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NEWS/Top Cities Spots to Watch July 4th Fireworks

There are dozens are fireworks displays in cities across the country this Independence Day, so no one has to miss out on the pyrotechnics.  Whether you're at the beach or in the city, check out our list of the top spots to catch a great show and try tribute to our nation's birth. 

CHICAGO: Navy Pier's Independence Day spectacular is now known as the city's largest. Chicago has many great vantage points to take in the show, but anywhere along the shoreline will give you unobstructed views. 
For a more upscale experience, take your viewing party to rooftop. Dec Rooftop Lounge in the Chicago Ritz-Carlton affords great views of the 9:30 p.m. show while you sip on your hand-crafted cocktails.

NEW YORK: 


Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show attracts an estimated three million city viewers each year. Rockets will be launched from barges in the East River, to fly high above the Brooklyn Bridge. 
There are many great places to catch the show in the city, especially if you have a friend with a rooftop view on the East Side. 

WASHINGTON DC: As the nation's capital, Washington receives an influx of tourism around the Fourth. And the fireworks show is one of the biggest draws. 
The National Mall Independence Day Celebration usually lasts around 20 minutes, lighting up the sky and illuminating in the historic Reflection Pool. Or to get away from the crowds, book a spot at Capella's rooftop party.  The Georgetown hotel will offer a barbecue buffet, cocktails and an amazing view of the fireworks display.
This year the show is scheduled to begin at 9:10 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO: Who says the East Coast has all the Fourth of July fun?  
Pier 39 is hosting a full day of music and entertainment with jazz and blues band Mobility and 80's cover band Tainted Love. 
Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be launched from the base of Municipal pier and barges north of Pier 39. 
If you can't make it to the thick of the action, there are other great places to view the show. Stick to the waterfront near Coit Tower, Aquatic Park, the Cannery, and Ghirardelli Square.

BOSTON: The Boston Pops Firework Spectacular is one of Boston's biggest yearly events. Drawing between 500,000 and 800,000 people each year, this is one special place to see the show.
 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.

ATLANTA: Thousands of people flock to downtown Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park to take in the world class concert and spectacular fireworks show. This year, gates open at 6 p.m. and the live show promises to bring high-energy dance and R&B music. There are several great Atlanta-Metro area shows including: Fourth of July at Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead and the Decatur July 4th Celebration with fireworks starting around 9 p.m.

 LOS ANGELES: 


If you find yourself in Southern California during the Fourth, don't despair. The Hollywood Bowl overlook in the Santa Monica Mountains sports great views of the downtown Los Angeles skyline. California isn't California without a trip to the beach. If you want a little sand in your toes while catching some amazing pyrotechnics head to Redondo Beach. Watch the annual spectacular show beginning at 9 p.m. this year. 

 HOUSTON: Have yourself a Texas sized Independence Day at one of the Houston area's many fireworks displays. If you're a country music fan, head straight to Eleanor Tinsley Park for "Freedom Over Texas" on the Fourth. Also you can enjoy ExxonMobil's Star-Spangled Salute put on by the Houston Symphony at Miller Outdoor Theater. Or for something more low-key enjoy City Center Houston fireworks show!

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