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5 of the Coolest July 4 Fireworks Displays Around The Country

  • Empire State of Mind

    The Empire State Building’s color show makes the Macy’s fireworks display in New York City.

  • Canada Day

    The fireworks display over the Detroit River is part of a joint celebration organized by the Motor City and Windsor, Ontario, in late June that honors both Canada Day and July 4.

  • Fireworks Synced to Live Music

    The display in Nashville, Tennessee, is unique because the fireworks are choreographed to live music by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

  • Big Bay Boom

    Made up of four barges setting off more than 10,000 fireworks, the San Diego spectacle is named one of the five biggest “must-see” fireworks displays to see this year by the American Pyrotechnics Association. A technical glitch in 2012 caused all of the fireworks to go off at the same time. There were no injuries, but the incident did put the event “on the map,” according to the event promo.

  • “Largest Free Concert in America”

    The Philadelphia display hosted by the Benjamin Franklin Parkway bills itself as part of the “largest free concert” in America.

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