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With a packed cooler and a lawn chair in tow, it’s time for Independence Day explosions. We’ve got 10 of firework shows you won’t want to miss. It’s not all about the size and cost of the shows — We’ve rounded up our favorites, including a few small-town American spectacles.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the fireworks shows. This year, the city of Bedford, Texas is celebrating its 60th anniversary with fireworks and a giant cake. Photo: 5currantbuns.blogspot.com
Mount Vernon, Virginia
The daytime fireworks display in Mt. Vernon, Virginia uses colorful trails of smoke to create beautiful explosions in broad daylight. The gorgeous spectacle is hosted at George and Martha Washington’s estate. Photo: Mountvernon.org
How do you make a fireworks show even more spectacular? Add lasers. The nerd in all of us wants to see this show at the “Stone Mountain Lasershow Spectacular” in Atlanta, Georgia.
The combination of a county fair and a fireworks display is saturated with Americana. Here, fireworks explode behind a Ferris Wheel in Pleasanton, Calif. at the Alameda County Fair. Photo: Blogs.sacbee.com
Florida Keys, Florida
Towns up and down the Florida Keys host fireworks shows that viewers watch from the leisure of their party boats. Photo: Hurricaneharbor.blogspot.com
Capitan, New Mexico
The Village of Capitan, New Mexico, celebrates the 4th with an old-fashioned rodeo, followed by a fireworks show. Photo: Facebook.com
It’s as American as apple pie. We’d love to check out the emblematic fireworks in Washington, DC with monuments lit up in the background. Photo: Usapics.net
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
The tiny 1,300-person town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware grows to a crowd of 100,000 because of its famed beach fireworks show. Photo: Downtownrehoboth.com
We can’t imagine anything more enjoyable than watching a fireworks show framed by palm trees in the 50th state, Hawaii. Every year, Ala Moana Center hosts the biggest display on the islands. Photo: Obrhi.com
New York, New York
The Macy’s Fireworks Show is the biggest patriotic pyrotechnics event in the country. This year, Usher “curates” the event by planning the music and timing the bright explosions. Photo: Eventbrite.com