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The 20 Best Places to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in 2022

Watch the skies light up with these stunning firework shows near you.

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You simply can’t celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks. It’s the perfect way to end a holiday that celebrates our freedom as Americans and reminds us of the roots of our country. Of course, the Fourth of July barbecues, backyard games, festive desserts, and more are all essentials for an Independence Day celebration. But it’s the fireworks that truly end the day on a high note. Whether you’re relaxing at the beach during the holiday weekend or staying home and hanging with some friends and family, there’s certainly a place near you where you can watch a kaleidoscope of color light up the night sky.

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Grab a seat and a blanket and watch fireworks illuminate the sky at any one of these shows near you. Catch the colorful explosions over idyllic lakes, city skylines, and beaches, and don’t forget to snap a few shots of the celebration to share with those who missed it. From sea to shining sea, here are 20 perfect places to see fireworks this summer.

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1 Boston, Massachusetts (The Esplanade)
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Celebrate the Fourth of July in one of America’s oldest cities at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade in Boston. The show dazzles audiences with a musical performance each year.

2 Burbank, California (North Hollywood)
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Burbank’s Starlight Bowl will be a delight this holiday. Spend your Fourth of July watching the fireworks display over North Hollywood.

3 Chicago, Illinois (Navy Pier)
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You’ll be thrilled by the Independence Day fireworks over Lake Michigan at Chicago’s Navy Pier this July 4.

4 New York, New York
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What would the Fourth of July be without a truly spectacular display of fireworks right over the harbor as Lady Liberty looks on? Don’t miss the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, either in person or televised on TV.

5 Fairfield, Connecticut (Jennings Beach)
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Grab the family and enjoy a night of fireworks on Jennings Beach. Don’t forget your blanket in case it gets chilly.

6 Los Alamitos, California (Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base)
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You’ll enjoy the fireworks in Southern California during the Drive-Up Fourth of July Spectacular at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.

7 Los Angeles, California (Hollywood Bowl)
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Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday by watching the L.A. fireworks plus Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Hollywood Bowl.

8 Miami Beach, Florida (Miami Beach)
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Watch the Fourth of July fireworks display on Miami Beach if you’re planning on celebrating in the city.

9 Mount Vernon, Virginia (Mount Vernon)
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Celebrate the holiday by watching the fireworks during the annual Fourth of July celebration at scenic Mount Vernon this summer.

10 Lake Blue Ridge, Georgia (Lake Blue Ridge)
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Watching fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge in Georgia should be a breeze if you’re planning on celebrating the Fourth of July from a boat this year.

11 Lakewood, Colorado (JeffCo Stadium)
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Celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks, family, and festivities at the Annual Big Boom Bash is as easy as apple pie at JeffCo Stadium.

12 Las Vegas, Nevada (The Red Rock Resort)
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Watch the Fourth of July fireworks display at The Red Rock Resort. The Las Vegas pyrotechnics show calls you to celebrate this Independence Day with flair.

13 Orlando, Florida (Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom)
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Spend your Fourth of July at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom watching fireworks illuminate the Cinderella Castle. This famous place is one of the most attended attractions in the world.

14 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Art Museum)
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Celebrate the Fourth of July in the home of the Liberty Bell and one of our nation’s oldest cities with an Independence Day fireworks display over the Philadelphia Art Museum. The show delights audiences with a musical performance every year.

15 Portland, Oregon (Willamette River Waterfront)
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Enjoy the Fourth of July with fireworks along Portland’s Willamette River. View the waterfront display above the downtown city skyline and Hawthorne Bridge.

16 Portland, Maine (Eastern Promenade)
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Celebrate the holiday by watching fireworks with family and friends at the Fourth of July celebration on the Eastern Promenade.

17 Round Top, Texas (Round Top)
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Watch the fireworks display and wave American flags at the annual Round Top Fourth Of July celebration in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community’s Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest-running Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi.

18 San Diego, California (San Diego Bay)
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Celebrate the Fourth of July from vantage points around the San Diego Bay during the annual Big Bay Boom. The Independence Day celebration will have you in awe.

19 San Francisco, California (Pier 39)
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Fireworks will light up the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay this Independence Day from Pier 39. Watch for free from the waterfront or purchase tickets for a fireworks cruise offered by a local vessel.

20 Washington, D.C. (National Mall)
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Celebrate the Fourth Of July with the annual fireworks display over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Watch the display and enjoy the Independence Day festivities.

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