1. Washington, DC – Nothing could be more patriotic than celebrating the independence of our nation in the heart of our nation. Every year, D.C. has a fireworks display that can be seen from beautiful locations all over the city, such as the National Mall, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and the Potomac River. Check out this map for a guide to the best viewing locations. While you’re in D.C., be sure to enjoy the patriotic museums, sights and monuments that the city has to offer — many of them are free! Have the full Independence Day experience this Fourth of July, by taking in the history and fun that abound in our nation’s capital.
2. Boston – Another amazing Fourth of July option is the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The display’s producers will transform the night sky by writing “USA” in red, white and blue fireworks. This is preceded by the famous concert that TV audiences throughout the country have enjoyed for many years. How unforgettable it would be to see this extravaganza live and in person! The schedule of events can be found here.
And while you’re in Boston, check out the many historic attractions, such as the Old State House and the Freedom Trail, which we visited in the Boston episode of “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly”.
3. New York City – If you’re really looking for Fourth of July excitement, visit the Big Apple for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Firing off an average of 1,600 shells per minute, this show is a spectacular display of color that can be seen from all over the city. There is also a star-studded televised concert featuring artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida and Meghan Trainor in the 2015 line-up.
4. Chicago – Navy Pier in the Windy City has fireworks displays throughout the summer, including, of course, on Fourth of July. The display takes place over Lake Michigan and is perfectly timed to music. There are many beautiful spots along the lake to take it all in, including a fireworks cruise, where you’ll get a spectacular, unobstructed view of the display.
And don’t forget to check out Chicago’s other main attractions while you’re in the city, such as the Shedd Aquarium and the Lincoln Park Zoo, which we visited in the Season One Chicago episode of “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly.” Our Season Two Chicago episode aired summer 2015.
5. Nashville – Each Fourth of July, Nashville, also called Music City, hosts a massive celebration in honor of our country’s independence. With free live music, family fun and a huge fireworks display at night using more than 16,000 lbs. of fireworks, Nashville won’t disappoint.