Fourth Of July, also known as the Independence Day of America, is observed on July 4 every year. The day is a national holiday celebrating the country’s declaration from British rule. Independence Day in the United States of America is celebrated to honour the country’s history pay tribute to the principles of freedom and democracy and gratitude towards citizens’ liberties. People across the USA celebrate the Fourth of July with great enthusiasm and fervour. They visit iconic places to experience fireworks, parades, BBQs, etc. In the previous year, approximately 14,000 fireworks displays lit up the sky. If you’re wondering where to watch the events around US Independence Day 2024, we LatestLY have curated the best places to enjoy Fourth of July 2024 fireworks and parades with your family and friends. From the iconic Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks to the National Independence Day Parade in DC, we bring you a guide to enjoying the Fourth of July celebrations. Fourth of July 2024 Date, History and Significance: Everything You Should Know About the US Independence Day Celebration.

From coast to coast, cities and towns come alive with patriotic festivities, offering something for everyone. Here are the best places to visit and enjoy some of the best Fourth of July events across America.

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, New York

New York City hosts one of the most famous Fourth of July celebrations, The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks. The special event features a spectacular display over the East River, with fireworks launched from barges positioned by famous artists. The show is synchronised with patriotic music and performances by popular artists. Some favourite areas include Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, with the best views from Brooklyn Bridge Park and the East River Esplanade. In Brooklyn, the nation’s bravest bellies gather at Coney Island for Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Contest, followed by a Cyclones baseball game and an evening firework show. In Staten Island, the tiny town of Travis is adorned with stars and stripes for a historic parade dating back to 1911.

National Independence Day Parade, Washington DC

Washington, the nation’s capital, celebrates National Independence Day with a parade and the ‘A Capitol Fourth’ concert. The parade features patriotic floats, military units, and performers marching along Constitution Avenue. A breathtaking fireworks display over the National Mall culminates the evening. The fireworks are set against the backdrop of iconic monuments like the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. Moreover, the event is broadcast live, allowing nationwide viewers to join the celebration. July 2024 Festivals, Events and Holidays Calendar: Jagannath Ratha Yatra, Fourth of July and Guru Purnima – Complete List of Important National and International Days and Dates in July. 

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Massachusetts

Known as the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Boston’s Fourth of July is one of the oldest and most popular in the country. The event occurs at the Charles River Esplanade and showcases a concert by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Magnificent fireworks follow the concert show over the river. The combination of music and fireworks creates an unforgettable experience, drawing crowds every year.

Wawa Welcome America Festival, Philadelphia

Philadelphia hosts a series of Fourth of July events as the birthplace of American independence. The Wawa Welcome America Festival includes concerts, outdoor movies, historical reenactments, and more. The festival culminates with stunning fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art, preceded by a free concert by famous musicians. Independence Hall and the Liberty Ball are must-visit sites during the celebration. On July 4, check out the Salute To Independence Day parade, which will take place at 11:00 AM in Carpenters’ Hall, the National Historic Landmark home of the First Continental Congress.

San Francisco Bay Area Fireworks, California

Fourth of July celebrations in San Francisco take place at Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, offering a day of family-friendly activities, live music and entertainment. The highlight is the fireworks display over San Francisco Bay, with the best viewing spots at Aquatic Park, Pier 39 and the Marina Green. The unique location provides a picturesque view with the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island in the background.

Chicago’s Navy Pier, Illinois

Chicago’s Navy Pier is considered the epicentre of the city’s Fourth of July festivities. Events such as music, family activities, and food vendors with their delicious food items take place here. A spectacular fireworks display over Lake Michigan is synchronised with music, creating a mesmerising show. Other great spots include Millennium Park and along the lakefront.

Let Freedom Sing! Nashville, Tennessee

This place offers a unique Fourth of July celebration with “Let Freedom Sing!” This event features a concert by the Nashville Symphony at Ascend Amphitheater, followed by one of the largest fireworks displays in the country. The show synchronises with live music, providing a true Music City experience. Downtown Nashville becomes a festive hub with food trucks, activities, and performances throughout the day.

Fourth of July is the time for Americans to unite and celebrate their independence with spectacular fireworks, parades, concerts and others. Whether you’re looking for a grand show in a major city or a charming celebration in a small town, there’s a Fourth of July event for everyone to enjoy across America. So pack your blankets and flags and get ready to celebrate Independence Day in style!

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