Five Great Spots for 4th of July Fireworks


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Jun 29, 2012 —  Sure, fireworks may have been created in China, have been used in celebrations across the globe for thousands of years, and are best utilized in the hands of Michael Bay. But like hamburgers, hot dogs, and so many other things that weren’t invented here, fireworks have become a national symbol of pride in the USA.  

There are few things more American than a good old-fashioned fireworks show – it even says so in the national anthem. To prove this point, simply send up a fireworks display against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty or the Washington Monument, turn on "America the Beautiful" by Ray Charles, and watch as 100,000 red-blooded Americans cry tears of patriotism.

Throughout the country, pyrotechnical extravaganzas are put on for holidays, sporting events, and warm summer nights, but nothing compares to the Fourth of July. Since the first anniversary in 1777, cities have brought out the big guns to celebrate our independence, shooting up the loudest, baddest, and brightest fireworks into the night sky for all to enjoy. So when the big day comes, pack your blankets, and head to one of these five recommended places to catch the most spectacular views of America’s oldest celebration. 

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    The Frying Pan

    Bar / Outdoor Activity / Restaurant

    The Frying Pan - Bar | Outdoor Activity | Restaurant in New York.
    New York

    Pier 66 in Hudson River Park at West 26th Street
    New York, NY 10011


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    Fisherman's Wharf

    Culture / Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area

    Fisherman's Wharf - Culture | Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    The north waterfront running roughly
    from Pier 35 on the east to
    Van Ness Avenue on the west
    San Francisco, CA 94109

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    Rose Bowl

    Concert Venue / Stadium

    Rose Bowl - Concert Venue | Stadium in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    1001 Rose Bowl Drive
    Pasadena, CA 91103


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    Boston Esplanade

    Live Music Venue / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Boston Esplanade - Live Music Venue | Outdoor Activity | Park in Boston.

    Along the Charles River between the Longfellow Bridge and Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02108


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    The National Mall

    Culture / Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Park

    The National Mall - Culture | Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Park in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    Between Independence Avenue and
    Constitution Avenue from the Capitol
    to the Lincoln Memorial
    Washington, DC 20560

    Visitor Information: 202–426–6841; Park Headquarters: 202–485–9880

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User Comments

Sandip S. Aug 7, 2012
I was at the National Mall for last year's celebrations and it was great! Even though you would have to get there early if you want a nice spot for yourself and the metros will be jam packed, it is totally worth every hassle.
Alex K. Jul 31, 2012
I usually head to the beach to celebrate...either Redondo, Marina del Rey, or Santa Monica.
Anonymous Jul 30, 2012
Went to Fisherman's Wharf this year for the fireworks. They had all these fireworks that made all these cool shapes. My favorite - the neutral face fireworks. They kept it real.
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
Nothing like the original. The national mall in our nation's capital is a phenomenal spot to watch the fireworks
Sara G. Jul 26, 2012
The Frying Pan is definitely the place to go. I've heard that Chelsea Piers no longer does a fireworks viewing - if that's true, it's a shame - it used to be my 4th of July spot!
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