Where to watch July 4th fireworks

July 2, 2018 — Written by Andrea Leewong

The Fourth of July is a wonderful holiday for family and friends to spend time together and celebrate our nation’s independence. This year, with July 4th falling on a Wednesday, a lot of families are staying local. To help with holiday planning, we’ve gathered over thirty Fourth of July events across the country (within the 10 cities where we operate) that are recommended by the Opendoor team!

Atlanta

  • Stone Mountain Park
    There will be a week-long series of events happening at Stone Mountain Park to celebrate July 4th. Festivities include family-friendly attractions like a treetop obstacle course, high-flying dog shows, and a nightly laser show and fireworks show.
  • Georgia World Congress Center Authority
    Music lineup includes over 10 artists, including R&B quartet After 7 who is performing with JFly and Friends, Keisha Jackson, Christian Jones and Von Grey.
  • Marietta On the Square
    The Marietta Freedom Parade kicks off this all-day celebration. The parade features marching bands, local organizations and businesses, beauty pageant queens, and much more! After the parade there will be free live entertainment, museum tours, food, arts and crafts, carnival games, and fireworks.

Charlotte

  • WBT SkyShow and Charlotte Knights Baseball
    Baseball and fireworks unite at BB&T Ballpark! There will be arts and crafts activities for the kids, food vendors and live music. If you want to see the fireworks but don’t plan on going to the game or tickets are sold out, the best place to watch fireworks is at nearby Romare Bearden Park.
  • US National Whitewater Center
    This is one of Charlotte’s most popular 4th of July festivals. The two-day festival features yoga, stand-up paddle boarding, music, and fireworks.
  • Queens Landing
    This is a free lakeside event with all day activities such as face painting, juggling, arts and crafts, live music and more. You can also book a sightseeing, dinner or fireworks cruise! There are also many other places along Lake Norman where you can enjoy the fireworks.

Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Kaboom Town
    Addison’s Kaboom Town is the biggest fireworks show in North Texas and has been a tradition for over 30 years. There will be lots of food, live music, carnival rides, local retailers, an air show, and an amazing fireworks display. Over 400,000 people are expected to attend!
  • Red, White & Boom
    Enjoy live music, family activities, and great food along the Ron Kirk Bridge (formerly the Continental Avenue Bridge) and Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Attendees will enjoy a beautiful view of the Downtown Dallas skyline, lit up by a brilliant fireworks display.
  • Fort Worth’s Fourth
    Come to the Panther Island Pavilion to take part in a day of live music and free family activities along the Trinity River. Activities include tubing, bounce houses, face painting, zipline, horseback riding, mini golf, action-packed shows and live bands on the only waterfront stage in Texas.
  • Fair Park Fourth
    Enjoy live music, water features and access to rides, games and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway. All of the regular attractions at Fair Park, such as the Texas Discovery Gardens and the Children’s Aquarium, will be open to the public. Throughout the afternoon, there will be live entertainment until fireworks start in the evening.

Nashville

  • Let Freedom Sing! Music City Celebration
    This event draws hundreds of thousands of people every year and is one of the best July 4th events in the country. This year’s musical lineup includes singer Chris Janson, singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas, singer and Grammy-winning producer Shannon Sanders, with Lady Antebellum headlining!
  • Acme Feed & Seed
    Acme Feed & Seed creates a unique atmosphere that honors the character of Nashville’s past, present and future. Check out live music, cocktails, rooftop dinner buffet and a fireworks display in 22,000 square feet of entertainment space.
  • Hot Chicken Festival
    The festival is in its 12th year, bringing together locals and visitors who love this uniquely Nashville dish. Stick around for The Fire Truck Parade, Hot Chicken vendors, amateur cooking competition, and live music from local bands.

Orlando

  • Fireworks at the Fountain (Lake Eola)
    Come to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando to celebrate Independence Day with Mayor Buddy Dyer. The event includes kids activities, food vendors, live music, beer garden, and of course, a fireworks display.
  • Red, Hot & Boom
    One of the largest July Fourth celebrations in Central Florida, the event is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors. Now in its 23rd year, the event will bring together live music, mouthwatering food and tons of fireworks. Artists scheduled to perform this year include Echosmith, Alyssa Raghu, Lauv and Logan Henderson.
  • Star Spangled Sanford
    Visitors will enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Lake Monroe. There will be live music throughout the afternoon from Kayonne Riley Downtown Trio, The Vision Group, and Whyte Tyger.

Phoenix

  • Tempe Town Lake Festival
    This festival features delicious food and desserts, live music, local vendors and an inflatable village for the kids. Don’t miss one of the best fireworks shows in Metro Phoenix!
  • Lake Pleasant
    Valley residents can spend the day boating, swimming in the lake or enjoying a picnic in the shade. Fireworks can be viewed from almost anywhere in the park but our team recommends parking and watching from the car at Scorpion Bay or 10 Lane Boat Ramp.
  • 4th of Zooly at the Phoenix Zoo
    The Phoenix Zoo’s annual event includes a BBQ lunch, special animal exhibits, inflatable bounce house and slide, free carousel rides for the kids and music. It ends with a special viewing of the Tempe Town Lake fireworks from the back of the facility.
  • Westgate Firework Fest
    This event will have two music stages, a water zone and splash pad, family entertainment and great food from over 20 local restaurants. The fireworks show starts at 9pm and the event is free and open to the public.
  • Tumbleweed Park
    The city of Chandler presents their annual Independence Day festival and fireworks. The Arizona State Fair will be at the event with games and activities (coloring, corn hole, photo booth, etc). The School of Rock Sugar Skulls, teen musicians from all over the Valley, will be performing.

Raleigh-Durham

  • Durham Bulls Athletic Park
    The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will take on Chinese Taipei on July 4 and 5, with dynamic fireworks shows following the games. Baseball and fireworks have always been a classic, all-American combination!
  • Festival for the Eno
    There will be over 70 bands on 5 stages and tons of local food vendors at the Festival for the Eno. This music and arts festival, celebrating its 39th year, is held as a benefit for the Eno River Association, in order to protect the natural resources of the Eno River and its watershed for future generations.
  • Chapel Hill Celebration at Kenan Stadium
    The event features a live performance by the popular cover band RadioJacks, a watermelon eating contest, food trucks, face painting, spin art, a photo booth, and more. The fireworks will start promptly at 9:30 pm.
  • Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    The event will feature musical performances by the Cary Town Band and the NC Symphony. There will also be various family-friendly games and activities, such as a scavenger hunt, magicians, and a Ferris Wheel. Admission is free.

San Antonio

  • Woodlawn Lake Park
    This is one of the biggest and best July Fourth parties in town. The event will feature the Firecracker Fit-Family Walk/Run around the lake, carnival games and rides, face painting and other activities for the kids. Musical acts include the US Air Force Band of The West and local Selena Tribute Act, Bidi Bidi Banda.
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden
    The San Antonio Botanical Garden is a perfect spot to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family. Celebrate on the lush grounds of the Garden with picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
    This popular multi-day event has everything a family needs for a great visit to the park: exclusive ride times, fireworks for five nights in a row, festive foods, and more!

San Francisco

  • Fisherman’s Wharf and Aquatic Park
    The event will bring together street performers, local attractions, live music and fireworks (barring any fog). The fireworks barges will be located in San Francisco Bay, but you can also watch from Marina Green, Crissy Field, Ghirardelli Square or any other hill in the city.
  • Angel Island
    Leave the crowds behind and enjoy the fireworks from Ayala Cove on Angel Island. Enjoy live music, food and drinks and of course, a scenic ferry ride!
  • Berkeley Marina
    Head over the Bay Bridge and stay all day for live entertainment, food and fun games for the kids. Activities include Adventure Playground, photo booth, kite flying, pony and carnival rides, face painting, and an inflatable jumping area

Tampa

  • Downtown Tampa Riverwalk
    There will be food vendors and live music all along the Riverwalk. Fireworks will take place in the harbor in front of the Tampa Convention Center. Note that the fireworks are traditionally held at Channelside Bay Plaza, but due to construction, a new location was selected for 2018.
  • St. Pete Beach
    The City of St. Pete Beach is a barrier island community located just off the Pinellas County mainland of Saint Petersburg, just south of Treasure Island, and 20 miles from Clearwater Beach. The city will host their annual fireworks display, launched from Upham Beach.
  • Bayfront Park
    Perhaps the area’s biggest event of the holiday, “America’s Birthday Bash” will take over downtown Tampa’s Bayfront Park and Marina accompanied by a spectacular fireworks show over Sarasota Bay starting at 9:30 p.m. For prime viewing of the fireworks, you can make reservations at Marina Jack’s.
  • Steamship “American Victory”
    This holiday family festival features dancing to music by DJ Ian Paul, a kids’ zone, face painting, games, arts and crafts and fireworks viewing from the deck of the historic World War II merchant steamship “American Victory”.

We wish you a happy and safe 4th of July!