Where You Should Spend This Fourth of JulyJune 19, 2019
In 1777, on the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania celebrated the historic day with fireworks (possibly because of John Adams’ suggestion of “bells, bonfires, and illuminations”), thus beginning an annual tradition that has only grown in the 200 years since then.
With an estimated 14,000 fireworks displays throughout the country firing off some 24.5 million pounds of explosives, there is no holiday quite like the Fourth of July.
So, this year, let Aircraft Services Group help you celebrate your freedom by taking you to one of these delightful, patriotic, “oohs and ahhs”-worthy destinations — in the most convenient, most comfortable way possible:
With almost 3 million visitors from all over the world, Boston’s Fourth of July festival is the largest in the United States.
The 200+ gala events include Revolutionary War reenactments, speeches, walking tours of the Freedom Trail, and, most famously the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade next to the Charles River in the historic Hatch shell:
The finale, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, ends with real cannon fire and church bells ringing throughout the city. After the concert, the fireworks, which launched from seven barges in the middle of the Charles River, begin.
Enjoy the show from either side of the river, or from one of many rooftop locations in the city.
It’s not surprise that our nation’s capital is a fantastic place to celebrate Independence Day.
Festivities start with the annual free Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall (from June 29 to July 4), which features concerts, dances, and a near endless amounts of food. But, in between gorges, don’t miss out on the opportunity to swing by the National Archives, which houses the original Declaration of Independence, and the litany of (free!) Smithsonian museums.
On the day of the fourth, head for the steps at Constitution Avenue for the Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony — a dramatic reading of the document by reenactors portraying historical characters, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abigail Adams, and John Hancock — then enjoy the National Independence Day Parade featuring fife and drum corps, military servicemen and women, floats, VIPs, equestrian, drill teams, and giant balloons.
Then, that night, find a patch of grass of the National Mall and take in one of the most spectacular fireworks shows you’ll ever get to witness.
National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst has promised that “this year’s Independence Day fireworks show will be [even] bigger and longer than previous years.”
Upward of 100,000 people, some on land and some on see, gather in Tahoe South ever year to bask in its 25-minute long Lights on the Lake show.
There, they can watch the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi bounce off the reflection of the still waters of the largest alpine lake in North America with the humbling Sierra Nevada mountains in the background; making this destination one of the most pastoral options one could choose when celebrating the holiday:
Head to areas like El Dorado Beach, Timber Cove Marina, or Nevada Beach State Park (a fantastic place for BBQing and BYOBing) for some of the best views. Or book a night on one of the lake’s popular cruises operated by Tahoe Cruises or Lake Tahoe Cruises.
Just make sure to tune into KRLT-FM 93.9 or KOWL-AM 1490 for some bumping patriotic tunes.
New Orleans is obviously known for its raucous holiday celebrations, but their Fourth of July “Go 4th on the River” bash ranks among one of its rowdiest.
The Port of New Orleans brings out the General Roy S. Kelley fireboat for a famed water show that boasts with red, white, and blue fountains, then vintage victory bands pierce the Big Easy night in advance of one of the most unique fireworks displays you’ll ever see, with dueling barges on the Mississippi River attempting to outdo one another with unfathomably dazzling pyrotechnic synchronized to the music.
Best spots for viewing the “Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza” include Woldenberg Park, the Moon Walk, or across the river in Algiers. Or you can treat yourself to a cruise on the Creole Queen or the Steamboat Natchez. Then swing by Crescent Park for a DJ dance party, food trucks, and all the cocktails you can consume.
Joyeux Jour de l’Indépendance!
NEW YORK CITY
It’s no wonder spectators flock from all corners of the world to New York City to see the Macy’s 4th of July Firework show.
Launched along the East River in Midtown Manhattan, its fireworks display seems to outdo itself every single year, with over 60,000+ shells used for the nearly 30-minute show that usually includes several never-before-seen pyrotechnic effects and which can be seen everywhere from Williamsburg and the Greenpoint waterfronts to FDR Drive.
A New York Police Department helicopter flyover and Fire Department of New York water boat show formally kick off the celebrations, then the four barges stationed near Midtown and one double-barge positioned south of the Brooklyn Bridge takeover the night sky with the United States’ largest display of Independence Day fireworks; an awe-inspiring reminder that there’s a reason the Big Apple was the country’s original capital.
Before the event, take the chance to head to Coney Island for the day to gawk at the infamous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. But for you night owls, think about hitting up Freedom Fest, a nighttime celebration that takes place on Pier 15 in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. Tickets may be a little pricey at $129 a pop. However it includes views of the fireworks, one patriotic DJ, an open bar, and a BBQ buffet including burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sliders, and of course, chicken wings.
Nashville’s “Let Freedom Sing!” may be a two-day long, citywide party that involves a bounty of free concerts by some of country’s biggest stars, hours of late night dancing, and more than a few packed bars on Broadway Street. However, Music City also takes their fireworks just as seriously as they do their reveling.
Clocking in at over half an hour, their fireworks show is set to live music performed by the Nashville Symphony stationed at the Ascend Amphitheater and involves more than 35,000 pounds of explosives.
And this year its organizers are promising the most “powerful” finale yet.
After you’re done being amazed, head to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Stage, or Legends Corner.
Or all three!
Bristol, Rhode Island’s nickname is “America’s most patriotic town” because of one, specific thing: it boasts the nation’s oldest Fourth of July celebration.
The official and historic celebration, officially known as “Patriotic Exercises,” was established in 1785 by Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and Veteran of the Revolutionary War. Beginning on Flag Day (June 14), it entails weeks of free outdoor concerts at Independence Park, Orange Crate Derby races, a firefighters’ muster, the Drum & Bugle Corps Show, and the Fourth of July Ball.
The Celebration concludes on July 4th with “The Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade,” which is viewed by over 200,000 people from across the state, and a beautiful fireworks show over the Bristol Harbor.
The best views are enjoyed from Independence Park or a spot on the harbor itself.
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Safe travels and happy Fourth of July!