The Best East Coast 4th of July Fireworks Locations

The displays will be epic

July 4th is right around the corner. If you live on the East Coast, or have the opportunity to plan a quick trip to celebrate, head out to one of these fabulous fireworks locations for a holiday to remember. The displays will be epic, the parties will rock, and you and fellow Americans will come together to make the 4th fantastic!

New York City – Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

Macy's www.nydailynews.com

Those in the Big Apple will have Macy's to thank for a showstopping fireworks display along the East River. Rock out with performances from Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Blake Shelton, and more superstars as you gaze into the stars and see a light show that will knock your socks off. As per Trip Savvy, "If you want to secure the best spot, leave early to go to South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the elevated pedestrian sections of FDR Drive." If you can't make it to the live show, tune in to NBC at 8 PM on Wednesday and watch the wonder from home.

Virginia Beach – Stars & Stripes Explosion

Virginia Beach www.vboceanside.com

They say, "Virginia is for lovers," but on the 4th, the love goes towards the lights in the summer sky during the "Stars & Stripes Explosion" in Virginia Beach. Along with the impressive fireworks fun which kicks off at 9:30 PM, you'll enjoy live entertainment and an awe-inspiring oceanfront view. Check out the performance schedule and the best spots to see the spectacular.

July 4th Celebration in Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor acadiamagic.com

The Maine attraction in Bar Harbor this 4th of July will be a full day affair of fun in the sun 'till the fireworks blast at night. According to Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park, "Bar Harbor's Fourth of July has been voted the #1 Fourth of July celebration in America by the Today Show, and recognized by National Geographic as one of the top ten in the U.S." From an early blueberry pancake breakfast with the Rotary Club to athletic events to a craft fair/marketplace to a parade, concerts, seafood fests, and more, this celebration ends with an elaborate fireworks display on the waterfront.

Jersey City 4th of July Experience

Jersey City www.new-jersey-leisure-guide.com

Snoop Dogg will headline Jersey City's Fifth Annual 4th of July Experience for a full day of food, fun, fireworks, and more. A full-scale carnival will delight the kids, the beer gardens will make the adults say "cheers," and over the Hudson River, the "50 Star Fire Show Experience" will end the night with a bang. "Food Truck Alley" on Hudson Street will keep everyone satisfied, with treats from crepes to lobster to tacos to pizza…and so much more. From noon 'till 10 PM, Jersey City will be full of festivities for the whole family.

Saratoga's All-American Celebration

Saratoga Springsalt1057albany.com

The 2-day event (July 3-4) in Saratoga Springs, NY, is sure to be an awesome day – it has been ranked as "one of the top 10 small-town celebrations" by ABC News. Races, parades, BBQs, car shows, rides, and more will liven up the holiday with a patriotic fireworks show to cap off the celebration. Take the family on a historic city tour and be sure to settle in to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence and some live tunes. History, harmony, and one heck of a good time!

Bristol, Rhode Island's Fourth of July Celebration

Bristol res.cloudinary.com

Head to Bristol for a celebration that salutes America and has been since 1785. As per Seven Jet, "Bristol's Fourth of July Celebration is the oldest, continuously running fireworks event in the country." The fireworks will be launched on the 3rd, so come a day early to enjoy the show. While in Bristol, take in the patriotic parades, sporting events, vendors, and more. And if music is what you're after, check out the celebratory concert series line-up here.

Edgartown's Annual Fourth of July Parade, BBQ & Fireworks

Edgartown www.mvtimes.com

Picturesque Martha's Vineyard is a spectacular summer getaway, so head there for the fourth to join in on Edgartown's celebration. The parade is always a timeless tradition, the fresh hot food will be grilling all day, and the fireworks display over Memorial Wharf will start as soon as the sun disappears. Quaint-meets-quite the spectacular!

Have a happy (and safe) 4th!

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