The 4 Biggest Fourth of July Celebrations Around the Country


It doesn’t get any better than backyard barbecues, festivals, fireworks, and patriotic songs to celebrate America’s independence on the 4th of July!

Out of all the biggest and brightest Independence Day celebrations around the country, we picked four of our favorite to share with you.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

New York City, New York

The Empire State Building and the Christal Building during the Macy's 4th of July fireworks show from Queens, New York on July 4, 2017.
Macy’s 4th of July fireworks (Photo Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
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It wouldn’t be a 4th of July celebration without the booming and crackling of fireworks lighting up the night sky. And Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks … they don’t take fireworks lightly.

The event is noted as one of the largest firework shows in the nation, using between 40,000-50,000 firework shells per show! Not to mention, the fireworks are choreographed to an arrangement of patriotic tunes!

This event puts on performances from popular artists as well. Last year’s celebration featured performers like Brad Paisley, Hailee Steinfeld, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Lopez, and many more.

This is a star-spangled extravaganza you don’t want to miss.

Wawa Welcome America!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fireworks display over the water for Wawa Welcome America! 4th of July Fireworks
Wawa Welcome America! 4th of July Fireworks (Photo credit: Ed Jones/Getty Images)

The city where it all began.

Philadelphia is home to the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. So, what better way to celebrate America’s birthday than in America’s birthplace at Wawa Welcome America? AND with a week-long celebration of 50+ free festive events and activities, leading up to one of the nation’s greatest fireworks show displayed over the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

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If you haven’t witnessed this lively 4th of July celebration, make 2018 the year! The festivities take place from June 28 – July 4, 2018.

National Independence Day Parade

Washington, D.C.

National Independence Day 4th of July
National Independence Day 4th of July Fireworks (Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

It’s no doubt Washington D.C. celebrates the 4th of July with a bang each year.

Park your lawn chairs, grab some Fourth of July snacks, and wave the stars and stripes along Constitution Avenue to observe the National Independence Day Parade that features floats, marching bands, military and specialty units, and VIPs!

Don’t forget to check out The Capitol Fourth concert featuring award-winning musical artists and the National Symphony Orchestra. And after the show, make your way to the grand finale: a massive fireworks show in the nation’s capital.

Want to find an excellent vantage point for the fireworks show? We recommend anywhere on the National Mall, across the Potomac River, and from the U.S. Supreme Court Plaza.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Pops Firework Spectacular on 4th of July
Boston Pops Firework Spectacular on 4th of July (Photo credit: Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Can you imagine a more beautiful sight than fireworks illuminating the evening sky above the Charles River in Boston?

Boston is well-known not only for its revolutionary heritage but also for its celebratory pride, especially around the 4th of July. And what better place to celebrate patriotism on steroids than in one of the oldest, history-rich cities in the U.S.

Make sure to block out July 3 – July 4, 2018, on your calendar because that’s when the spectacular festivities take place. And don’t forget to get there early for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4 at 8 p.m.

How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July?

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