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Top 10 Places To Be On The Water This July 4th

Written by Boatsetter Team
June 15, 2021

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1) Boston, MA – 8:00 PM

A tradition since 1930, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is known as America’s premier Independence Day celebration. It is also known as one of the most expensive pyrotechnic displays in the country, which means its gotta be good! Celebrating it’s 40th year, the Boston Harbor receives over 500,000 visitors annually for the fireworks display. Don’t get stuck crowding around the banks of the Charles River and view the show from the best spot, which is on the water!

2) New York, NY – 8:00 PM

Macy’s 38th 4th of July Fireworks, is one of the largest shows in America and regularly attracts around 2 million people. Boasting more than 40,000 fireworks, this year’s show will be synchronized to a 25 minute hand-picked score curated by Usher. Vantage points are scattered throughout the West side up to NJ, but the best views can be found while on the water in the Hudson River.

3) Chicago, IL – 9:30 PM

July 4th marks the only major fireworks display that will take place in Chicago, but that also means it will be one of the largest this city has seen. From spectacular fireworks at Navy Pier that light up the city’s lakefront to a concert of beloved classics in Millennium Park, from a baseball game to a bbq rib fest, there is no better place to celebrate the country’s independence than Chicago.

4) Houston, TX – 9:30 PM

Set to a soundtrack of classic American music, the Freedom over Texas pyrotechnic display is the largest land based firework display in the country. Catch the best views while on the White Oak or Buffalo Bayou.

5) Lake Tahoe, CA – 9:00 PM

Tahoe South Lights on the Lake Fireworks display is ranked by many as one of the top fireworks display in the country. The fireworks are shot from a barge from the middle of the lake and are visible from all over town. As you might have guessed one of the sweetest spot to view the show is on the water, directly under the fireworks.

6) New Orleans, LA – 9:00 PM

The firework display over the Mississippi River has been consistently ranked as one of the top nationwide. With a dueling barge firework extravaganza, the only place to view is from the water.

7) San Diego, CA – 9:00 PM

What’s better than two barges shooting off fireworks? More than two barges! For the largest display in the county, three barges will launch fireworks simultaneously for a full 17 minutes, located on Shelter Island, Harbor Island and the North Embarcadero area. The display is estimated to last for a full 17 minutes over the San Diego Bay.

8) Miami, FL -9:00 PM

There is no shortage of on the water locations to choose from while in Miami. View the Independence Day celebrations from Coconut Grove, Boca Raton, Key Biscayne, and many other South Florida communities.

9) Milwaukee, WI – 9:25 PM

Milwaukee dares to be different by celebrating Independence day a day earlier on July 3rd with an entire 60 minutes worth of fireworks over the Lakefront in Veterans Park. And the show goes on! In case you end up missing the July 3rd celebrations, there are always the standard lakefront firework display the next day.

10) Seattle, WA – 10:00 PM

After a brief scare on lack of funds for this year’s 4th of July extravaganza, the city was able to pull together some last-minute donations to be able to put on an awesome firework display on Lake Union. The natural amphitheater of Seattle offers many incredible vantage points for the show.

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