5. Fisherman’s Wharf Fourth of July: The East Coast doesn’t have anything on the West Coast when it comes to Fourth of July celebrations. The guys and gals of San Francisco know how to put on a display with the best of them, and we’re told there’s really no bad place to be along the pier to watch these fireworks.
6. Seattle Fireworks Display: There really is something magical about watching a huge fireworks display from a boat. In Seattle, if you don’t have your own boat – you can book fireworks party boat cruises.
7. Charlotte, N.C., Fireworks Display: Southerners know how to create a fireworks display all their own, and Charlotte, N.C., is known for one of the best and brightest. There are several events planned for Charlotte this year, so if you’re going, check out this website for information.
8. Bull Shoals State Park, Bull Shoals, Ark.: While certainly not one of the largest displays in the country, the vastness of Bull Shoal’s 700-plus miles of shoreline and 44,000 acres of lake presents a unique opportunity for a family to get out and connect with nature over the holiday. Seeing the fireworks over the dam is awesome by land and particularly fun in a boat. Get there early and stay late for some night fishing on one of the country’s top-ranked bass lakes.
9. Boston Pops Fireworks Display: One of the largest displays – with more than 20,000 pounds of fireworks – and one of the most expensive, at more than $2.5 million, this fireworks display should be on any pyromaniac’s bucket list. If you can’t be there in person, this video is a pretty good substitute.