Where to Celebrate 4th of July in the U.S. and Boise Area
There’s no shortage of fun activities to do on July 4th. From neighborhood parades to backyard cookouts with friends and family, Independence Day gives us more fun options than there are hours in the day. For those of us who want to celebrate the holiday with a bang, there’s no bigger bang than a firework show that goes all-out. We’ve rounded up some of the most jaw-dropping displays across the country that will blow you away. You can also see the events happening locally in the Boise area below!
Fireworks Displays in the Treasure Valley
What could be more fun than enjoying a fun day of community celebration, followed by a fantastic fireworks display? Not much! And, the Treasure Valley has a multitude of community events, complete with spectacular fireworks displays to choose from. Some begin before the Fourth of July and some are held after, allowing you to take in several pyrotechnic performances if you desire.
Fireworks Displays on the Fourth of July
Ann Morrison Park – 1000 S Americana Blvd, in Boise. The Idaho Statesman hosts an annual Chalk Art Competition earlier in the day, beginning at 8:00 AM, on the west side of the park. Judging will take place at 4:00 PM. Fireworks take place at dark, approximately 10:15 PM.
Brothers Park – 4099 S. Indiana Ave., in Caldwell. The City of Caldwell is sponsoring a full day of Fourth of July activities at Memorial Park, in Caldwell. The day will include a parade, a pie eating contest, classic car show, and more. The evening will end with a firework display at Brothers Park at dark, approximately 10:15 PM.
Gem Island Sports Complex in Emmett. Gem County puts on a free show on this 57-acre park every 4th of July at approximately 10:20 PM.
Behind the High School – 6870 Stokes Ave., in Melba. The Melba Old Tyme 4th of July celebration begins at 7:00 AM with a two-mile fun run and continues all day with an arts and crafts fair, parade, fairway games, tractor pull, and horseshoe tournament. The day ends with fireworks behind the high school, at dusk.
Storey Park - 205 East Franklin Road, in Meridian. A community event sponsored by the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department and Meridian Speedway. Beginning at 3:00 PM, there will be inflatables and a climbing wall for the kids, as well as live bands and food vendors. Neighboring Meridian Speedway will have races beginning at 6:30. The evening culminates in a firework display at dark, approximately 10:15 PM.
Foote Park – 500 N Middleton Road, in Middleton. Middleton, Idaho is known for its crowd-friendly water fight that takes place on the Fourth of July each year. The day of fun includes a parade at 12 Noon, race at 2:00 PM, and fireworks in the park at dark.
Hunter's Creek Sports Park – 1500 N. Star Rd., in Star. Celebrate Star's Hometown 4th of July beginning with breakfast at Hunter's Creek Park from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM and a parade at 10:00 AM. The fun continues all day with kid's games, a talent show at 6:30 PM, vendors, and live entertainment. Fireworks are at 10:15 PM, with live music continuing after the show.
Fireworks Displays After The Fourth of July
Downtown Eagle – July 6th, in downtown Eagle. The City of Eagle will host the Eagle Fun Days, two days of family-friendly fun in downtown Eagle, centering around Eagle City Hall. On Friday night there will be booths and vendors, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. On Saturday, the fun continues all day with a fun run at 8:00 AM, a custom car show, and a cornhole tournament. The fun culminates in a spectacular firework display at 10:07 PM, on Saturday.
Bernard Fisher Park –201 West Main St., in Kuna. The Kuna Days festival takes place Friday and Saturday the first weekend in August in Kuna at the Bernard Fisher Park. On Friday, the fun will begin at 4:00 PM and continue until 10:00 PM with a kid’s carnival, live music, and a parade. On Saturday, the fun continues from 9:00 AM to 12 Midnight. Fireworks will take place on Saturday night.
1. New York, New York: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
Now in its 43rd year, the nation’s largest fireworks display lights up the night over the East River. This year, fireworks will go off from and near the iconic Brooklyn Bridge while paying homage to the theme of “American cinema.” You can expect to see tributes to the Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Superman and E.T. through a very dramatic score. In the area? There’s no better vantage point than on the water via the Circle Line, Seastreak, or Spirit cruises.
2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks & Concert
Philadelphia lives up to its status as "America's Birthplace" by starting the celebration days ahead of July 4th! There are two firework shows before the big one on Independence Day itself. On the 4th, the city shuts down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway leading up to the Philadelphia Art Museum (where the fireworks will go off overhead) for the biggest “block party” you’ll enjoy. In the hours before the fireworks, you’ll also get to enjoy a concert featuring Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor.
3. Washington, D.C.: Fireworks at the National Mall
Our nation’s capital goes big with a fireworks display illuminating the many significant historical monuments and memorials in the area. Viewing areas include the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials, among others. The best spot may be the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, especially if you arrive early to enjoy the live concert, A Capitol Fourth, put on by PBS. This year includes a salute to the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street and a performance of the 1812 Overture by the National Symphony Orchestra.
4. Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
The nation’s oldest public Fourth of July celebration scores a 20-minute long fireworks display with music by the Boston Pops (this year, they’ll host special guest Queen Latifah). As with other shows, arriving early for a good spot will reward you with even more entertainment — like a 50th anniversary tribute to Woodstock by Arlo Guthrie.
5. Saint Louis, Missouri: Fair St. Louis
The Flaming Lips, Keith Sweat and Brett Young lead the entertainment at “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,” which takes place at the famous Arch. The fireworks show takes place nightly from July 4-6. Over the course of those three days, 15,000 pounds of fireworks will certainly let freedom ring.
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6. New Orleans, Louisiana: Go Forth on the River
There’s nothing quite like New Orleans’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Where else can you see two displays going off at once from dueling barges on the Mississippi River? You can see this show from really any part of town, but the closer you get to the river, the better! For an extra-special night, make a reservation to watch from the New Orleans riverboats: the Creole Queen and the Steamboat Natchez.
7. Dallas, Texas: Addison Kaboom Town!
Located just outside of Dallas, Addison’s annual fireworks display routinely tops “best of” lists (including accolades from the American Pyrotechnics Association). While most fireworks shows go for 20 minutes, Addison's is one of the longest in the nation at 30! If you go, you’re in good company — the town of Addison’s population increases from around 16,000 to 500,000. Just make sure to arrive on the right day: The fireworks go off on the 3rd, not the 4th.
8. Pasadena, California: Americafest
One of Southern California’s largest fireworks display takes place at the Rose Bowl Stadium, where there’s plenty of seating to take in the spectacular scene. If you plan on getting there early — say, 2 pm — you can keep your little ones occupied at the Family Fun Zone held on-site.
9. Las Vegas, Nevada: Fourth of July Fireworks (multiple shows)
The Strip is a sight to see on Independence Day, and it’s not just because of the neon signs and fanciful casino light shows. From Mandalay Bay to Caesar’s, multiple casinos compete with shows and displays. It's up to you to decide which you like best!
10. San Diego, California: Big Bay Boom
If the name of this annual fireworks show rings a bell (and you’re not a local), it might be because of the famous 2012 viral video where all the fireworks in the 18-minute-long display went off in about 12 seconds. It hasn’t happened since, but the spectacle is no less spectacular in comparison.