Published On: Jul 01 2012 08:02:39 PM CDTUpdated On: Jun 30 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT
The Fourth of July is nearly here, which means it's time to take a look at the biggest and best fireworks celebrations across the U.S. Here are America's 10 best Fourth of July fireworks shows, as rated by TheDailyMeal.com.
Washington, D.C. (July 4)
A Capitol Fourth features a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and several guest performers (this year's roster includes Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw and Cassadee Pope) on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol followed by one of the nation's largest and most visually-impressive fireworks displays, lighting up the sky over the National Mall and the Washington Monument.
San Diego (July 4)
While the city offers several fireworks shows to choose from, the biggest and best is The Big Bay Boom. The show is the biggest in the country, with fireworks being shot off from several barges placed around the San Diego Bay.
Boston (July 3-4)
The Boston Pops Firework Spectacular is easily one of the most well known, and, at around $3 million for the entire show, one of the most expensive, fireworks displays in the country. Over 20,000 pounds of fireworks are set off as more than 500,000 revelers look on. Concerts are held on both nights (this year's guest list features Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, and Little Big Town) with the fireworks exploding on July 4.
Atlantic City (July 4)
The DO AC Fourth of July Fireworks features an 18-minute show choreographed to patriotic music and fired from three locations to provide perfect viewing from either along the famous Boardwalk and beach or from the city's Marina District.
St. Louis (July 2-4)
Fair Saint Louis is billed as "America's Biggest Birthday Party," and, given the size of the three-day event, it's hard to argue. The celebration includes food, music and other entertainment, including performances from the likes of Eddie Money, Sammy Hagar, Flo Rida and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic this year. And rather than settling for just one fireworks display, each night of Fair Saint Louis ends with a huge fireworks show.
New Orleans (July 4)
New Orleans sure knows how to throw a party and -- aside from Mardi Gras -- there's no Big Easy party quite like Go 4th on the River. The festival's one-of-a-kind fireworks show features dueling barges shooting off fireworks along the New Orleans riverfront in front of 150,000 to 200,000 spectators.
Addison, Texas (July 3)
Kaboom Town, Addison's 30-minute fireworks show, can be seen from anywhere in city and is a three-decade old tradition that attracts more than 400,000 viewers. Featuring more than 1,500 pounds of fireworks, it is the largest display in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The celebration also includes an air show featuring Cavanaugh Flight Museum's vintage WWII Warbirds.
Nashville (July 3-4)
Music City's Let Freedom Sing! celebration was big already before adding a second day and moving to a new location for 2016. Expect tons of music with a lineup that features Sheryl Crow, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Erin McCarley and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra on two stages at the Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park. The July 4th fireworks show over the Cumberland River claims to be the biggest in the nation, featuring 31 minutes and more than 55,000 shells.
New York City (July 4)
The annual Macy's Firework Spectacular fireworks show over the Hudson River regularly attracts around 2 million people. The 25-minute show, which sets off approximately 75,000 pounds of fireworks, provides vantage points scattered all over the West Side and New Jersey. This year's 40th annual celebration also includes performances from Kenny Chesney, Meghan Trainor, and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Philadelphia (July 4)
The birthplace of America knows how to do the Fourth of July right. The Wawa Welcome America festival offers the "Largest Free Concert in America" along Benjamin Franklin Parkway followed by an explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This year's concert features Tony-winning "Hamilton" star Leslie Odom Jr., Yazz the Greatest, Leon Bridges, The O'Jays, Biz Markie and more.
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