Bristol, RI - July 3
Bristol Harbor Fourth of July Celebration

Since 1785, Bristol, R.I., has hosted the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country. On July 3, fireworks boom over Bristol Harbor starting at 9:30 p.m. Concerts start at 6:30pm. Admission is free.

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Boston, MA - July 4
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
The Esplanade

2013 marks the 40th anniversary of America's most famous Fourth bash. Hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the country to the banks of the Charles River, with another seven million watching it live on CBS TV at 10pm. Catch the local broadcast on WBZ-TV from 8-11pm.

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New York, NY - July 4
Macy's 37th Annual Fourth Fireworks

Drop your jaw at 40,000 bright bangs synced to a soundtrack over the Hudson. Watch live on NBC or brave the city streets. Macy's is teasing a surprise celebrity guest. Before the show, there's the Great Grilling Guru competition, judged by Cat Cora, Marc Forgione and Stephanie Izard.

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Washington, DC - July 4
Fourth of July on the National Mall
National Mall

Monuments from the formation of America play backdrop to an incredible fireworks display launched from the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool. Show stars: 9:10pm. Best views: East Potomac Park, Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials, or National Mall along 14th Street. Also the U.S. Capitol, Roosevelt Memorial, White House Ellipse, West Potomac Park, Anacostia Park, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and the George Washington Memorial Parkway on the Virginia side across the Potomac.

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Philadelphia, PA - July 4
WAWA Welcome America July Jam and Fireworks
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval

The Roots are back in the nation's birthplace for the "Largest Free Concert in America," along with John Mayer, Demi Lovato, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter, J. Cole and Ben Taylor. Fireworks follow the shows. 7-11pm.

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Atlantic City, NJ - July 4
Fireworks at the Borgata
Borgata Hotel

Starting at dusk/9 pm, fireworks descend over the Borgata. Free, open to the public. Viewing area: North Expansion surface parking lot, open at 6pm.

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Pittsburgh, PA - July 4
Central PA 4thFest
University Park, PA

Rated the "third largest, biggest, best" Fourth fireworks show in the U.S., 4thFest takes off at 9:15pm, choreographed to music on 93.7 The Bus.

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Stone Mountain, GA - July 4
Fantastic Fourth Celebration
Stone Mountain Park

Voted the best place to watch fireworks in Atlanta by Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers. For the 46th annual party, Stone Mountain visitors get two shows in one: the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision, followed by a multi-night fireworks finale. Included with $10 daily/$35 annual permit.

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New Orleans, LA - July 4
Go 4th on the River
New Orleans Riverfront

Hit the shores of the Mississippi River for the #5 "must see" Fourth show ranked by the American Pyrotechnic Association. Shells launch from two barges on the river accompanied by patriotic music. Local brass bands and musicians perform all along the river in the French Quarter. Barges go off with a bang at 9pm. Best views either side of the river: Woldenberg Park on the French Quarter side. Or catch Canal Street Ferry to watch from the levee in Algiers Point.

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Atlanta, GA - July 4
Olympic Park Fireworks Spectacular
Centennial Olympic Park

Fireworks will set the sky aglow over Olympic Park, rain or shine. 2013 details TBD.

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Nashville, TN - July 5
Music City July 4th
Riverfront Park

Free music all day from The Band Perry, Keb' Mo', the Nashville Symphony and more.

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Park City, UT - July 3
Park City July 4th Celebration (on July 3)
Canyons Resort

Wednesday, July 3, it's an all-day affair starting at 7am with pancakes followed by concerts and beer. But the fireworks are the centerpiece, going off at dusk.

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Pasadena, CA - July 4
The Rose Bowl Americafest
Rose Bowl Stadium

The 87th annual Pasadena soiree includes SoCal's largest fireworks show at 9pm over the famous Rose Bowl. The 30-minute show is done by the same folks who've put on 'works at the Olympics and numerous NFL Super Bowls. The day-long fest starts at 2pm and includes TNT motorcycle stunts and performances by Mariachi Divas and Kenny G. Tickets: $13; free for kids under 7.

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San Diego, CA - July 4
Big Bay Boom
North San Diego Bay

Last year they called it the Big Bay Blunder. A mistakenly doubled computer command resulted in 500,000 people watching 7,000 pyrotechnics go off all at once, reducing the planned 16-minute show to about 30 seconds. This year, the largest Fourth fireworks event on the west coast will try again with an 18-minute display from four barges set to music on THE WALRUS 105.7FM radio. Check it out from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Go time: 9pm.

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San Francisco, CA - July 4
Along the San Francisco Waterfront

Fireworks shoot over the bay at 9:30pm, with popular viewing spots at Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Golden Gate Park. Angel Island also will be open to the public to view the fireworks -- reserve ferry tickets well in advance.

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Lake Tahoe, CA - July 4
Lights on the Lake

Hailed as one of the top five extravaganzas in the nation by the American Pyrotechnics Association. Festivities from 6-10pm. Fireworks at 9:45pm. Best viewing: South shore from Nevada Beach on Elk Point Road; Regan and El Dorado Beaches.

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Waikoloa, HI - July 4
The Canyons Fireworks
Waikoloa Beach Resort

Take in a 5:15pm concert on gorgeous Big Island, then watch fireworks launch at 8pm over the Waikoloa Bowl.

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Aspen, CO - July 4
Old Fashioned 4th of July

About 20,000 residents and visitors come to see sparklers light up Aspen Mountain. Fireworks at 9:15pm, weather permitting. Best viewing: downtown.

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Addison, TX - July 3
Kaboom Town
Addison Circle Park

Not only is Kaboom Town the biggest Dallas fireworks display, but several major news outlets have rated it one of the top gazers in the country, including USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and The Wall Street Journal. Festivities from 5pm-midnight include the 30-minute blastoff extravaganza, viewable from just about anywhere in Addison. Plus, cool warbird flyovers.

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Houston, TX - July 4
Freedom Over Texas
At Eleanor Tinsley Park

More than 100,000 folks flock to one of the country's largest land-based fireworks displays. Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride headline the music portion of the day, plus guest appearances from fvintage aircraft from the Lone Star Flight Museum, and P-51 Mustang flyovers. The fun goes from 4-10pm. Online tix before June 15 only $5; children under 5 free.

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Edmond, OK - July 4
Liberty Fest
At University of Central Oklahoma

The 10pm fireworks are synchronized to tunes on 90.1 FM KCSC radio. Seating available throughout UCO's campus but not in Wantland Stadium.

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Phoenix, AZ - July 4
Freedom Wireless
At Steele Indian School Park

Free inflatable rides and a "Hurricane Mister"! It all starts at 6pm until the 9:30pm fireworks. Rain or shine.

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Las Vegas, NV - July 4
Fourth With the Phil
The Smith Center
Swoon to the Vegas Philharmonic. If it's super hot, buy a ticket and enjoy from the cool concert hall. Or, kick back outside and listen to the concert tunes piped out into the park. Concert at 7:30 pm, fireworks over the park at 9pm.

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Las Vegas, NV - July 4-6
Caesars Palace

Despite the Vegas Strip being a huge Fourth of July destination, there isn't a regular fireworks display tradition. But usually you can count on at least one major casino/hotel to shoot dazzlers off their roof. Reportedly Caesars will do the honors again this year from atop their Roman Tower (yes, Sat., July 6, not on Thu., July 4) at 9:15pm. Best views are out front at the casino's fountains.

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More in Las Vegas on July 4:

If you don't want to brave the Strip, Station Casinos will be firing bedazzlers at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station and Red Rock Casino Resort at 9pm (on Thu., July 4.) The best viewing spots are...

Green Valley Ranch: backyard pool area
Fiesta Ranch: parking garage rooftop
Texas Station: parking Lot C off Rancho entrance
Red Rock Resort: pool area and amphitheatre
Albuquerque, NM - July 4
Freedom Fourth
Balloon Fiesta Park

The biggest fireworks display in the state of New Mexico shoots off at 9:15pm.

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Columbus, OH - July 3
Red, White and Boom
Riverfront and Arena District

Red, White & BOOM! is held on July 3 so it does not interfere with any of the Central Ohio community firework displays and events on July 4. Celebrate noon-11pm. Fireworks crack at 10pm for 26 minutes. Best views: Bicentennial Park, along Long St., Nationwide Blvd., Washington Blvd. and Genoa Park. Non-downtown: Goodale Park, north of downtown in Victorian Village.

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Chicago, IL - July 4
Navy Pier Fourth of July Fireworks
Navy Pier

During the summer season, Navy Pier pops fireworks on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:30 and 10:15pm, respectively. Gear up for a special Thursday, July 4, edition at 9:30pm. More info: (312) 595-PIER.

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St. Louis, MO - July 4-6
Fair St. Louis

You're invited to "America's Biggest Birthday Party" under the Gateway Arch. The all-day party starts at 7am. Trace Adkins, Bret Michaels, and Counting Crows headline the music. Fireworks nightly after the 8pm concerts.

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Mt. Clements, MI - June 28-30
Stars and Stripes Fest
Freedom Hill County Park

More than 500,000 from the greater Detroit area are expected to turn out for the Stars and Stripes Festival. Technically there are no July 4 fireworks. But you do get them early, on Sunday, June 30 at 10:45pm. The lineup isn't too shabby either: Collective Soul, Cake, Randy Travis, Kool and the Gang, Puddle of Mudd... Plus, camel rides, circus, monster trucks and bike stunts, white tigers and more.

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