The July 4th holiday weekend will see 59 million U.S. boaters take to the water to celebrate with family and friends.
Many of the nation’s major metropolitan areas mark their Independence Day celebrations on their waterfront, making watching fireworks from a boat the best seat in the house.
Discover Boating, a national public awareness program dedicated to recreational boating, has listed several popular on-the-water locations for viewing fireworks displays from a boat. Here are a few of the cities Discover Boating has selected:
- New York, N.Y.: With more than 35,000 pyrotechnic shells in a half-hour display, Macy’s dazzles viewers each year with a fireworks display of grand proportions in honor of the nation’s birthday. Launched from two East River locations, taking in the spectacular views from aboard a boat cannot be beat. Visitors can also celebrate in style on a cruise beneath the Statue of Liberty, featuring live music and dancing. (July 4, 9 p.m., East River between 23rd & 42nd Streets)
- Chicago, Ill.: Join that special someone for dinner aboard a chartered cruise or relax with family and friends on your own boat as the skies above Lake Michigan and Chicago’s famous skyline are illuminated with accompaniment from the Grant Park Orchestra and U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants. (July 3, 9:30 p.m., Grant Park)
- Los Angeles, Calif.: Join a variety of power and sailboats out on the water to enjoy live music and big booms over the main channel in Marina Del Ray for free family fun and a patriotic fireworks display. (July 4, 9 p.m., Marina Del Ray)
- Memphis, Tenn.: The Beale Street Fourth of July celebration is a festive time with great food, infamous live music and, of course, a thunderous grand finale of fireworks. Enjoy the lively display as the fireworks burst over the mighty Mississippi River. (July 4, 9 p.m.,
The complete list can be found on the Discover Boating site.
Source: Discover Boating