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Jul. 2 2010 - 7:59 pm | 628 views | 2 recommendations | 2 comments

Searching for the biggest, best Fourth of July fireworks displays

NYC Fourth of July, 2009 - 20

Image by Ed Yourdon via Flickr

If you’re looking for the biggest, best Fourth of July fireworks, I found a really wild website.

It’s called the Fireworks Display and Shows Worldwide Guide, and once you get over the garish colors, layout and goofy graphics, it’s got a ton of information.

I went straight to the 10 Largest, Biggest, Best 4th of July Fireworks category, and here are their top ten selections:

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks – New York City
July 4th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
Central PA 4thFest – State College, PA
Welcome America! Philadelphia
A Capitol Fourth – Washington DC
Family 4th at Lake Union – Seattle*
Go 4th on the River – New Orleans
Fair St. Louis – Ohio
Lights on the Lake – Lake Tahoe
Freedom Over Texas – Houston

* The website listed Seattle’s display as the WaMu Family 4th. That was the name of the celebration until the sale of Washington Mutual to Chase. And when Chase didn’t want to sponsor the fireworks anymore, a grassroots effort to save Seattle’s Fourth of July fireworks resulted in a 24 hour-blitz where $500,000 was raised from both corporations and people in the community. You can read more about the down-home campaign in an article I wrote on my Seattle Travel Examiner site.

But the rockets red glare isn’t happening in a lot of cities this year, as reported in this CNN article Dark skies: No 4th of July fireworks here.


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    Wow. I am a fireworks fanatic (only the big ones!), I used to get a license to buy professional class B fireworks but can’t afford them anymore- that web sight is a keeper for me, thanks Sue :)

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    Yeah, once I got over being blinded by the site (!), I discovered that it’s fairly comprehensive. Some of the titles for the Fourth of July shows weren’t exactly spot-on, so I corrected those. But for fanatic fireworks folks like yourself, it’s a treasure trove! Happy 4th (I’ll be watching Setatle’s on TV … don’t want to hassle with the traffic and crowds!).

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