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In just a few short weeks, the skies over America will light up with colorful displays of pyrotechnics in honor of Independence Day. From big cities to smaller towns, communities from coast to coast pull all the stops to put forward fireworks extravaganzas that are sure to swell your heart with patriotism and pride. Many times these shows are followed up with some do-it-yourself firework fun, you can get all your supplies, from sparklers to overhead artillery shells, at We summed up some great spots to catch fireworks west of the Mississippi in the last post; now here are our suggestions for the other half of the country!
Chicago, IL: It’s the Fourth of July every week at Navy Pier in Chicago, with regular fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night. That’s because it doesn’t get much better than watching fireworks explode over Lake Michigan. Navy Pier offers a perfect view of Chicago’s pyrotechnics. If you’re looking to make your July Fourth even classier, take in the fireworks from a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan.
Atlantic City, NJ: Visible for a 1-mile stretch of the boardwalk and beach from Revel Resort to The Atlantic Club, the fireworks in Atlantic City, NJ, are a show not to be missed. Following the display, a 3-D light show will debut in the Boardwalk Hall facade and will continue every night for the next year
Boston, MA: The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular brings 500,000 visitors to the Charles River for the annual July 4th celebration. Another venue worth checking out many locals argue that the best viewing spot for Boston’s fireworks is across the river in Cambridge.
New York City, NY: New York City offers the country’s largest pyrotechnic show, with fireworks shot from 6 barges along the Hudson River.
New York City, NY: Another New York event is the New York Pops Orchestra and Mormon Tabernacle Choir accompany New York’s display.
Washington, DC: Fireworks launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminate the sky behind the Washington Monument. If you really want to avoid the crowds for Washington, DC, fireworks, book a boat cruise on the Potomac River.
Philadelphia, PA: For the best fireworks viewing in Philadelphia, lay out a blanket along Boathouse Row or in Schuylkill River Park.  The firework show is part of a huge weekend celebration called America’s Birthplace: Philadelphia!