Firework Displays Near Lake Norman & The US
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 and some local options as well!.
1. Mooresville, NC: Field of Flags
2021, the LOWE’S YMCA and THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF MOORESVILLE/LAKE NORMAN are partnering to host both the annual FIELD OF FLAGS AND JULY 3RD SUMMER CELEBRATION into one awe-inspiring event with live music by Rockie Lynne, over 600 American flags, food trucks, and fireworks. The event is made possible by presenting partners Bestco, HopTown, and the Town of Mooresville.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early to get a good view of the show. For the safety of guests, grills, pets, sparklers and outside fireworks are not permitted. Remote parking and shuttle service from Trinity Baptist Church will be available (221 Ervin Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117).
2. Charlotte, NC: White Water Rafting Center
Fourth of July Celebration - Celebrate the holiday outside at the Whitewater Center. Festivities stretching over two days include live music, multiple yoga practices, and fireworks displays.
3. Huntersville, NC: July Jamboree
Blackberry Farm -
Jam out with fun, food & fireworks at Blackberry Ridge Farm!
We're delighted to have Royal Bliss Brewing Co. returning to pour their refreshing brews from Denver, NC.
Plus, Buzzed Viking Brewing Co. is bringing beer, mead & wine from Concord, NC! Farm Festivities: Local Vendor Market, Live Music performed by Black Coffee Quartet, Food Trucks, Yard Games , Big Kahuna Shaved Ice, Balloon Animals, Kids' Water Activities and Fireworks at 9pm!
Additional Local 4th of July Celebrations
Davidson - Independence Day Celebration - There are no fireworks in Davidson, but residents are invited to celebrate our nation’s independence with a patriotic stroll along South Street to the town green (see details below) and a concert on the green on Sunday, July 4 (6:00). The parade will include a color guard, a fire engine, and lots of patriotic residents.
Huntersville - Birkdale Village - Grab your red, white and blue crew and join us for a 4th of July celebration! Beginning at 10 AM, kids are invited to The Grove to deck their bikes out with festive stars and stripes decor provided by Birkdale Village to get ready for the big parade. At 11 AM, the Huntersville Police Department will lead the kiddos in a Bike Parade starting at the corner of Lindholm and Birkdale Commons Parkway. Riders will weave their way through the property, ending in front of Starbucks around 11:30 AM. After the parade, guests are invited to participate in our annual wet down with the Huntersville Fire Department.
Jaw Dropping Firework Displays Around the US
1. New York, New York: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
Now in its 45th year, the nation’s largest fireworks display lights up the night over the East River. 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.
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 (with special appearances by Jon Batiste, bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and legendary singer Mavis Staples). As with other shows, arriving early for a good spot will reward you with even more entertainment.
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6. New Orleans, Louisiana: Uncle Sam Jam
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.