INDEPENDENCE DAY

How to find Fourth of July fireworks near my location

As people across the country prepare for Independence Day celebrations, we take a look at this year's best Fourth of July fireworks displays where you are.

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How to find Fourth of July fireworks near my location

In 2020 Independence Day celebrations across the country were largely cancelled, with Americans required to remain indoors and avoid large crowds to stem the spread of covid-19.

Although the United States looks set to fall short of President Biden’s target of 70% vaccinated by 4 July, the country is in a much better shape this year and some celebrations will be going ahead. As usual a centrepiece of the occasion will be the Fourth of July firework displays taking place on Sunday evening across the country.

Unfortunately there is no online database of all the celebrations on offer, but here’s a few of the biggest and best fireworks displays if you are hoping to catch the live spectacle…

Birmingham, Alabama – Thunder on the Mountain

The largest city in the state uses the iconic Vulcan cast iron statue as a backdrop for a massive fireworks display. The fireworks show will be televised on local stations from 9pm but Vulcan Park and Museum will be closing at 6pm to prepare for the show. For more information on the best viewing spots, such as Five Points South, Homewood and Vestavia, check out these prime viewing locations.

Boston, Massachusetts – Fireworks and Pops Concert

An enormous Independence Day extravaganza will be held across New England with the fireworks display in Boston Common from 10.30pm. Tickets are already sold out but it will be visible from miles around and will be broadcast live from 8pm to 11pm.

Clear Lake, Iowa – Celebrating American Independence

If you want a more local feel to your Fourth of July experience then the fireworks display at Clear Lake may be more your speed. Despite boasting a population of just 7,600 the town’s celebrations last from Wednesday 30 June to Monday 5 July, and the Sunday night fireworks show at 10pm is definitely the highlight.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – 4th of July Spectacular

For a coastal taste of Independence Day celebrations get down to Fort Lauderdale where the Beach Boys will perform live from 7.30pm to 9pm. This is followed by a seaside fireworks display from 9pm immediately afterwards.

Las Vegas, Nevada – Las Vegas Strip Fireworks

Bright lights and loud noises are nothing new in Las Vegas and the spectacle will be amped up even further on Sunday as various events take place all over the city. However the highlight will be the simultaneous display on the Strip at 11pm on Sunday as rockets are launched from Caesars Palace, The Aria, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, The Venetian, The STRAT and the new Resorts World.

Nashville, Tennessee – Let Freedom Sing!

This Independence Day will be one to remember in Nashville with the largest fireworks show in the city’s history, with a musical component headlined by Brad Paisley. The fireworks display will begin at 9.30pm, with accompaniment from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and centred around the Cumberland River.

Pasadena, California – AmericaFest

The 2021 celebration at the Rose Bowl is entitled ‘Celebrating America’s Perseverance’ and gates for the paid event open at 5.30pm. However there are plenty of viewing areas nearby to get a great sight of the 9pm fireworks show.

St Louis, Missouri - Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

Another city promising its largest-ever display is St Louis, which will use the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch as a stunning backdrop for the event. From roughly 9.40pm there are plenty of spots to view the spectacle, but it can also be streamed at home and will be screened in restaurants and bars across the city.

Washington, DC - A Capitol Fourth and July 4th Fireworks

The US Capitol hosts an annual Independence Day spectacle and this year’s is the 41st edition. A Capitol Fourth will see a music concert hosted by Vanessa William broadcast on PBS from 8pm. The fireworks display will follow with a show launched from either sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool from 9.09pm.