American Independence Day calls for family get-togethers, picnics, a short weekend trip and of course, fireworks. It's an American tradition to have a bedazzled sky on the day U.S. won its freedom. As the country celebrates its 240th year of independence, we give you a list of cities where a celebratory firework display resounds with joy, pride and immense patriotic fervour.


The Esplanade is where the crowd gathers for 4th of July fireworks display. However, it tends to be extremely crowded with extra security, lack of space and could very well turn into a nightmare for those who are claustrophobic.

Nevertheless, there are other locations that offer a great view of the fireworks as well. If you're in Boston, then be sure to check out Bunker Hill, Charlestown. Other locations such as the Prudential Tower, Prospect Hill, Somerville and Wright's Tower in Medford offer a view of the city's skyline and might just impel you to flex your photography skills.

If you want to watch the fireworks in the comfort of your home, then you can live-stream it via CBS All Access. The network will air it at 9 p.m. EST.

San Diego

According to various reports, San Diego ranks fourth among cities with a wonderful fireworks display on 4th of July. Some of the best spots include San Diego bay, the Pier, Legoland and the Chula Vista Olympic training centre.

If you can't go these places, then you can watch it Via Fox 5 and NBC News. The fireworks display begins at 8 p.m. EST.

San Francisco

If you're in the Bay Area, then the fourth of July fireworks display could be one of the most thrilling experiences of your life. San Francisco's celebrations on 4th of July extends into several other activities that make for a great outing such as live music and Independence Day exhibits.

Pier 39 is a favourite location for those who'd like to see light shoot up against the Golden Bridge. But if you want this to be a romantic experience, then you could hop on to Blue & Gold Fireworks Cruise, which leaves Pier 41 at 8 p.m.

You could also watch this online via NBC. San Fransisco's local ABC station will also air it live.