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.
Pier 66 in Hudson River Park at West 26th Street
New York, NY 10011
The north waterfront running roughly
from Pier 35 on the east to
Van Ness Avenue on the west
San Francisco, CA 94109
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
Along the Charles River between the Longfellow Bridge and Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02108
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