The Best 4th of July Fireworks in Every Southern State
Salute the red, white, and blue with the South’s best fireworks in every Southern state from Florida to West Virginia to Texas. Southerners are just about as patriotic as they come, which means it's not surprising that some of the country’s most spectacular 4th of July fireworks are found in our own hometowns. Whether you’re staying put or traveling this year, let this be your guide to the best places for catching the big show on Independence Day 2017. Before making your plans, be sure to do some research. Check out official information on the fireworks festivities you want to attend to ensure there hasn’t been a last-minute cancellation or rain-check. You'll also want to verify admission fees and whether you can bring blankets, chairs, or your own food and beverages.
Thunder on the Mountain 2017
Vulcan Park and Museum
Rain or shine Birmingham will come alive with one of the state’s largest fireworks displays. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and can be spotted from neighborhoods across the city including Homewood, Vestavia, Mountain Brook, and downtown.
Shoals Spirit of Freedom Celebration
This is an all-day celebration with food, music, and family activities, culminating in one of the South’s largest fireworks shows.
The City of Gulf Shores Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
Gulf State Park Pier
If you’ll be on the coast, check out the fireworks in Gulf Shores. Admission is free.
4th of July Fireworks Celebration
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The Rocket Center is free to children ages 12 and under on July 4th. The museum closes at 5 p.m, but don’t go far. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Gates open at 5 p.m. If you want a front-and-center experience, purchase tickets to Fireworks on the Fantail. Tickets run $50 for adults and $20 for children and include VIP parking. Climb aboard for barbecue, drinks, entertainment, and a front row seat to the city’s epic celebration.
Fireworks over Lake Martin
Lake Martin Ampitheater
Fireworks begin at dark in the Kowaliga Bay area of Lake Martin.
An Evening at Orchards Park Fireworks
Music begins at 7 p.m. with the Fayetteville Funk Factory followed by the Arkansas Winds Orchestra. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.
Independence Day Fireworks at Lake Ouachita
Mountain Harbor Resort
The festivities kick off at 9:30 a.m. with the Fourth of July Wheeler Parade, which includes anything that rolls like jeeps, golf carts, UVS’s—you name it). Stick around for the flag raising ceremony. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Annual Pops on the River
River market Pavilions and Riverfest Ampitheater
The fun starts at noon and continues until the grand finale around 10 p.m.
July 4th Celebration on the Riverfront
Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with live music, rides, games, historical reenactments, crafts, and much more. The Delaware celebration wouldn’t be complete without a crab feast, but guests can choose from an assortment of various food and drink vendors as well. Fireworks begin at dusk.
4th of July Fireworks at the Biltmore
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with an open bar, but things will really get going around 6 with the Stars and Stripes BBQ Dinner. Stick around for the main show—fireworks, of course—at 9. General admission is $180 for adults and $50 for children 12 and under.
Red, White and Baytowne
Come at 6 p.m. for lawn games, inflatables, face painting, and balloon animals. There’ll be bive music by Donovan Keith and the Funky Feat at 7. Fireworks begin at 9:15.
City of Jacksonville 4th of July Celebration
Fireworks go off from both the Acosta Bridge and the barge on the St. Johns River. Watch from Jacksonville Landing for live music, food, and drinks.
Coca-Cola presents Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival
The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with yoga. Food trucks pull up at 11 a.m. and live music starts at noon. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
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Annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration
Stone Mountain Park
The celebration kicks off at 9:30 p.m. with a laser show followed by fireworks.
Annual 4th of July Fireworks
One of our favorite Georgia towns is a quaint spot to celebrate the holiday. Fireworks begin at dark (between 9 and 9:30) just behind the Alpine Village Shoppes and Helen Welcome Center and are free to the public.
River Street Fourth of July Celebration
Historic River Street
This historic Southern city will draw plenty of visitors this holiday. Music and food kick off at 4 p.m. and fireworks begin at dark.
Falls of Rough
Rumble Over the Rough
Rough River Dam State Park
Plan ahead to kick off your 4th of July celebration on Saturday, July 1 with Rumble Over the Rough. Fireworks start at dusk.
Go 4th on the River
New Orleans Riverfront
This has been voted one of the nation’s best 4th of July fireworks displays by the American Pryotechnic Association—so it must be good. Dueling barges will go head to head as they shoot off fireworks from the Mississippi River. Live performances begin at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Baltimore’s Port America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate with live music by the U.S. Navy Band and fireworks in downtown Baltimore. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra – Salute to Independence
Antietam National Battlefield
Celebrate 4h of July with a crowd of about 20,000 at this amazing show. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Bring a blanket, water, and a flashlight.
Biloxi 4th of July Fireworks Display
Biloxi Small Craft Harbor & Waterfront
Admission is free. Fireworks displayed over the Mississippi Sound start at 9 p.m.
Charlotte claims to have the Southeast’s largest outdoor fireworks spectacular. The show kicks off after the Team USA vs. Team Cuba baseball game.
July 4th Celebration and Fireworks
Kenan Memorial Stadium
A few of the festivities include live music, games, face painting, and a watermelon-eating contest. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. sharp. Admission is $1.
Folds of Honor Freedom Fest
Fireworks are set off from the center of the Arkansas River. Locals and visitors will enjoy live entertainment, food, drinks, and games. The fun starts at 5 p.m.
Patriots Point Fourth of July Blast
Watch fireworks over Charleston Harbor aboard the flight deck of the USS Yorktown. Tickets are $30 for general admission or $75 for VIP. Alternatively, you can watch the show for free on the Patriots Point Museum grounds. Live music starts at 5. Fireworks will go off after dark—around 9 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th
Fifth and Broadway; Ascend Ampitheater
Music City will roll out the red carpet to celebrate the nation’s birthday with performances by Chris Young and Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony. The event is free. Fireworks begin after Chris Young’s performance wraps around 9:15 p.m.
27th Annual Patriot Festival
Pigeon Forge treats locals and visitors to live music, food, and games starting at 1:30 p.m. with Thompson Square headlining the event. Fireworks kick off at 9:45.
Freedom Over Texas
Eleanor Tinsley Park
The party starts at 4 p.m. with a patriotic tribute from the United States Air Force Band of the West. Later in the day, Hunter Hayes will take the stage. The celebration culminates with fireworks over Buffalo Bayou.
Annual Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks Presented by AT&T
Town Point Park
This fireworks extravaganza is free to the public. Hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, seafood, corn on the cob, watermelon and much more are on the menu. There’ll be live entertainment leading up to the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
4th of July Fireworks
Colonial Williamsburg Visitor’s Center
Celebrate our nation’s history with a 4th of July celebration in Williamsburg. There will be a salute to the original 13 states, music performed by the Fifes and Drums, and the firing of muskets and a cannon. The grand finale is the fireworks, of course. View from either Market Square or Palace Green.
National Mall Fourth of July Celebration
The best spot in the house is definitely on the National Mall. Fireworks launch from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, so it’s safe to say you’ll have a front row seat. Fireworks begin at 9:09 p.m.
July 4th (on the 2nd) Fireworks
The New River Gorge
From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. take in fireworks over The New River Gorge. A shuttle service will run to and from Mountain State Campground from around 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. but the show will be viewable from miles around.