The Best Firework Shows and Displays in Every Single State 2022

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Oh, say can you see…the fireworks? There’s nothing quite like a Fourth of July celebration replete with live music, tons of food and eye-catching pyrotechnics. And it’s not like you have to travel far to take part in the festivities. Every state (plus Washington D.C.) puts on a heck of a show.

This year, wish America a happy birthday at one of these amazing extravaganzas in every state. Just make sure you find a spot with a great view for these fantastic fireworks displays.

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1. Alabama: The AMP on Lake Martin (Eclectic)

Head over to the grassy lawn at The Amp for the Southeast’s largest fireworks show and concert. The fun-packed evening starts with tunes from Lake Martin's favorite cover band, The Bank Walkers at 6:30, followed by fireworks at 9:30. Tickets are $10.

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2. ALASKA: HARBOR UPLANDS (SEWARD)

When the sun doesn’t set until 11:21 p.m., you might wonder if it’s even possible to put on a decent fireworks display. In Seward, the answer is a resounding yes. The free show starts at 12:01 a.m. Pop a squat at Seward Waterfront Park or Seward Boat Harbor and you’ll be in prime position to watch the late-night (or early morning?) pyrotechnics.

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3. ARIZONA: ALL-AMERICAN FESTIVAL (PEORIA)

The annual All-American Festival at the Peoria Sports Complex features an impressive fireworks display, plus pre-show live entertainment, food, cold drinks and a slew of family-friendly activities. Just bring your own lawn chairs and blankets—and get ready for a good time!

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4. ARKANSAS: 4TH AT THE FIELD (SPRINGDALE)

The only thing more American than Independence Day? Baseball (and, maybe, apple pie). “4th at the Field” is a patriotic pyrotechnics spectacular that lights up the sky at Arvest Ballpark. All seating is general admission, with tickets going for $12.75 for adults and $10.75 for children 12 and under.

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5. CALIFORNIA: PIER 39 (SAN FRANCISCO)

Launched from the barges by Pier 39 and Municipal Pier, this wonderous waterfront show is the biggest synchronized display in San Francisco. The best spots to watch the fireworks? Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park, Ghirardelli Square and Coit Tower.

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6. CONNECTICUT: Independence Day Street Party (NEW CANAAN)

If you’re looking to spend the evening with your fam, then head over to The Wharf. There’ll be family-friendly activities including a bubble zone, bounce houses, surf simulator, face painting ($10), and camel rides ($5) from 5 to 9 p.m. before the fireworks light up the skies.

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7. COLORADO: GRAND LAKE FIREWORKS

Surrounded by the mountains and a Colorado’s largest natural lake, this fabled fireworks show has that extra sparkle (mostly because of the reflection off the crystal-clear water). Pack bug spray and all your picnic gear to take in the night sky surrounded by one of America’s most beautiful landscapes.

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8. DELAWARE: REHOBOTH BEACH FIREWORKS

Set off from the beach south of Rehoboth Avenue, the fireworks are visible up and down the boardwalk. There’s even live music before and after the show. Oh, those summer niiiiiights. (Note: This year’s display is scheduled for Sunday, July 3.)

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9. FLORIDA: SERTOMA’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS (PENSACOLA BAY)

The Gulf Coast knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July. Bring your appetite and love for drunk dancing because the venue will be lined with food trucks and live music. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and fireworks go up at 9 p.m.

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10. GEORGIA: DAHLONEGA’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Pack up your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and journey about an hour outside of Atlanta to Dahlonega. It’s pet-friendly (just make sure your pup can handle the noise). And if you get to town early enough (11 a.m.), be sure to check out the parade.

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11. HAWAII: Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza (OAHU)

A fireworks show will illuminate the sky at Kailua Beach Park on July 4. Can’t bottle your Independence Day excitement until 8 p.m.? The festivities start with an acrobatic performance at 6 p.m., followed by the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band.

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12. IDAHO: MELALEUCA FREEDOM CELEBRATION (IDAHO FALLS)

Prepare to be dazzled! The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls is the largest Independence Day fireworks show west of the Mississippi River.

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13. ILLINOIS: NAVY PIER (CHICAGO)

If practice makes perfect, then Navy Pier knows how to put on a fireworks show—the venue does it every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer. If you can’t secure a yacht to watch from Lake Michigan, anywhere along the boardwalk will do. And hey, it’s not like the massive Ferris wheel fits on a boat anyway.

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14. INDIANA: DOWNTOWN FIREWORKS (INDIANAPOLIS)

Cue the patriotic music! This year, the 21-minute firework show set to launch from atop the 500 North Meridian office building in downtown Indianapolis will be synced to themed tunes. There are a bunch of great spots to watch the festivities, including Military Park, American Legion Mall and all of downtown north of Monument Circle.

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15. IOWA: CEDAR RAPIDS FREEDOM FESTIVAL

Every city should take a few notes from the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival (aka the massive American birthday party that eastern Iowa’s cultural hub throws each year). Lasting from the third week in June to July 4, the extraordinary event includes theme nights, canine competitions, live music and a parade. With so much going on, don’t forget about the star-spangled attraction—the fireworks, of course.

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16. KANSAS: OVERLAND PARK STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR

Celebrate the 4th of July Kansas style with food trucks, live musical performances and one of the largest fireworks displays in the state.

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17. KENTUCKY: Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise (LOUISVILLE)

How does spending Independence Day on the water sound? Don your red, white and blue aboard the historic Belle of Louisville for an Independence Day celebration for the ages. Sit back and watch the sky light up with a firework display from Waterfront Park. If that doesn’t excite you, perhaps the full bar will do the trick? The two-hour cruise runs from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. and tickets are $46 for adults (15-64), $45 for seniors (65+), $20 for kids (5-14) and free for children 4 and under.

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18. LOUISIANA: FOURTH OF JULY SPECTACULAR (BATON ROUGE)

New Orleans may be the party capital of Louisiana, but Baton Rouge takes the cake, err apple pie (that’s more American, right?) in the patriotism department. Don your red-white-and-blue best to watch the fireworks fly over the Mississippi River.

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19. MAINE: FIREWORKS AT OGUNQUIT BEACH

We can’t think of many more idyllic settings for watching fireworks than the beautiful shores of Ogunquit Beach. Want more space to stretch out? You’ll find great views of the pyrotechnics from Main Beach up to Footbridge Beach.

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20. MARYLAND: JULY 4TH CONCERT & FIREWORKS (OCEAN CITY)

Nothing says Independence Day quite like a free concert and fireworks. Ocean City has two locations for your entertainment: uptown at Northside Park and downtown on the beach. Decisions, decisions.

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21. MASSACHUSETTS: BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR (BOSTON)

Beantown hosts one of the biggest and oldest Fourth of July celebrations in the country. This year, Keith Lockhart will lead a performance of patriotic tunes, followed by a fireworks finale from Boston Common. You can catch the entire event on Bloomberg TV and radio, as well as locally on WHDH-TV Channel 7.

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22. MICHIGAN: WEST GRAND TRAVERSE BAY FIREWORKS (TRAVERSE CITY)

The fireworks display over West Grand Traverse Bay means great viewing spots all at Open Space Park, Clinch Park Marina, Bryant Park and West End Beach. Pack a cooler—preferably filled with fresh-picked, local cherries and lemonade.

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23. MINNESOTA: Manitou Days (White bear lake)

For over 50 years, this annual festival has brought awe and wonderment to the folks in the Midwest. As always, this year’s celebrations begin with Marketfest on June 16 and ends on the Fourth of July with a spectacular over-the-lake fireworks display set to music. Festival highlights include the Grande Parade, the Beach Dance, Medallion Hunt, Kiddie Parade, Community Garage Sale and more.

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24. MISSISSIPPI: CANTON BALLOON GLOW & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA

Spectators at the Canton Balloon Glow & Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular will see more than just rockets in the air all weekend long. The event will feature colorful balloons, a fireworks extravaganza, live entertainment and more. Just make sure you arrive early for all sorts of food, drinks and family-friendly entertainment.

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25. MISSOURI: SALUTE TO AMERICA (JEFFERSON CITY)

Dress in patriotic duds and head to the state capitol for Jefferson City's annual 4th of July celebration. Starting on July 2, the downtown district comes alive with carnival rides, a parade, concerts and more festive fun! The grand finale is the largest fireworks display in central Missouri.

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26. MONTANA: FIREWORKS ON WHITEFISH LAKE

Whitefish comes to play...patriotic style. Festive events in the scenic resort town in the Rockies include a fun run, boat parade, lighting of flares and, obviously, fireworks over Whitefish Lake.

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27. NEBRASKA: FIREWORKS OVER THE LAKE (ALMA)

Monday, July 4 is the day to rock red, white and blue in Alma. The celebrations kick off with a morning fun run and walk. There's also a parade, face painting and roving musicians. At 10 p.m., the fireworks flare over the lake.

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28. NEVADA: THE LAS VEGAS STRIP

Sin City gets lit up to the max on July 4th when the ARIA Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Resorts World Las Vegas, The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod, Treasure Island Las Vegas and The Venetian Resort Las Vegas launch a themed coordinated fireworks extravaganza that’s literally the equivalent of hitting the Independence Day jackpot.

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29. NEW HAMPSHIRE: HAMPTON BEACH FIREWORKS

Fireworks are held every Wednesday at Hampton Beach during the summer (on the beach at the top of B and C streets). That means they’ll be ready to blow the roof off the, well, sky on Independence Day. The special patriotic pyrotechnics display is not to be missed!

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30. NEW JERSEY: ATLANTIC CITY FIREWORKS

For a fabulous Fourth of July, bet on Atlantic City. You can start celebrating at the Atlantic City Boardwalk and Beach where firework displays begin July 1 at 9:30 p.m. The other pyrotechnics display is on the boardwalk at the Tropicana at 10 p.m. on July 4.

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31. NEW MEXICO: Smokey Bear Stampede (Capitan)

This renowned festival begins on July 1 with rodeos, cook-offs and plenty of events fit for the whole family. On July 4th, you can enjoy a full day of celebrations with a campfire Dutch oven competition, mutton bustin’, steer riding, evening rodeo, fireworks and lots more.

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32. NEW YORK: MACY’S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS (NEW YORK CITY)

Leave it to New York City and Macy’s to put on the nation’s largest Independence Day celebration. With more than 65,000 shells and effects launched from five barges positioned on the East River in Midtown, this explosive show is a do-not-miss—since it’s visible from all over Manhattan and broadcast nationwide, you won’t!

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33. NORTH CAROLINA: INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION (COROLLA)

After nearly three decades, the Corolla Independence Day Celebration knows how to keep festive fun going all night (or, at least, until 9 p.m.). Gear up for food trucks, live music, a watermelon eating contest and awesome fireworks. P.S. Doggos are more than welcome as long as they remain on leashes, and they can handle the fireworks.

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34. NORTH DAKOTA: ROUGHRIDERS RODEO FIREWORKS (DICKINSON)

Who wouldn’t want to watch a fireworks show at the rodeo? (That’s obviously a rhetorical question.) Venture to the Former DSU Rodeo Grounds for an eye-popping display that starts at 10 p.m. Wear your coolest chaps. And buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride.

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35. OHIO: LIGHT UP THE LAKE (CLEVELAND)

Cleveland’s “Light Up the Lake” is back again and in spectacular fashion. Revelers can see the striking display from numerous locations—namely Port of Cleveland’s Dock 20, Flats West Bank, Flat East Bank and North Coast Harbor.

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36. OKLAHOMA: LIBERTYFEST FIREWORKS (EDMOND)

If you’re in Edmond (or anywhere within driving distance) this July 4th, beeline it to E. C. Hafer Park for the largest fireworks display in the metro area. Bring the kiddos and get there early to stake out a prime spot.

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37. OREGON: FORT DALLES FOURTH FIREWORKS

Fort Dalles pulls out all the stops for the Fourth of July. From the rocket run and parade to the fireworks, it’s a day (and night) you won’t soon forget.

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38. PENNSYLVANIA: WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR (PHILADELPHIA)

It’s only fitting that the nation’s birthplace has a ton (as in 16 days’ worth) of patriotic programming—including comped admission to many of the city’s best museums and a free concert headlined by Jason Derulo—all leading up to the festive grand finale fireworks on July 4th at 8 p.m.

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39. RHODE ISLAND: BRISTOL’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

“America’s most patriotic town” is obviously going to hold it down on Independence Day. Bristol hosts one of the oldest Fourth of July traditions in the country—the celebrations began way back in 1785. The present-day festivities entail a parade, pageant, concert series, freedom raffle and fireworks.

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40. SOUTH CAROLINA: Sea Stars & Stripes (Charleston)

Food, fun and Charleston’s best view of fireworks are guaranteed at Sea Stars & Stripes! This event is family-friendly and all-inclusive, just bring a chair or blanket to sit on while you watch as the fireworks illuminate the Charleston Harbor.

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41. SOUTH DAKOTA: Custer's Old Time Country Fourth of July

From a parade and live music to old-fashioned games and races to an arts and crafts festival, Custer is the place to be if you’re spending Independence Day in the Mount Rushmore State. The fireworks display from Pageant Hills tops off the celebration at about 9:30 p.m.

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42. TENNESSEE: LET FREEDOM SING (NASHVILLE)

The city built on music knows how to put on a great concert. (Even better if it’s free and headlined by Old Dominion, like this year, amirite?) But it’s the over-the-top pyrotechnics synchronized to a medley played by the award-winning Nashville Symphony that will really have you oohing and ahhing.

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43. TEXAS: KABOOM TOWN! (ADDISON)

You had us at “Kaboom.” If the catchy title alone doesn’t convince you to celebrate in Addison, perhaps the promise of an airplane flyover show, concert and fireworks will. (Psst: It’s all going down on July 3.)

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44. UTAH: PARK CITY 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS at Park City Mountain Resort

Get ready for a pedestrian day on Main Street with the Park Silly Sunday Market, holiday performances and a ceremony honoring fallen police officers. A volleyball tournament at City Park is also on deck starting at 7 a.m. and the anticipated fireworks display is set for 9 p.m. at Park City Mountain Resort.

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45. VERMONT: BURLINGTON'S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

The annual July 3rd celebration presented by Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront overlooks beautiful Lake Champlain. Fireworks light up at 9:30 p.m. Arrive early to enjoy food, drinks, music and festive activities starting at 5 p.m.

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46. VIRGINIA: LIGHTS OF FREEDOM (COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG)

How better to commemorate the 246th anniversary of our country’s birth than with a fireworks bonza at the Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg? We feel patriotic just thinking about it.

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47. WASHINGTON: EVERETT'S JULY FOURTH

The largest ​city in Snohomish County goes all out for July 4th. Get the whole gang together for food, fun and fireworks at Legion Memorial Park overlooking Puget Sound. Now, doesn't that make you proud to be an American?

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48. WASHINGTON, D.C.: NATIONAL MALL FIREWORKS

It’s no surprise that Indepence Day is the biggest holiday in Washington, D.C. Salute America alongside your fellow countrymen right on the National Mall, where there will be military flyovers and jaw-dropping fireworks launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

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49. WEST VIRGINIA: RIPLEY 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Ripley is a small town with a big show that dates all the way back to the 1800s. On the agenda for 2022? Cheer on the grand parade earlier in the day and enjoy a drive-in style concert ahead of the fireworks at 10 p.m. All this awesomeness takes place on July 3rd and July 4th.

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50. WISCONSIN: EGG HARBOR FIREWORKS (DOOR COUNTY)

The shops and restaurants at Egg Harbor stay open all day on July 3 in advance of the big fireworks show. Chow down on concessions, hit a few local boutiques and listen to great live music. Careful not to lose track of time because the colorful display begins at dusk.

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51. WYOMING: Grand Teton Music Festival’s Patriotic pops

Patriotic Pops pairs fireworks and pops music for a fun family-friendly evening, highlighted by party tunes and topped off by an extravagant fireworks display. Tickets for adults are between $25 to $45 while students and children are $15.

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