An Independence Day highlight in New York City is Macy's stupendous Fourth of July fireworks, set off from several locations from barges on the East River. If you want to secure the best spot, leave early to go to South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the elevated pedestrian sections of FDR Drive.
The historic towns and cities of New England played a big role in America's independence, so it's no surprise that they go all out for Fourth of July, with parades, family-friendly events, and lavish fireworks displays. Bristol, Rhode Island, has the longest-running Independence Day celebration (held since 1785) while other small towns, like Bar Harbor, Maine, put on New England-style events, including seafood festivals, lobster races, and sailboat shows.
Beantown is famous for its fireworks display accompanied live by the world-famous Boston Pops Orchestra, which always ends the night with Tchaikovsky’s iconic 1812 Overture, complete with cannon fire. Fireworks blast off from seven barges along the Charles River while fans watch from the DCR Hatch Shell on the esplanade or along the Longfellow Bridges.
Colonial Williamsburg is living history: real-life actors take over the historic houses and bring to life the days before the American Revolution. Expect fireworks, and the chance to ask a Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry replica a few history questions.
Of course, nothing tops the National Independence Day Parade in the capital. The celebration starts along Constitution Avenue; in the afternoon, there's the annual Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife; and the National Archives has a Family Day. In the evening, the biggest fireworks show in the country blasts off from the Reflecting Pool and lights up the sky above the Capitol, White House, and Washington Monument for almost 20 minutes.
Festivities and live entertainment at Eleanor Tinsley Park, in the heart of downtown Houston, leading up to the nation's largest land-based fireworks show.
Independence Day is one of the most festive holidays in the United States, and as such, it's a great time to take your sweetheart on a romantic getaway. Cities all over the country celebrate by having large 4th of July fireworks displays, patriotic parades, and street parties. Here's where to head to catch the best celebrations near you.
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