festival. More info.

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Fourth of July Parade, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Courtesy of Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

In Wyoming, Jackson Hole is the place to be for July 4 festivities. A shootout and rodeo are two of the daytime events, but the real treat comes when it gets dark. The town shoots off fireworks at both the base of Snow King Mountain in the town of Jackson and also at the base of the Tetons in Teton Village. More info.

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