WATCH: The 10 Craziest Annual 4th of July Fireworks Displays

by Mark Jackson on 26 June 2014 1 comment

The 4th of July is upon us once again, which means it's time for a time-honored tradition: fireworks. In my family, the 4th of July is bigger than Christmas. My father took to his fireworks show with obsession, even joining a firework club at one point. So, I thought I would detail some amazing fireworks displays that you can see this year in the United States. Let's get started!

1. New York City

It's pretty obvious that New York City would have a large fireworks display — it's a pretty patriotic city. Their display, sponsored by Macy's, has been running since the country's bicentennial in 1976. The entire display involves several barges in the East River, and fireworks launched from the Brooklyn Bridge.

2. Boston

I love the plan for Boston's fireworks display this 4th of July. For one, it's in Boston, home of the Boston Tea Party that was an impetus for the American Revolution. The setting is an obvious plus for this show. But, I think the most amazing part of the night would be the Boston Pops orchestra, world famous for their arrangements, performing in concert with the fireworks exploding above them!

3. Washington DC

My vote for the most patriotic of displays, the fireworks in Washington are exploded over the National Mall, with the Washington Monument used as the foreground. The whole day seems fun, with a parade down Constitution Avenue a highlight of the day.

4. Atlantic City

With over 250,000 people showing up for the display each year, the Atlantic City fireworks show utilizes two barges and a platform marina. Over 1,000 fireworks shells will be fired in this 'top five' largest display in the country.

5. Addison

Dubbed "Kaboom Town," Addison's fireworks show is unique in that the whole town can tune to a radio station to listen to choreographed music to the giant display. The display has been ranked among the top five in the US, and Bing.com even rated it #11 in the world.

6. Nashville

"Music City" will feature some great entertainment along with their fireworks. And, what else would you imagine it would be? Country music stars! Billy Currington headlines this year's show along with the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony.

7. San Francisco

Based around Pier 39, utilizing all the fine views that come with the San Francisco Bay, the 4th of July fireworks in the Bay Area are sure to impress. You can even rent boats to anchor offshore and watch the show from the water!

8. Las Vegas

Not particularly known for their fireworks show, Las Vegas is arguably a great place to celebrate America's birthday. The Las Vegas Strip's many mega-hotels serve as the launchpad for a highly choreographed display up and down Las Vegas Boulevard.

9. Chicago

One of my favorite cities in the United States, Chicago launches its fireworks from Navy Pier. As it's located along the shores of Lake Michigan, viewers can take fireworks cruises from downtown Chicago to check out the show.

10. San Diego

Our last city on this list, San Diego puts on the largest fireworks show in the country, with four barges scattered around San Diego Bay for viewers. The display is so large that it can be seen from Shelter Island all the way to Coronado Island. (And who can forget the spectacular fail that was 2012's show: the Big Bay Boom Bust.)

We hope this list helps you decide which ones to watch in person, and, at a minimum, which ones to watch on television!

So, where will you be this 4th of July?

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Chris Bell

Where is Castalure, Texas on this list?