The Best Firework Shows and Displays in Every Single State
Oh, say can you see…the fireworks? There’s nothing quite like a Fourth of July celebration replete with live music, tons of food and eye-catching pyrotechnics. And it’s not like you have to travel far to take part in the festivities. Every state (plus Washington D.C.) puts on a heck of a show.
This year, wish America a happy birthday at one of these amazing extravaganzas in every state. Just make sure you find a spot with a great view for these fantastic fireworks displays.
1. ALABAMA: THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN (BIRMINGHAM)
The Vulcan Park and Museum hosts Thunder on the Mountain, the largest display of exploding patriotism in the city. The free program goes down at 9 p.m. above the largest cast iron statue in the world.
2. ALASKA: HARBOR UPLANDS (SEWARD)
When the sun doesn’t set until 11:21 p.m., you might wonder if it’s even possible to put on a decent fireworks display. In Seward, the answer is a resounding yes. The show starts at 12:01 a.m. Pop a squat at Seward Waterfront Park or Seward Boat Harbor and you’ll be in prime position to watch the late-night (or early morning?) pyrotechnics.
3. ARIZONA: ALL-AMERICAN FESTIVAL (PEORIA)
The annual All-American Festival at the Peoria Sports Complex features an impressive fireworks display, plus pre-show live entertainment, food, cold drinks and a slew of family-friendly activities. Just bring your own lawn chairs and blankets—and get ready for a good time!
4. ARKANSAS: 4TH AT THE FIELD (SPRINGDALE)
The only thing more American than Independence Day? Baseball (and, maybe, apple pie). “4th at the Field” is a patriotic pyrotechnics spectacular that lights up the sky at Arvest Ballpark. Make sure to clear the afternoon so you can watch the pre-show exhibition game.
6. CONNECTICUT: JULY 4TH ON THE WHARF (NEW CANAAN)
Food trucks, kid-friendly attractions and, of course, fireworks make New Canaan’s “July 4th on the Wharf” at Waveny Park a must for kiddos (and the young at heart).
7. COLORADO: GRAND LAKE FIREWORKS
Surrounded by the mountains and a Colorado’s largest natural lake, this fabled fireworks show has that extra sparkle (mostly because of the reflection off the crystal-clear water). Pack bug spray and all your picnic gear to take in the night sky surrounded by one of America’s most beautiful landscapes.
8. DELAWARE: REHOBOTH BEACH FIREWORKS
Set off from the beach south of Rehoboth Avenue, the fireworks are visible up and down the boardwalk. There’s even live music before and after the show. Oh, those summer niiiiiights. (Note: This year’s display is scheduled for Saturday, July 3.)
9. FLORIDA: SERTOMA’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS (PENSACOLA BAY)
The Gulf Coast knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July. With vendors, arts and crafts, kid-centric activities and live entertainment, this fun-filled day in Old Seville culminates with the largest fireworks display in the area. (Unfortunately, the pony rides and face painting are only for the kiddos.)
10. GEORGIA: DAHLONEGA’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Pack up your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and journey about an hour outside of Atlanta to Dahlonega. It’s pet-friendly (just make sure your pup can handle the noise). And if you get to town early enough (11 a.m.), be sure to check out the parade.
11. HAWAII: 69TH ANNUAL KAILUA FIREWORKS (OAHU)
For the 69th year, a fireworks show will illuminate the sky at Kailua Beach Park on July 4. Can’t bottle your Independence Day excitement until 8 p.m.? The festivities start with an acrobatic performance at 6 p.m., followed by the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band.
12. IDAHO: MELALEUCA FREEDOM CELEBRATION (IDAHO FALLS)
Prepare to be dazzled! The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls is the largest Independence Day fireworks show west of the Mississippi River. (FYI this year, the record-setting display will be held on Saturday, July 3.)
13. ILLINOIS: NAVY PIER (CHICAGO)
If practice makes perfect, then Navy Pier knows how to put on a fireworks show—the venue does it every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer. If you can’t secure a yacht to watch from Lake Michigan, anywhere along the boardwalk will do. And hey, it’s not like the massive Ferris wheel fits on a boat anyway.
14. INDIANA: DOWNTOWN FIREWORKS (INDIANAPOLIS)
Cue the patriotic music! This year, the 21-minute firework show set to launch from atop the 500 North Meridian office building in downtown Indianapolis will be synced to themed tunes. There are a bunch of great spots to watch the festivities, including Military Park.
15. IOWA: CEDAR RAPIDS FREEDOM FESTIVAL
Every city should take a few notes from the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival (aka the massive American birthday party that eastern Iowa’s cultural hub throws each year). Lasting from the third week in June to July 4, the extraordinary event includes theme nights, canine competitions, live music and a parade. With so much going on, don’t forget about the star-spangled attraction—the fireworks, of course.
16. KANSAS: OVERLAND PARK STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR
Celebrate the 4th of July Kansas style with food trucks, live musical performances and one of the largest fireworks displays in the state.
17. KENTUCKY: WATERFRONT FOURTH (LOUISVILLE)
If you’ve ever wanted to see 15,000 United States flags in one place, the Louisville Waterfront Fourth celebration is *the* place to do it. The fest also boasts free live music from MojoFlo, Dr. Dundiff, Otis Jr., Jenna Dean, The Afrophycisists and DJ Kaos. Kiddos will love science demos, pony rides, putt putt and a petting zoo. Oh, yeah, and the fireworks are epic.
18. LOUISIANA: FOURTH OF JULY SPECTACULAR (BATON ROUGE)
New Orleans may be the party capital of Louisiana, but Baton Rouge takes the cake, err apple pie (that’s more American, right?) in the patriotism department. Don your red-white-and-blue best to watch the fireworks fly over the Mississippi River.
19. MAINE: FIREWORKS AT OGUNQUIT BEACH
We can’t think of many more idyllic settings for watching fireworks than the beautiful shores of Ogunquit Beach. Want more space to stretch out? You’ll find great views of the pyrotechnics from Main Beach up to Footbridge Beach.
20. MARYLAND: JULY 4TH CONCERT & FIREWORKS (OCEAN CITY)
Nothing says Independence Day quite like a free concert and fireworks. Ocean City has two locations for your entertainment: uptown at Northside Park and downtown on the beach. Decisions, decisions.
21. MASSACHUSETTS: BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR (BOSTON)
Beantown hosts one of the biggest and oldest Fourth of July celebrations in the country. This year, Keith Lockhart will lead a performance of patriotic tunes with special appearances by Jon Batiste and Mavis Staples, followed by a fireworks finale from Boston Common. You can catch the entire event on live television broadcast or live stream.
22. MICHIGAN: WEST GRAND TRAVERSE BAY FIREWORKS (TRAVERSE CITY)
The fireworks display over West Grand Traverse Bay means great viewing spots all at Open Space Park, Clinch Park Marina, Bryant Park and West End Beach. Pack a cooler—preferably filled with fresh-picked, local cherries and lemonade.
23. MINNESOTA: STONE ARCH BRIDGE (MINNEAPOLIS)
While the annual Red, White and Boom event is on hiatus until 2022, you don’t have to wait a full year—just 20 days—to see fireworks in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis Aquatennial is set to put on a show over the west side of the Mississippi River on July 24.
24. MISSISSIPPI: CANTON BALLOON GLOW & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
Spectators at the Canton Balloon Glow & Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular will see more than just rockets in the air on both Friday, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd. Arrive early for all sorts of food, drinks and family-friendly entertainment.
25. MISSOURI: SALUTE TO AMERICA (JEFFERSON CITY)
Dress in patriotic duds and head to the state capitol for Jefferson City's annual 4th of July celebration. Starting on July 2, the downtown district comes alive with carnival rides, a parade, concerts and more festive fun! The grand finale is the largest fireworks display in central Missouri.
26. MONTANA: FIREWORKS ON WHITEFISH LAKE
Whitefish comes to play...patriotic style. Festive events in the scenic resort town in the Rockies include a fun run, boat parade, lighting of flares and, obviously, fireworks over Whitefish Lake.
27. NEBRASKA: FIREWORKS OVER THE LAKE (ALMA)
Saturday, July 3 is the day to rock red, white and blue in Alma. The celebrations kick off with a morning road race. There's also a parade, pedal tractor pulling and roving musicians. At 10 p.m., the fireworks flare over the lake.
28. NEVADA: THE LAS VEGAS STRIP
Sin City gets lit up to the max on July 4th when the ARIA Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Resorts World Las Vegas, The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod, Treasure Island Las Vegas and The Venetian Resort Las Vegas launch a themed coordinated fireworks extravaganza that’s literally the equivalent of hitting the Independence Day jackpot.
29. NEW HAMPSHIRE: HAMPTON BEACH FIREWORKS
Fireworks are held every Wednesday at Hampton Beach during the summer (on the beach at the top of B and C streets). That means they’ll be ready to blow the roof off the, well, sky on Independence Day. The special patriotic pyrotechnics display is not to be missed!
30. NEW JERSEY: ATLANTIC CITY FIREWORKS
For a fabulous Fourth of July, bet on Atlantic City. The Borgata Hotel & Resort’s musically synchronized explosion goes off with a bang in the Marina District at 9:20 p.m. The second pyrotechnics display is on the boardwalk at the Tropicana at 10 p.m.
31. NEW MEXICO: STAR SPANGLED CELEBRATION (MESCALERO)
You might not have heard of Mescalero, but this Otero County community gives revelers a taste of Americana with some Soutwestern flair. Expect delicious food, live entertainment and the biggest fireworks show in New Mexico.
32. NEW YORK: MACY’S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS (NEW YORK CITY)
Leave it to New York City and Macy’s to put on the nation’s largest Independence Day celebration. With more than 65,000 shells and effects launched from five barges positioned on the East River in Midtown, this explosive show is a do-not-miss—since it’s visible from all over Manhattan and broadcast nationwide, you won’t!
33. NORTH CAROLINA: INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION (COROLLA)
After nearly three decades, the Corolla Independence Day Celebration knows how to keep festive fun going all night (or, at least, until 9 p.m.). Gear up for food trucks, live music, a watermelon eating contest and awesome fireworks. P.S. because July 4th falls on a Sunday this year, the event will be held on July 5th.
34. NORTH DAKOTA: ROUGHRIDERS RODEO FIREWORKS (DICKINSON)
Who wouldn’t want to watch a fireworks show at the rodeo? (That’s obviously a rhetorical question.) Venture to the Former DSU Rodeo Grounds for an eye-popping display that starts at 10 p.m. Wear your coolest chaps. And buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride.
35. OHIO: LIGHT UP THE LAKE (CLEVELAND)
This year, Cleveland’s “Light Up the Lake” returns in spectacular fashion. Revelers can see the striking display from numerous locations—namely Port of Cleveland’s Dock 20, Flats West Bank, Flat East Bank and North Coast Harbor.
36. OKLAHOMA: LIBERTYFEST FIREWORKS (EDMOND)
If you’re in Edmond (or anywhere within driving distance) this July 4th, beeline it to E. C. Hafer Park for the largest fireworks display in the metro area. Bring the kiddos and get there early to stake out a prime spot.
38. PENNSYLVANIA: WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR (PHILADELPHIA)
It’s only fitting that the nation’s birthplace has a ton (as in 16 days worth) of patriotic programming—including comped admission to many of the city’s best museums and a free concert headlined by Bebe Rexha—all leading up to the festive grand finale fireworks on July 4th at 8 p.m.
39. RHODE ISLAND: BRISTOL’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
“America’s most patriotic town” is obviously going to hold it down on Independence Day. Bristol hosts one of the oldest Fourth of July traditions in the country—the celebrations began way back in 1785. The present-day festivities entail a parade, pageant, concert series, freedom raffle and fireworks.
40. SOUTH CAROLINA: FOURTH OF JULY BLAST AT PATRIOTS POINT (CHARLESTON)
Celebrate the Fourth of July aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown, one of America’s most iconic warships, on the Charleston Harbor at Patriots Point. You'll have to shell out a few clams for the premium onboard experience, however, watching from the shore is free.
41. SOUTH DAKOTA: MOUNT RUSHMORE FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
Imagine seeing fireworks soaring high above towering statues of some of our nation’s greatest presidents at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Well, that's a real thing. Boom!
42. TENNESSEE: LET FREEDOM SING (NASHVILLE)
The city built on music knows how to put on a great concert. (Even better if it’s free and headlined by Brad Paisley, like this year, amirte?) But it’s the over-the-top pyrotechnics synchronized to a medley played by the award-winning Nashville Symphony that will really have you oohing and ahhing.
43. TEXAS: KABOOM TOWN! (ADDISON)
You had us at “Kaboom.” If the catchy title alone doesn’t convince you to celebrate in Addison, perhaps the promise of an airplane flyover show, concert and fireworks will. (Psst: It’s all going down on July 3.)
44. UTAH: PARK CITY 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AT CANYONS VILLAGE
Because who wants to wait until July 4th for free live music, yard games, chalk art, face painting and an impressive fireworks display? Start the festivities a day early at Park City’s scenic Canyons Village.
45. VERMONT: BURLINGTON'S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
The annual July 3rd celebration presented by Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront overlooks beautiful Lake Champlain. Fireworks light up at 9:30 p.m. Arrive early to enjoy food, drinks, music and festive activities starting at 5 p.m.
46. VIRGINIA: LIGHTS OF FREEDOM (COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG)
How better to commemorate the 245th anniversary of our country’s birth than with a fireworks bonza at the Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg? We feel patriotic just thinking about it.
47. WASHINGTON: EVERETT'S JULY FOURTH
The largest city in Snohomish County goes all out for July 4th. Get the whole gang together for food, fun and fireworks at Legion Memorial Park overlooking Puget Sound. Now, doesn't that make you proud to be an American?
48. WASHINGTON, D.C.: NATIONAL MALL FIREWORKS
It’s no surprise that Indepence Day is the biggest holiday in Washington, D.C. Salute America alongside your fellow countrymen right on the National Mall, where there will be military flyovers and jaw-dropping fireworks launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
49. WEST VIRGINIA: RIPLEY 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Ripley is a small town with a big show that dates all the way back to the 1800s. On the agenda for 2021? Cheer on the grand parade earlier in the day and enjoy a drive-in style concert ahead of the fireworks at 10 p.m. (BTW all this awesomeness takes place on July 3rd.)
50. WISCONSIN: EGG HARBOR FIREWORKS (DOOR COUNTY)
The shops and restaurants at Egg Harbor stay open all day on July 3 in advance of the big fireworks show. Chow down on concessions, hit a few local boutiques and listen to great live music. Careful not to lose track of time because the colorful display begins at dusk.
51. WYOMING: JACKSON HOLE 4TH OF JULY
Jackson Hole serves up the sort of Wild West-meets-classic-Americana vibes you’d expect. Fuel up with a pancake breakfast, followed by a patriotic parade, a reenactment of frontier justice (aka a shoot out) on the Jackson Town Square, a rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds before watching the fireworks from either Snow King Mountain or Teton Village.