Looking for free fireworks shows on the 4th of July in your city? Here is the 2012 list of the times and locations for shows happening on Independence Day in cities across the U.S.A. Watch fireworks displays light up the sky all over the country including the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston, MA; Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in NYC; the Independence Day Celebration in Washington, DC; Walt Disney World’s Fourth of July Concert in the Sky in Orlando, Fla.; the City of Chicago Fireworks; and other shows in Las Vegas, Buffalo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Washington, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Hawaii, Oregon, and Virginia.
The following is a list of some of the largest 2012 Fourth of July shows in major cities across the country. Many include day-long family events and most fireworks displays start between 9 – 10 p.m.
Please note that some cities have fireworks shows scheduled on other nights during the week leading up to the 4th of July, but most of the events listed here are scheduled for Wednesday, July 4.
2012 4th of July Free Firework Shows
Boston, MA: The 2012 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is a day-long event located on the Charles River. Fireworks start at 10:35 p.m., but the Oval on the Esplanade (Hatch Shell) opens at 9 a.m. The Boston Pops concert starts at 8:20 p.m. CBS will simulcast the show starting at 10 p.m. Download a 2012 Boston Pops Fireworks program here.
New York City, NY: The 2012 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks start at 9:00 PM. If you can’t get to NYC, catch the show on NBC. This year’s show, “Ignite the Night” features 40,000 fireworks and performances by Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. Located on the Hudson River between 24th and 57th Streets.
Orlando, Fla.: Walt Disney World’s Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks start at 9 p.m. in the Magic Kingdom on both July 3 and July 4. At Epcot, a 4th of July version of Illuminations will show starts at 10:00 pm on July 4. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there will be a “Special July 4th Fireworks Presentation” at 9.45pm on July 4. There will be no fireworks in Downtown Disney.
Washington, DC: 2012 4th of July Fireworks at the National Mall starts at approximately 9:15 p.m. Rain date is July 5. Fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and can be seen over the Washington Monument. There are festivities in DC all day, including a parade at 11:45 a.m from Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th Sts and the Capitol Fourth Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building at 8 p.m. You can enter the grounds starting at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information: 202-789-7000
San Fransisco, CA: The 2012 Pier 39 4th Of July Celebration is a full day of music and fun that ends with fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from barges off PIER 39 and the Municipal Pier. Get information and directions here.
Los Angeles, CA: There are several events taking place on July 4, 2012, including:
- 4th of July Americafest at The Rosebowl Pasadena: Family entertainment outside the stadium starting at 2:00 p.m., including crafts, rides, and exhibits. Sadium will open at 6:00 p.m. and fireworks start at 9:05 p.m. More information: visitAmericafest 2012.com
- The Queen Mary 4th of July Celebration in Long Beach: A full day of events from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with live entertainment. Fireworks will being at 9:00 p.m. Visit Queen Mary’s site for more information.
- Dodger Stadium: The Dodgers will be playing the Cincinnati Reds at 6:10 p.m. Fireworks are shown after the game.
Bristol, CT: Head to Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, CT for a day of roller coasters and water park fun. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
New Britain, CT: The Great American Boom in New Britain, CT is a full day of 4th of July fun including carnival rides and food. This event starts at 5 p.m. at Stanley Quarter Park. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Find more information here.
Atlanta, GA: The 2012 4th of July Celebration Fireworks are shown in Centennial Olympic Park. A day-long event, the park gates open at 6 p.m and the fireworks show starts around 9:40 p.m. Information: 404-233-6767
Tampa, FL: July 4th Fireworks Display at Channelside. Starts at 9:00 PM Located at 615 Channelside Drive. This is a day-long 4th of July event. Call 813-223-1111 for more information.
Honolulu, HI: Independence Day at Maunalua Bay fireworks are part of a day-long celebration from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fireworks start at 8 p.m.
Chicago, IL: The 2012 City of Chicago’s fireworks will be held at the Navy Pier. This free show starts at 9 p.m. The Chicago White Sox will also have a fireworks display at the Cell after the game against the Texas Rangers on July 4, 2012. The game starts at 6:10 p.m.
New Orleans LA: The 2012 Go 4th on the River Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza is a huge day-long family event on the historic New Orleans riverfront. Music performances, riverboat rides and other family-focused activities. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. and can be viewed from both sides of the Mighty Mississippi River. The show is simulcast on Magic 101.9 WWL AM and FM. Find maps and parking information here.
St. Louis, MO: Fair St. Louis Fireworks will light up the skies over the Mississippi and the Gateway Arch with the US Bank/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Fireworks on July 2, 3 and 4. Held under the “Gateway Arch”, prior to the show, Heart will perform on the Budweiser Main Stage. For more info: Celebratestlouis.org Please check this list for updates on several fireworks shows that have been cancelled due to the heatwave.
Las Vegas, NV: There are several events in Vegas on the 4th of July, including:
- Station Casinos 4th of July Fireworks Shows: Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station, Red Rock Resort. Fireworks start at 9 p.m at all casinos.
- Las Vegas 51s July 4th Extravaganza: Game Starts at 7:05 PM, fireworks follow at the end of the game.
- Henderson Fourth of July Festival at Mission Hills Park on 551 E. Mission Dr. Event opens at 6 p.m. and fireworks end at 9 p.m.
Nelsonville, OH Annual Thunder in the Valley Fireworks Spectacular. Starts at 10 PM. Held on the Hocking College Campus. Find a map and parking information here.
Boardman, OR: The 2012 Boardman Thunder Fourth of July Celebration fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. in Marina Park. Call 541-481-3014 for more info.
Philadelphia, PA: The 2012 Sunoco Welcome America Festival is a day-long event that ends with the Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Fireworks begin at about 10:30 p.m. Located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th & 23rd Streets. Get directions and information here.
State College, PA: 2012 Central PA USA 4th Fest is a day-long event on the Penn State University campus that runs from 2 p.m ’til midnight. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m., but prior to that you can enjoy a carnival, a Military Equipment display, crafts for kids, and take a bite of a 14 foot long flag cake. Learn more at 4thFest.org.
Providence, RI: A free concert and fireworks will be held at India Point Park in Providence. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and Miss USA Olivia Culpo, a Rhode Island native, will provide entertainment before the fireworks display on July 4, 2012. The rain date is July 5, 2012. See a list of all of the fireworks shows in Rhode Island and information on the 2012 Bristol Fourth of July Parade here.
Houston, TX: The Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas 4th of July event features Billy Currington and Sara Evans performing at the annual event held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 p.m. Located at the Eleanor Tinsley Park along Buffalo Bayou. Get parking and event information here.
WIlliamsburg, VA: This all day 4th of July event in Colonial Williamsburg ends with fireworks that can be seen from Market Square, Palace Green, or the Public Hospital grounds. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. For information, maps and directions, click here.
Seattle, WA: The Family Fourth at Lake Union Fireworks show starts at approximately 10 PM. There are day-long family activities at this annual event. Get directions and information here.
Tacoma, WA: Tacoma Freedom Fair 4th of July Fireworks is part of a day-long event with music and food. The fireworks show begins at 10:10 pm on July 4 and will be synchronized to a soundtrack broadcast from sound systems on several stages, and on Warm 106.9 FM and KLAY AM 1180, in case you want to bring a radio. For more information, click here.
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