October 20, 2017

Best Fireworks Displays (Expert Picks)

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Independence Day is less than two weeks away and if you’re not sure where to go this year to take in the annual fireworks displays, you’ll find loads of resources online to help you narrow down your choices. Here’s a quick round-up of five top-ten lists worth perusing to uncover the most patriotic and awe-inspiring displays nationwide.

  • Road Trips for Families has a great top-ten list of the best fireworks displays this year. They also pulled together a top-ten list in 2010 and 2009 if you want to check out previous picks. Among this year’s choices: La Pointe, WI (everyone gets a great seat and the fireworks reflecting in the harbor are breathtaking) and Louisville, KY (don’t miss the Waterfront Independence Festival).
  • ABC News put together a photo gallery of the best places to see July 4th fireworks. Among the best places are Washington, DC, Boston and San Diego. I’m a big fan of fireworks displays and the pictures of last year’s celebrations are beautiful.
  • Another list of the top-ten July 4th fireworks shows comes from AskMen. They have the usual picks, like Washington, DC and New York, but they also highlight some interesting choices, like Pomona, CA, and the number one pick, New Orleans.
  • Going to a semi-official source, I looked up the must-see fireworks displays as chosen by the American Pyrotechnics Association, the trade group for the fireworks industry. You’ll find more great picks on this list, like Provo, UT and Lake Tahoe, NV.
  • If you’re looking for an ostentatious display of patriotism, here’s a great list from DailyFinance of the most extravagant fireworks displays on July 4. Interesting choices that made the list include Fort Bragg, NC and Nashville, TN. Of course, big cities like Philadelphia and New York also made the list.

Are you planning to watch the fireworks this year? I’d love to hear about some of your favorite fireworks displays that you’ve checked out with your family over the years.

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