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Independence Day Fireworks
Discover Boating names America’s Top In-Water Destinations for July 4 Fireworks Displays
With peak boating season underway, one of the most popular boating holidays of the year is also on the horizon – Independence Day. Many of the approximately 71 million American boaters will mark the Independence Day holiday aboard a boat. Likewise, millions of Americans from coast to coast will search for the best spot to check out their local fireworks display. In an effort to combine these two American pastimes, Discover Boating, a national boating public awareness program, has identified 10 of the top on-water destinations to view some of the country’s most elaborate fireworks displays.
Topping Discover Boating’s list of the “best viewed from a boat” fireworks display locations are:
- Boston: Relax on the Charles River as the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra provides a live soundtrack for the patriotic celebration. A tradition since 1930, this fireworks extravaganza is broadcast live across the nation for everyone to enjoy. (July 4, 8:30 p.m., Charles River Esplanade)
- Chicago: Join family and friends aboard a boat as the skies above Lake Michigan and Chicago’s infamous skyline are illuminated with serenading from the Grant Park Orchestra and U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants. (July 3, 9:30 p.m., Monroe Harbor)
- Houston: Everything\’s bigger in Texas, and the Fourth is no exception with Chevy\’s Freedom Over Texas Festival. The largest pyrotechnic show over land and this festival is Texas\’ most watched event, with an audience of over one million. Catch the best views from Eleanor Tinsley Park or via boat on the White Oak and Buffalo Bayous. (July 4, 9:30 p.m., Eleanor Tinsley Park)
- Kodiak, AK: Miles away from the big-city celebrations, Chiniak Bay is a picture-perfect spot for a stunning fireworks display. At midnight on July 3, fireworks over the bay kick-off Kodiak\’s Independence Day celebration and the best views are aboard a boat. (July 3, 12 midnight, Chiniak Bay)
- Lake Tahoe, Calif.: South Shore\’s spectacular fireworks celebration is a highlight of boating season in Lake Tahoe. Ranked by many as one of the top fireworks displays in the nation, hundreds of boats take to the water directly under the fireworks. (July 4, 9:30 p.m., Edgewood and Lakeside Beach)
- Milwaukee: Each July 3, thousands gather along the Lake Michigan shoreline to watch the U.S. Bank fireworks show, but being aboard a boat for the display provides an unmatched panoramic view. (July 3, 9:30 p.m., Veterans Park)
- New Orleans: With its annual celebration "Go 4th on the River," the Mississippi Riverfront is the busiest place in town to celebrate the Fourth of July. When the Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza begins, the best view of the show is from the water. (July 4, 9 p.m., Riverwalk)
- New York City: With over 35,000 pyrotechnic shells in a half-hour display, Macy\’s dazzles viewers each year with its patriotic spirit and annual spectacular. With fireworks launched from two East River locations as Mariah Carey accompanies the show, anchored in the East River is sure to be the best seat in the house. (July 4, 9 p.m., East River)
- San Diego: Three floating barges – located off Shelter Island, Harbor Island and the North Embarcadero area – launch fireworks simultaneously for 20 minutes. San Diegans float their boats in the harbor while watching the fireworks show and taking in the illuminated San Diego skyline. (July 4, 9 p.m., North San Diego Bay)
- Seattle: As daylight turns to dusk, hundreds of boats – ranging from kayaks to mega-yachts stake out their spots just offshore for the show. As part of tradition, when the fireworks celebration comes to an end, the boats sound their horns in appreciation of the show. (July 4, 10 p.m., Gasworks Park)