America's Top Fourth of July Celebrations

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    Grammy-winning artist Usher joins the Macy's team in producing the nation's largest Fourth of July fireworks show. He explains what it is like to be the first artist to curate the show, airing on NBC, July 4 at 8 p.m. EDT. (Published Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013)

    The Fourth of July is upon us and there is no shortage of festivities to celebrate the country’s independence.

    For those who are traveling to party it up in a big city, firework shows, barbecues, parades and music events are planned in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami.

    Here are other big July 4 events around the country:


    New York City

    Every summer, Macy’s lights up the Manhattan skyline with over 40,000 fireworks on July 4. This year’s show is directed by Usher and will feature an all-star line-up including Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift beginning at 8 pm. EDT. It will be televised live on NBC on the eastern and central time zones, and at 8 p.m. PT on the west coast. Check out the full celebrity guest list here.

    For revelers who prefer to celebrate far from the fireworks show on the Hudson River, NBC New York has rounded up some of the best July 4th events New York City has to offer.

    And finally, what better way to celebrate Independence Day than to pay a visit Lady Liberty herself? The Statue of Liberty is finally ready to receive visitors on July 4 after months of cleanup and damage repair from Hurricane Sandy.

    Philadelphia

    Philadelphia is the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, which makes it the perfect location for one of the country’s biggest Independence Day celebrations. The Welcome America festivities started 10 days before July 4th and events includes concerts, a parade, food fests and a fireworks show.

    Check out some of these other events in and around Philadelphia on the Fourth of July.


    Washington, D.C.

    For those who happen to be in the nation’s capital on July 4, head to the National Mall to check the annual Capitol Fourth display of fireworks and free music. Or check out some of these other events in Washington, D.C.

    Boston

    For 40 years, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular has dazzled Bostonians and visitors alike with their fireworks display and music in an event that is broadcasted on primetime to over 7 million viewers.

    Seattle

    Seattle’s Summer Seafair Fourth almost didn’t happen this year when the organizers found themselves short on funding. Fortunately, rescue came in the form of some major corporate donations and the annual fireworks show will take place as scheduled.


    Nashville, Tenn.

    What better place to take on Independence Day with some great music than in Music City? Nasville’s Let Freedom Sing! event will include performances from The Band Perry, Keb' Mo', the Nashville Symphony and a spectacular fireworks show to top it all off.