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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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TORONTO, ON - JULY 1  -  Thousands gather at Ashbridges Bay Beach to watch Canada Day fireworks at  in Toronto. July 1, 2022.  Toronto Police had a large presence after violence and mischief marred the Victoria Day fireworks.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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While Covid-19 cases continue above the WHO’s recommended limit in some parts of the US, Independence Day celebrations will be going ahead as planned with the country now in much better shape than it was during the pandemic.

Like in previous years, the centrepiece of the occasion will be the spectacular Fourth of July firework displays programmed for Monday night in most places across the country. Not all cities will be staging firework shows this year - some have had to cancel due to a shortage of staff, others have been impacted by Covid but the main problem this year has been with supply chain difficulties.

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The fireworks industry is heavily regulated - especially when it comes to display pyrotechnics - importing, manufacturing and selling display fireworks requires a Federal explosives license. Permits must be applied for at least 15 days in advance of the event. The bulk of the fireworks which will be set off in the US on Independence Day are imported from China, followed by Spain and Thailand - this year there have been cargo delays at major US port gateways and some shipments haven’t reached their destination on time. A few cities have banned this years Fourth of July firework displays for public safety reasons - Castle Rock, Colorado have a temporary ban in place due to dry weather and the risk of wildfires.

But public firework displays will be going ahead in most areas although a few, such as the Aquatennial Target Fireworks show will take place on a later date. Unfortunately there is no concise online database of all the celebrations on offer this year, but here’s a few of the biggest and best fireworks displays if you are hoping to catch the live spectacle…

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Birmingham, Alabama – Thunder on the Mountain 2022

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, Chaka Khan! Other performers include: Keith Lockhart, Javier Colon, Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums and Heather Headley. 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 Wednesday 29 June to Tuesday 5 July, and the Monday 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 The B-52′s 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 city’s history, with a musical component headlined by Old Dominion. 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:

Pasadena, California – AmericaFest

The 2022 AmericaFest celebration at the Rose Bowl is a large patriotic celebration of all things red, white and blue - more so this year with the venue celebrating its 100th birthday. Tickets for the event range from $20.00 to $250 with gates to the Rose Bowl opening at 5 p.m. However there are plenty of viewing areas nearby to get a great sight of the 9 p.m. 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. 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

This will be the first traditional Independence Day celebration in D.C. since 2019. There will be plenty happening, 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 at 9:09 p.m.

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