The best Fourth of July fireworks shows in 2013
The rocket’s red glare will light up U.S. skies this week as the nation celebrates its 237th Independence Day with a traditional mix of over-the-top fireworks displays, back yard barbecues and red-white-and-blue parades.
When it comes to fireworks, the biggest of the big, as usual, will be Macy’s annual New York City blowout, an incredible display with more than 40,000 effects that will be seen by millions of viewers.
After that, there’s a scramble for the other nine places in our top 10 fireworks shows list, which is based on a combination of factors, including length of show, cost, location, theme and number of viewers.
Some big cities have had to cut back or eliminate their displays because of budgetary problems, which has left room for some smaller cities to take starring roles this year.
Many of those holding Fourth of July fireworks shows won’t reveal the price tag, but a display can cost anywhere from about $10,000 for a small-town show to several million dollars for a multi-day extravaganza.
When/where: Macy’s 37th annual show, this year titled “It Begins with a Spark,” will be on July 4 at approximately 9:25 p.m. Barges will be positioned between 24th and 42nd streets; the show will be over the Hudson River. "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks,” a two-hour entertainment special on NBC, begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT/MT
How much does it cost? Undisclosed.
How long will it last? Approximately 25 minutes.
Why is it one of the coolest shows in the nation? Macy's 4th of July Fireworks is the nation's largest Independence Day display. In an average minute, more than 1,600 shells will be fired, a rate 80 times bigger than the average show in the nation. This year Usher has collaborated with the show's producer, Pyro Spectaculars by Sousa.
When/where: July 4 on the National Mall, at approximately 9:15 p.m. The visibility is terrific, whether you’re watching from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol or the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with the reflection in the refurbished Reflecting Pool.
How much does the display cost? $222,000.
How long will it last? Approximately 17 minutes.
What makes it one of the coolest shows in the nation? The nation’s capital offers the most stirring landscape against which to see a first-class fireworks display. The concert this year will feature popular personalities like Tom Bergeron, Barry Manilow, “American Idol” winner Candice Glover and John Williams conducting the National Symphony Orchestra in a program of popular and patriotic songs.