Celebrating Independence Day in the U.S. turns out is a busy holiday, with an estimated 44 million people driving to a destination 50 miles or more from home and 3.8 million traveling by plane. For those people who chose to stay home last year, 15 million watched the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks on television. If you plan to celebrate America’s birthday away from home this year, we suggest that you consider one of these four cities for the ultimate in fireworks displays.
Downtown Celebration – Atlanta, Georgia
Described as one of the best fireworks displays in the South, Atlanta’s annual 4th of July celebration in downtown is a spectacular event. In fact, Atlanta was ranked 6th as the best city to watch fireworks in 2018 by personal finance site WalletHub. Centennial Olympic Park is currently undergoing renovations so the 2018 family-friendly, free event will be held at the International Plaza. This location is also in downtown – a green space located between the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and Philips Arena. The location this year is different, but the quality of entertainment and amazing fireworks display still make this a great city for celebrating the 4th of July.
Macy’s July 4th Fireworks –New York City
Once again Macy’s will host their annual July 4th fireworks with top-notch entertainers. This year’s entertainment includes Keith Urban and Blake Shelton, among many other recognizable names. The 2018 “Golden Mile” moment and climax of the fireworks show salutes the 100th anniversary of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”—to be performed by Kelly Clarkson, accompanied by the West Point Band and Glee Club.
Celebration On The National Mall – Washington, D.C.
There’s perhaps no better place to celebrate America’s birthday than in the nation’s capital! The celebration begins with DC’s annual National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. After the parade, explore monuments and museums until the free Capitol Fourth concert at 8 p.m. Arrive at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol early to grab a great spot. As dusk approaches, fireworks light up sky over the National Mall – scenic in every way.
Pier 39 Fireworks – San Francisco, California
If in San Francisco, enjoy shopping and dining along Pier 39 and groove to the totally awesome sounds of 80’s cover band Tainted Love. Fireworks light up the night sky over the San Francisco Bay at approximately 9:30 p.m. Pier 39 offers amazing 180-degree bay views, making it the perfect spot for watching fireworks by the bay.
From all of us at AMA Executive Conference Centers to all of you, we wish you a safe and happy time celebrating 4th of July this year!