PHOTO: Red, White and BOOM (courtesy Red, White and BOOM Columbus Facebook page)
We are fast approaching another Fourth of July, a time to reflect on what the great Americans before us did to serve and propel their country.
America is a proud nation, and the fireworks displays across the United States prove that rather emphatically.
Whether it’s a 26-minute extravaganza that doesn’t receive enough acclaim or an awe-inspiring spectacle in a world-renowned city, there is a variety of stunning fireworks shows to choose from in 2014.
So, as you don your red, white and blue on Independence Day, here are TravelPulse’s top five fireworks shows in America.
Red, White, and BOOM (Columbus, Ohio)
Red, White and BOOM simply hasn’t been talked about enough.
Those who live around the area swear by the fireworks show, but it hasn't gained as much nationwide attention as it should.
The Red, White and BOOM show lasts an impressive 26 minutes (longer than the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York City), and the fireworks will be launched from the iconic Veteran’s Memorial across the Scioto River this year.
Hundreds of thousands of onlookers are expected for the 34th edition of the fireworks display this year. In addition to the fireworks, there will also be local restaurants, food trucks, a parade, a children’s park, and five different stages with live music. Radio station WNCI broadcasts a selection of patriotic stations synchronized to the fireworks.
Oh yeah, and you can skydive two miles above the crowd amid a laser light show.
Perhaps one of the reasons why Red, White and BOOM hasn’t been recognized enough is because organizers schedule the event on July 3.
Then again, organizers of Red, White and BOOM shouldn’t be punished for being good citizens; they deliberately keep July 4 open for the Central Ohio community.
The grand show starts at 10 p.m.
Wawa Welcome America (Philadelphia, Penn.)
This year’s Wawa Welcome America concert/fireworks show lasts a grand total of seven days (June 28-July 4).
The free annual event kicks off with the Liberty Block Party on June 28 at the Shops at Liberty Place, featuring musicians and entertainers from JUNO Award winner Kellylee Evans and “The Voice” contestant Matthew Schuler to the Philadelphia Dance Academy and the cheerleaders of the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.
It ends with the Philly 4th of July Jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., boasting world-renowned artists such as The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande as fireworks soar about the historic Philadelphia Museum of Art.
There’s nothing more authentic than celebrating the Fourth of July at the birthplace of America.
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (Boston, Mass.)
After celebrating its 40th year in 2013, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is back this year and ready to dazzle spectators once again.
The annual event sprang from Boston Pops Orchestra Conductor Arthur Fiedler, who wanted to revive the DCR Esplanade concert series. He came up with the idea of playing Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with howitzer cannons, fireworks and church bells.
The rest was history.
The fireworks show lasts for a good 20 minutes and cost $2.5 million to produce last year. An average of 500,000 to 800,000 people are treated to the spectacle and music each year.
The Boston Pops Firework Spectacular will be streamed live for the first time this year on www.cbsboston.com and www.bostonpopsjuly4th.com from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
National Mall Independence Day Celebration (Washington D.C.)
Of course, July 4th wouldn’t be complete without a celebration in the nation’s capital.
The fireworks for the National Mall Independence Day Celebration cost $255,000 last year and lasted more than 17 minutes, exploding in the night sky and cascading down around the iconic Reflecting Pool.
Those who arrive early will be treated to the best views of the fireworks at the Reflecting Pool and National Mall, but there are still plenty of fantastic viewpoints for everyone else, from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial to West and East Potomac Parks.
National Park Service maintenance employees install roughly 18,000 linear feet of chain link fencing and 14,000 feet of bike racks for the event. About 6,500 shells are used for the fireworks display.
The fireworks launch at 9:10 p.m.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks (New York City, NY)
The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show in New York City celebrates its 38th anniversary this year, an indication of just how successful it has been since taking the Big Apple by storm in 1976.
This year, the fireworks show will take place on the Brooklyn Bridge, bringing back memories from the spectacular display in 1995. The Macy’s fireworks will be launched from barges placed on the lower East River. NBC will be broadcasting the event, and the network claims that the show will “reach new heights of imagination.”
That's quite the statement, considering the fireworks extravaganza featured more than 40,000 shells last year.
More than three million people are expected to watch the 25-minute display, which will include backing music from Enrique Iglesias, Ariana Grande, Lionel Richie, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, The Charlie Daniels Band, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter. Backing vocals will be provided by New York City’s own Essential Voice USA, and the one and only Nick Cannon will host the event.
It all blasts off at 8 p.m. ET.
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