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5 Great Places To View Fourth of July Fireworks

(June 27, 2003)

After the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams predicted each anniversary would be celebrated with "illuminaries".  Little did he know that today's celebratory "illuminaries" would become massive choreographed extravaganzas of light and sound. Want to see really big booms and bangs? Here are five great places to view spectacular fireworks this Fourth of July.

First Booms & Bangs

Fireworks have been around for over 2,000 years and were originally concocted of bamboo tubes, packed with sulpher and charcoal. While many historians credit the Chinese with creating fireworks, they were actually created by the Italians in the 13th century.  It was Italian explorer Marco Polo who brought fireworks to China.

Mt. Rushmore -- Black Hills, South Dakota
It's considered one of the Top 10 aerial fireworks shows produced for Independence Day celebrations across America. And combined with the awesome presidential sculptures in the Black Hills of South Dakota, it's a glorious celebration of freedom and democracy. For more information, visit Mt. Rushmore National Memorial Website.

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh's famed Golden Triangle is the setting for the city's annual Fourth of July festivities. The evening culminates with a dazzling fireworks display against the city's exquisite skyline and rivers. For added visual drama, fireworks are launched from tops of buildings, parks and rivers -- all choreographed to live music broadcast over the radio. For more information, visit Digital City Pittsburgh Events.

Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma is home to some of the largest fireworks displays in the world during their annual Fourth of July Freedom Fair. Fireworks are launched over Puget Sound among picturesque mountains. As an added bonus, you can also view Seattle and other local fireworks at the same time --- a remarkable feast for the eyes. For more information, visit Digital City Seattle Events.

Boston
Cultured and illuminating evening at the Hatch Shell, with a Boston Pops concert to accompany the colorful fireworks display. For more information, visit Digital City Boston Events.

Washington D.C.
What better way to celebrate our country's birthday than to thousands of thousands of Americans on the National Mall for the most famous fireworks extravaganza of them all. For more information, visit Digital City Washington D.C. Events.


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