Best Places To Watch the 4th of July Fireworks Around the South

Each year, the Fourth of July brings barbecue, music, and some of the best and brightest fireworks displays to skies all over the South. We have rounded up a few of the best places to see jaw-dropping Southern fireworks this summer.

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Grab a picnic blanket and settle in for one of these firework shows, because it will be a night to remember.

Birmingham’s Thunder on the Mountain Fireworks Show is a hometown favorite. For decades, this fireworks show has been lighting up the night above Birmingham’s storied iron monument, Vulcan. Vulcan Park closes at 6 p.m., and because fireworks are launched from the park, visitors are encouraged to find a spot in the neighborhoods of Homewood, Vestavia Hills, or Mountain Brook to watch the show.
Plan your trip to Birmingham, Alabama.

Enjoy your fireworks riverside in Savannah, Georgia at the River Street Fourth of July Celebration. Live music, family activities, and plenty of great seafood abounds on the shore of the Savannah River. Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket, and grab a prime spot along the riverfront to watch the fireworks display, which begins at 9:30 p.m.
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The skies over the historic New Orleans Riverfront glow with holiday flares each year during the Go 4th on the River Independence Day Celebration. This event features the annual Dueling Barges Fireworks Display over the Mississippi River, in which fireworks explosions are choreographed to patriotic songs. Be sure to bring your radio to the riverfront, and tune in to hear the music and see the show.
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New Orleans, Louisiana.

South Carolina
Want to spend Independence Day on a historic warship? Patriots Point, home of the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, hosts their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Blast this year and invites participants to board the USS Yorktown and enjoy live music and an unforgettable fireworks show. Be sure to purchase a ticket if you want to join the onboard festivities, but it is free to enjoy the show from land nearby.
Plan your trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

Nashville is the place to be for great music and Fourth of July fireworks. Sheryl Crow is headlining this year’s Music City July 4th Celebration, plus a host of other guests and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Between the free concert, family events, and enormous fireworks display, there is something for everyone in Music City this Fourth of July. You won’t want to miss this one.
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Enjoy fireworks in San Antonio at Woodlawn Lake Park. The festivities last all day and include live music, a 1K, a 5K, great food, and a parade. Once the sun goes down, settle in for the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza. Also check out Freedom Fest at Market Square. Historic Market Square hosts three days of live music and family activities leading up to the Fourth of July, so enjoy the events around the city, and don’t miss Woodlawn Lake’s evening fireworks.
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If you’re in the area, don’t miss Norfolk’s Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks. The Waterfront Fireworks Display begins at 9:30 p.m., but if you get there early, you can hear performances by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band as well as the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors.
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