The United States will commemorate the 4th of July with fireworks

(CNN) — After a pandemic-induced hiatus last year, many places in the United States known for their Fourth of July celebrations will be back in action in 2021.And the finishing touch of many of those celebrations? An impressive fireworks display, of course. Those who cannot travel to enjoy the shows in person can catch many of them on live broadcasts and on television.

From our largest population centers to the smallest cities and towns, CNN Travel has rounded up some of the best places in America to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks and when to go (all times are by city).

Addison, Texas


Addison, a small city in the Dallas metropolitan area, has a huge fireworks show.
Credit: Courtesy of the City of Addison

Saturday, 3 July | Addison Kaboom Town! This Dallas County town has a population of about 15,300, but it puts on a show that should impress any bigger-is-better Texan.

Although tickets for the celebration at Addison Park Circle are sold out, restaurants and hotels still have packages to view the celebration. The city will have a live broadcast on his YouTube channel. The patriotic “Freedom Flyover” air show begins at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For more information, consult here.

Birmingham, Alabama

Sunday, July 4 | Thunder on the mountain: Alabama’s largest city puts on a memorable fireworks display with the colossal Vulcan, the world’s largest cast-iron statue, as its backdrop.

The Vulcan Park and Museum will close at 6pm to prepare for the show. says that main places to see it they are Five Points South, Homewood, Vestavia, Mountain Brook and the UAB campus. The 9:00 p.m. show will be televised. More information here.



Boston has one of the most anticipated fireworks shows in the country.
Credits: Kyle Klein

Sunday July 4 | Fireworks and pop music concert: This annual event is well loved not only in Boston but throughout New England. In 2021, the fireworks and the concert will be held at different locations.

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The fireworks portion stays in Beantown, with a show on the Boston Common starting at 10:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Boston Pops Independence Day concert will be held in Tanglewood, western Massachusetts. . Tickets are sold out, but it will air from 8 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit Boston Discovery Guide | | Boston Pops.

Clear Lake, Iowa

Sunday, July 4 | Celebration of the Independence of the United States: Minneapolisers and Des Moines who want to enjoy small-town Independence Day charm without giving up a big show can head to Little Clear Lake.

This city of about 7,600 people is serious about celebrating American independence. The events run from Wednesday, June 30 through Monday, July 5. 5. The climax, the famous Clear Lake fireworks show, starts at 10pm. For more information click here.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sunday, July 4 | Spectacular 4th of July: Wouldn’t it be nice to listen to the Beach Boys before watching the fireworks go off over the warm ocean waters? Fort Lauderdalens will be able to do both this year.

The Beach Boys will perform live from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with the seaside fireworks show starting immediately after. They can also take water taxis to get to the event. For more information, Click here.

Las Vegas

Sunday, July 4 | Fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip: Much of Las Vegas is literally a gamble, but it’s a pretty safe bet that Las Vegas will put on a dazzling fireworks show.

In fact, there will be various shows and events throughout the area. But the biggest display will take place on the Strip at 11 p.m., when fireworks will go off simultaneously from the rooftops of Caesars Palace, The Aria, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, The Venetian, The STRAT and the new Resorts World. More information here.

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Nashville, Tennessee


The 4th of July fireworks explode over the Cumberland River in 2016.
Credit: Mark Humphrey/AP

Sunday July 4 | What freedom sings! The capital of Tennessee and country music is set to deliver something big in 2021: Country superstars and the biggest fireworks show in the history of the booming city.
Brad Paisley is the headliner of the musical festivities. The show begins at 4:00 p.m., with Paisley expected to take the stage shortly after 8:00 p.m.

The fireworks show, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony, is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm The city plans four large launch zones downtown to cover more space over the picturesque Cumberland River. More information: Fireworks | Entertainment | Schedule.

New York


The Empire State Building (left) and the Chrysler Building are seen in the background during the 2017 Macy’s fireworks show from Queens.
Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

Sunday July 4 | Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show: The folks at Macy’s aren’t resting on their laurels after the Thanksgiving parade. For the summer, they organize the biggest fireworks show in the country.

Macy’s says it has worked to provide up to two miles of space for the public to view the free show. The live broadcast of the show, which includes Reba McEntire and the Black Pumas, begins at 8 pm At around 9:45 pm, fireworks will be launched from boats on the East River. More information here.

Pasadena, California

Sunday July 4 | America Fest: Held at the iconic Rose Bowl, the face-to-face show returns after going virtual last year. The theme for 2021 is “Celebrate America’s Perseverance.”

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and motocross shows are scheduled for 6:30 and 8 p.m. Fireworks will go off at 9 p.m. This is a paid event, but at surroundings of the stadium you can see the fireworks. More information: Visit Pasadena | Rose Bowl Stadium.


Sunday July 4 | Wawa Welcome America: The city in which the entire independence issue was made official celebrates this holiday in a big way, with 16 days of events that began on June.

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The concert begins at 7 p.m. and culminates at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

People who want to see the show from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can start arriving at 8 pm in the area between Eakins Oval and Logan Circle. More information: wawa concert | FVisit Philadelphia.

San Diego


San Diego’s Big Bay Boom is a Southern California favorite.
Credit: Frank Duenzl/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

Sunday, July 4 | Big Bay Boom: Southern Californians have good options for fireworks shows. San Diegans can enjoy the Big Bay Boom, in which fireworks are launched from four barges into San Diego Bay.

Suggested places to see them are Coronado Ferry Landing, Harbor Island. Shelter Island, Marina District and North Embarcadero. Also, anyone with a boat has great options to see them. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and will be broadcast live from various locations throughout California. Check more information here.

Saint Louis


Fireworks light up the night sky over the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse as part of the 2019 Independence Day celebration.
Credits: Jeff Roberson/AP

Sunday July 4 | 4th of July Fireworks Show: Missouri’s largest city has an enviable setting for a fireworks display: the Gateway Arch and the mighty Mississippi River.

The Saint Louis Fair says it will be the biggest 4th of July fireworks it has ever produced. The show will begin around 9:40 p.m. The Saint Louis Fair said it hopes “viewers will enjoy the fireworks wherever they can safely watch it, including by streaming live at home with their families or watching from the downtown restaurants and hotels in support of local businesses. Find out more here.


Sunday, July 4 | “A Capitol Fourth” and fireworks: No roundup of the 4th of July celebrations and fireworks shows is complete without a ticket from the nation’s capital.

The 41st annual Capitol Fourth concert, hosted by Vanessa Williams, will be broadcast on PBS, although this year it will be taped as a precaution. It starts at 8 pm.

As for the fireworks, they will be launched at 9:09 p.m. from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. More information: Washington.Org (where to watch) | National Park Service | PBS A Capitol Fourth.

Canceled celebrations

Although the show is back in many cities across the country, some favorites have been canceled for 2021.
Among them are “Lights on the Lake“from Lake Tahoe and”Go 4th on the River“from New Orleans.

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