Best places to watch 4th of July Fireworks

Pandemic restrictions are easing across the country, and what better way for people to celebrate than by watching a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show? While many cities have unfortunately needed to cancel their events, other cities across the country are ready to put on their biggest displays ever. 

Here are some of the best places to celebrate Independence Day this year:

New York City, NY

Where else would the largest fireworks show be other than New York City? This firework extravaganza spans across multiple nights with a grand finale over the Empire State building. To make it even better, this year the display will be lighting up across all five boroughs of the city, so you won’t need to worry about finding a great vantage point. 

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas is known for spectacle, and this 4th of July is no different. At 11 p.m., some of the city's biggest hotels will be launching coordinated firework shows—a breathtaking backdrop to the already glimmering cityscape. But it wouldn’t be Vegas if the celebrations stopped there. Pack up a tote bag and head to one of the city’s many pools to celebrate under the sun before the nighttime festivities begin.

St. Augustine, FL

Head down south for one of the best firework shows on the East Coast. The 20-minute show will take place over St. Augustine’s historic bayfront, with a 2-hour music event starting at 6:30. If you want to spend the whole day celebrating, there’s plenty of sightseeing to do in St. Augustine, so grab some sunscreen and enjoy the beaches and historic city center.

Nashville, TN

Nashville is getting ready for one of the biggest firework displays in the city’s history, and it wouldn’t be Music City without a big music event to go with it. To celebrate the 4th, and the return of live music, attendees can enjoy a free concert featuring Brad Paisley and the Nashville Symphony. 

Washington D.C.

There’s perhaps no better way to celebrate Independence Day than at our nation’s capital. Head to the national mall a bit early and you’ll even be able to stroll through the memorials before you enjoy the 17-minute spectacle. The show starts at 9:09pm this year, so make sure to pack up a long-sleeved shirt just in case it gets chilly. 

Chicago, IL

Chicago’s Navy Pier is famous for its firework displays. While official details on time and location for the 4th haven’t been confirmed, the pier’s most beloved event is set to return with a bang this year. And if you can’t make it for the 4th of July, you can watch the night sky light up over Lake Michigan almost every Wednesday and Saturday night until August 21st.

Marina del Rey, CA

Is there anything better than watching fireworks over the ocean? We don’t think so. If you live on the West Coast, take a trip to Marina del Rey for one of the best displays in Los Angeles. People travel from all over southern California to enjoy the show, so you’ll need to get there extra early (1 p.m. is the recommended time). Bring our oversized beach towel, save your spot, and spend the day by the water!