10 Best Cities to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks by Boat

By discoverboating.com.

When it comes to fireworks, Independence Day celebrations are hard to beat. However, as great as they are on land, they’re even better from the water. Here are the best boat-friendly destinations for watching fireworks this Fourth of July.

Where Can You Watch Fireworks By Boat On the Fourth of July?

1. Boston, Massachusetts

Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Charles River Esplanade with the world-famous Boston Pops. The annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be held on Tuesday, July 4, 8–11 p.m.

2. Chicago, Illinois

The legendary pyrotechnics show off Navy Pier will light Lake Michigan on the Fourth of July weekend!

On Saturday, July 1, if you’re close enough to shore, you might even hear the music to which the spectacle is synchronized. Navy Pier also hosts fireworks shows every Wednesday and Saturday night through Labor Day weekend.

3. Lake Tahoe, California, and Nevada Border

Lights on the Lake literally lights up the southern waters of Lake Tahoe. Between the highly touted display and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s no wonder the show is considered among the country’s best fireworks shows. Get your boat ready for this year’s Lights on the Lake show, beginning at 9:45 p.m. on July 4.

4. Marina del Rey, California

This 20-minute fireworks spectacle attracts onlookers (including boaters) from miles around. The annual event start time is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.

Check the Visit Marina del Rey website for tips on when to arrive (they recommend as early as 1 p.m.) and options for kayak and paddleboard rentals if you decide to spend the day.

5. Miami, Florida

South Floridians have lots of options when it comes to boat-friendly places for watching fireworks. The Fire on the Fourth Festival, over the Atlantic Ocean in North Miami Beach, is especially popular. This year’s Fourth of July fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

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