The Fourth of July, one of America’s most beloved holidays, means the summer season is in full swing. Warm weather, cookouts, fireworks, and families gathered together can make for the perfect day. Not to mention, there’s no pressure to get anyone a gift, which makes it even better! Wherever you live, chances are your community has a much-loved Independence Day tradition, whether it’s a parade down Main Street, a neighborhood barbecue, or a great fireworks display at night. But a variety of reasons could take you out of town this year, which means missing some of your hometown Fourth of July charm. Although you’ll probably find patriotic festivities at every turn, if you are lucky enough to be in these cities, you’ll be privy to some of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays and celebrations in the country.
- Washington D.C. – It’s no surprise that the nation’s capital makes this list! Hundreds of thousands of people fill the National Mall every July for the 17.5 minute show that can be seen from miles away. The day leading up to the display is action-packed as well with a parade, United States Army Band concert, and Capitol Fourth concert. Guests can also arrive hours early to visit the surrounding monuments.
- New York City– Macy’s 4th of July fireworks are the largest display in the country. Lasting for over 25 minutes and attracting millions of attendees, these pyrotechnics boast over 50,000 effects. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Macy’s show and will be accompanied by a two-hour television special with guests such as Kenny Chesney and Meghan Trainor.
- Boston, Massachusetts – The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular gets national attention as well as one of the most extravagant in the country. Pre-luded during the day by publicly televised countdown and concert, the fireworks display lasts over 20 minutes and can be seen from anywhere along the Charles River. This year’s performers are Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas along with the Boston Pops.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Considered the birthplace of America, Philadelphia boasts one of the largest 4th of July celebrations with its annual Wawa Welcome America event. And don’t worry if you can’t make it on July 4th. This celebration lasts all week long, this year from June 27 to July 4. It includes special museum exhibits, fun runs and 5k races, outdoor movies, concerts, and ends with the fireworks display along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
- Addison, Texas – Independence Day is all about celebrating the underdog, right? So, we’ll close out the list with a small town in Texas about 20 minutes north of Dallas: Addison’s Kaboom Town! The event takes place every July 3 from 5pm to midnight in Addison Circle Park. The day is filled with music and food along with the Addison Air Show. The town of only 15,000 attracts over 500,000 visitors for the event, and the American Pyrotechnics Association has even dubbed it one of the best displays in the U.S.
Whether you’re staying at home or traveling elsewhere, we wish everyone a very happy Fourth of July! You can check out more spectacular fireworks displays here. Be sure to share your holiday pictures with us on Facebook (@mosquitojoe), and tell us how you celebrated. And if you’re the lucky one hosting an Independence Day bash, don’t forget to call your local Mosquito Joe to make sure your yard and your guests are protected against mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks during the festivities.