July 4th fireworks are the highlight of this festive holiday. To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, there are fireworks displays across the country. These shows are not only entertaining but also symbolic of freedom in the United States. Fourth of July fireworks shows are highly anticipated events not only for families but for all Americans. From the smallest towns to the biggest cities, places across the country participate in the tradition of fireworks on a warm summer night. Grab your blanket, pack some snacks, and arrive early to get a good spot for watching the annual fireworks display on America’s birthday.
To many Americans, the best 4th of July fireworks display also includes music. Fireworks shows have become increasingly artistic in recent years, and often a soundtrack has been designed to accompany the different types of fireworks. Depending on who is in charge of the 2016 July 4th fireworks, a soundtrack can include traditional patriotic songs such as the national anthem, “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Some Fourth of July fireworks shows will also include more modern music by artists with a patriotic spirit, or simply a soundtrack that highlights the fireworks.
People have different opinions on what makes the best 4th of July fireworks display. To some, there’s nothing better than a big show in one of America’s cities, such as New York City, the capital Washington DC, Boston, or Chicago. Each of these cities each plans an extensive fireworks display. But they aren’t the only places to encounter a patriotic spirit through fireworks. Many of the smallest towns in America have their own 4th of July fireworks, sometimes sponsored and operated by the local fire department. These local fireworks displays give people in a community the excuse to come together in celebration.
For foreign visitors, the most impressive 2016 Fourth of July fireworks shows will be in the cities. Disney World and Disneyland also both have intricate shows that have been designed complete with soundtracks and sometimes even parades. Some visitors might be surprised to learn that festivities on the 4th of July extend far beyond the fireworks. During the day, traditional celebrations include parades, barbeques, fairs, carnivals, concerts, and picnics. There are also usually events planned for kids, charity events with big-name entertainment, and creative displays of red, white, and blue.
Many towns and cities compete to have the best 4th of July fireworks display. This means that each and every year the fireworks displays become longer, more impressive, and more intricate. Don’t be surprised if a fireworks display lasts longer than 30 minutes, sometimes even up to an hour or more. The celebration usually isn’t over once the fireworks show is complete – for young people especially the 4th of July is a day to party. Many bars and nightclubs will have American themes, so break out an outfit that includes red, white, and blue and keep the celebration going until dawn.