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Fourth of July Festivities
What better way could there be to celebrate Independence Day than by going camping and watching a spectacular fireworks show? We’ve rounded up some fantastic celebrations across the country for you and your family to enjoy that have great places to camp nearby:
San Diego, California
This annual event is the largest fireworks show on the West Coast. Beginning at 9:00 pm, San Diego’s North Bay will light up with a spectacular display set to original music. The theme of this year’s show is “A Salute to the Military Families of our Service Heroes.” An estimated 300,000 -500,000 people turn out for the fireworks which are set off from four barges in the bay. Event organizers say that the best viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North/South Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Coronado Landing, Liberty Station, Little Italy and the Port of San Diego’s parks.
Grand Lake, Colorado
This fireworks show over Colorado’s largest natural lake is consistently ranked as one of the best shows in the country, so plan to arrive early as it attracts a huge crowd. The show doesn’t begin until it is fully dark, which is closer to 10:00 pm. According to the Grand Lake Chamber, it can take an extended amount of time to exit Grand Lake after the show, but there’s no reason to hurry —many venues offer food and music afterwards. Earlier in the day, the Rotary Club hosts its annual pancake breakfast, and for some old-fashioned fun, there’s bingo to be played in the Town Park before the fireworks begin.
Leave it to Music City to put on a free, family-friendly July 4th celebration that features performances by country star Chris Young, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, R&B artist Jonny P. and the folk rock duo The Sisterhood. Plus, the event’s 30-minute fireworks show, the largest one in the country, is synchronized to a live performance by the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony! During the day, a Family Fun Zone will be open at Music City Walk of Fame Park from Noon to 4:00 pm.
Also considered to be one of the top fireworks displays in the country, this one-day, North Texas festival also features music and an air show along with carnival rides and face painting for the kids. Addison Circle Park opens at 4:00 pm, and organizers recommend getting there early for this popular event. After the show, there’s a free concert on the Budweiser Stage by the Emerald City Band.
Billed as “one of the best fireworks displays on all of Lake Erie,” this event is always held on July 4th, rain or shine. The rockets are launched from a barge in the middle of the bay, and the best viewing locations are on the lawn of the Perry’s Victory Memorial and along the seawall. Make plans to come early to enjoy the open-air Freedom Concert performed by the Flyin Jays on the Monument patio beginning at 4:30 pm.
Colonial Williamsburg invites visitors to celebrate our nation’s birth with a full day of activities that include readings of the Declaration of Independence accompanied by music from the Fifes & Drums and cannon fire, colonial games and a salute to the original 13 states. Naturally, the day will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display launched from the Palace Green that begins at 9:20 p.m.