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.
A mainstay of the Fourth of July in the United States besides sparklers, barbeques and celebrating with friends and family are fireworks displays. Just about anywhere you go on Independence Day there will be a spectacle near you.
Unfortunately, there is no concise online database of all the celebrations on offer this year, so we’ve pulled together a list of some of the here’s a few of the biggest and best fireworks displays in the nation if you are hoping to catch the live show.
Birmingham, Alabama – Thunder on the Mountain 2023
The largest city in the state uses the iconic Vulcan cast iron statue as a backdrop for a breathtaking fireworks display, staged in honor of those who have fought for US independence. The fireworks show, in which over 2,500 artillery shells and effects will be used, will be televised on local stations from 9 p.m. but Vulcan Park and Museum will be closing at 6 p.m. 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 along the Charles River, at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade from 10.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Before that there will be a spectacular concert, which starts at 8 p.m. - topping the bill, En Vogue, featuring Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, and Rhona Bennett. Other performers joining the Boston Pops Orchestra with conductor Keith Lockhart include: Mandy Gonzalez, LOCASH, US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus and more. The firework display is free and can be watched from the Oval, in front of the DCR Hatch Shell. The Oval opens at 12 noon on 4 July. More information here:
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 kind of thing. Despite boasting a population of just 7,600 the town’s celebrations run from Thursday 29 June to Wednesday 5 July, and the Tuesday night fireworks show over Clear Lake at 10 p.m. is definitely the highlight. All the information you need is here:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – 4th of July Spectacular
For a coastal taste of Independence Day celebrations get down to Fort Lauderdale where Flo Rida will be providing the musical entertainment, warming the crowd up for a seaside fireworks display from 8:45 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
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 Monday as various events take place all over the city. However the highlight will be the simultaneous display on the Strip at 11 p.m. on Monday as rockets are launched from Caesars Palace, The Aria, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, The Venetian, The STRAT and the new Resorts World. A helicopter can even be hired for a bird’s eye view as the Vegas skyline is illuminated.
Nashville, Tennessee – Let Freedom Sing!
This Independence Day will be one to remember in Nashville with the largest fireworks show in the nation, with a musical component headlined by Brad Paisley. The fireworks display will begin at 9.30 p.m. with accompaniment from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and centred around the Cumberland River - the event will be livestreamed here:
St Louis, Missouri - Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Another city promising its “America’s Biggest Birthday Party” display is St Louis, which will use the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch as a stunning backdrop for the event. The fireworks will start from dusk, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 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
There will be plenty happening in Washington DC this year, including the parade down Constitution Avenue. If you’re planning on going to the National Mall, expect road closures, parking restrictions and security screenings - all of which will cause delays. Security will be strict with various checkpoints to pass through to get to parts of the Mall, coolers, backpacks, packages etc will be subject to inspection. The 42nd annual “A Capitol Fourth” Concert will air live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. Gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. followed by a dazzling firework display, launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, which will begin after 9:00 p.m.