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Top 4th of July Fireworks Shows 2017

Adam Young | June 30, 2017

New York

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York City are usually labeled as the largest in the country every year, and the 41st anniversary edition should live up to that reputation. The first shells are launched from barges located on the East River spread between 24th and 41st streets at 9:25 pm EST, and will continue for 25 explosive, eye-popping minutes.  For the full musical effect, tune into 1010 WINS-AM, which will be playing the score the show is choreographed to.

Where to see it: Anywhere with a clear view of the East River is ideal, like Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, Pier 6, or at the designated ground-level viewing on Broad St. or the upper-level viewing on Old Slip St. And if you secure your tickets early, you can catch the view from on the water on one of the many evening fireworks cruises setting sail that evening.

Washington D.C.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists are expected at our Nation’s Capital for the 4th of July fireworks display this year, and if you’re going to be among them, you’ll be seeing a pyrotechnic display set against one of the most iconic backdrops America has to offer. The fireworks start when it gets dark, which is sometime after 9 pm EST.

Where to see it: Choice viewing spots for the D.C. fireworks include the U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, across the Potomac at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, (often called the Iwo Jima Memorial) in Virginia, or at one of the many fireworks watching parties held at several rooftop bars around town.


Very few cities have the rich, patriotic history of Boston, and their 4th of July celebration with the Boston POPS Orchestra has been an iconic display of national pride for generations. The concert kicks off at 8:30 pm EST at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, and this year’s special guests include Andy Grammer, Melissa Etheridge, and Hamilton’s Leslie Odom, Jr.

Where to see it: Esplanade seating, which opens at 9 am, is free on a first come/first served basis. Or take the show in by boat, whether your own or on one of the many special fireworks cruises running that evening.


Music City has turned itself into Fireworks City on Independence Day the last several years, rivaling the largest pyrotechnic displays in the country in size and scope. Hundreds of thousands of people descend on downtown on the 4th for free concerts at both Ascend Amphitheater and Riverfront Park. The evening culminates sometime around 9:00 pm CST, with a concert by the multiple GRAMMY-Award-Winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra playing for a fully choreographed fireworks display.

Where to see it: Tickets are available for both the Ascend Amphitheater concert and the Riverfront Park show. Best fireworks viewing is from the riverfront or along Broadway. Several rooftop bars downtown will be having viewing parties.


Once again, Willie Nelson is having a picnic and you’re invited. Unlike your event at a local park, Willie’s picnic includes performances by Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earl and the Dukes, Margo Price, Asleep at the Wheel, Hayes Carll and many others at the Austin 360 Amphitheater. The day-long festival of star-studded music is capped off that evening with a Texas-sized patriotic fireworks display.

Where to see it: Tickets range from general admission lawn to one of several VIP packages. Parking is included with your ticket purchase.

Los Angeles

Check out the 4th of July tradition at the iconic Hollywood Bowl with the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Pentatonix. Starting at 7:30 pm PST, this show features the a cappella super group that is known for their arrangements of “Daft Punk,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” The multi-platinum group will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for a night of music with fireworks so close you’ll feel like you can reach out and touch them.

Where to see it: Tickets to the Hollywood Bowl are available, and there aren’t really any bad seats in the house for the fireworks, which fire directly behind and above the famous stage. Don’t forget to bring a jacket, as it can get chilly at night.

San Diego

San Diego’s “Big Bay Boom” is a Salute to the the military families of our service heroes, and is billed to be the largest 4th of July fireworks celebration on the west coast, with up to 500,000 people attending. The show, which starts at 9:00 pm PST, features 17 minutes of spectacular fireworks launched from several barges strategically placed around the natural amphitheater that is San Diego Bay.

Where to see it: The Big Bay Boom will be visible from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District and Coronado Ferry Landing. You can listen to the music simulcast on THE MIGHTY 1090 AM and MAX FM 105.7.
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