For many of us, summer is the best time of the year, and July 4 th is one of the high points.
We can contemplate the birth of our democracy by consuming enormous quantities of hot dogs and potato salad, washed down with a domestic craft beer. While picnics are certainly one of the best things about the holiday, no July 4 th is complete without a massive fireworks display. Here are a few of the best in the country.
Macy’s annual display in New York City is the biggest in the country, and incorporates more than 50,000 effects in a 25-minute blaze of sparkling color. This year, the fireworks will be launched from both the Brooklyn Bridge and a flotilla of five barges on the East River between 23rd and 37th Streets. Watch from anywhere with a view of the East River. In Manhattan, try the South Street Seaport or anywhere along the FDR. Brooklynites can watch from Brooklyn Bridge Park or the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, while in Queens the best view will be along the waterfront in Long Island City.
Another obvious destination for a fabulous display is the National Mall in Washington D.C. You’ll want to arrive early to find a spot on the Mall, and it’s probably worth your while to take a picnic and settle in for the long haul. What could “spark” more patriotic fervor than watching fireworks bursting over the reflecting pool in front of the Washington Monument? For maximum effect, try nabbing a seat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
If you’re on the West Coast, head for the Big Bay Boom in San Diego. IN 2012, the display was particularly spectacular as the entire 18-minute display was accidentally set off at once. Oopsie. But that’s hardly the norm, and this year fireworks will be launched from four barges spread throughout the bay. Watch the show from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, the Marina District, Seaport Village/South Embarcadero and the Coronado Ferry Landing.
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The Best 4th of July Fireworks in the USA | CNN