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With the Fourth of July less than a month away, you may be looking for some great place to watch fireworks. Taking in a spectacle of fireworks on this national day of celebration is as American as apple pie and Chevrolet. Nearly every community, large and small, has its own public pyrotechnics extravaganza, usually in the downtown hubs or in lake and park recreation areas. Below are some of the top places to catch a firework show west of the Mississippi. Check out our other resource on firework shows by state.  But, don’t forget, if you can’t make one of these events, purchasing fireworks from and hosting your own backyard event is a blast too!
Lake Tahoe, CA: Dig your feet in the sand and take in the display that the Today Show recognized as one of the country’s top fireworks shows, at Lake Tahoe, CA. The Lights on the Lake spectacle can be seen from all over town, but it doesn’t get much better than watching fireworks on the beach.
San Francisco, CA: Launching from Municipal Pier and barges out in San Francisco Bay, the fireworks can be seen all along the waterfront. But before the fireworks begin, don’t miss performances by the Air Force Band and local cover bands at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf Fourth of July celebration.
St. Louis, MO: Celebrate July Fourth at “America’s biggest birthday party” under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The day kicks off with a 4-mile and 1-mile run, followed by a parade, air shows, concerts and, of course, fireworks.
Addison, TX: Kaboom Town in Addison, TX, is the largest fireworks display in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with over 1,500 pounds of fireworks. This Texas-sized party has been recognized by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the top 10 fireworks displays in the country. Don’t miss it y’all!
New Orleans, LA: Barges battle on the Mississippi River at Go 4th on the River in New Orleans, with each barge one-upping the other with their extravagant fireworks. The display, set to music provided by the Navy Band, can be seen from many places in New Orleans if you want to avoid the downtown scramble.
Houston, TX: Houston proves that everything is bigger in Texas with the country’s largest land-based fireworks show. Watch the urban skyline sparkle from many vantage spots including along Buffalo Bayou and neighboring parks.