The Best Road Trips for July Fourth Fireworks

Here at Metromile, some of our favorite summer memories are piling in the car with friends and family and heading out to watch fireworks on Independence Day. Here are some of our favorite places to go on a road trip to catch a fireworks display.


West Coast

San Diego: One of the top Fourth of July firework shows in America is the Big Bay Boom in San Diego. The show consists of four different fireworks areas on four different barges in the San Diego area. This is the largest firework show in the west coast with more than 500,000 viewers.

San Francisco: Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to view Sausalito’s firework show on Richardson Bay. Or stay in the city to watch the show from Pier 39, The Embarcadero, or Fort Mason. This show includes 10,000 different effects for over 25 minutes.

Tahoe: Take a road trip to see the amazing sight at Lights on the Lake. The fireworks are visible all over town and around the lake, but the best spots can be found on El Dorado Beach, Nevada Beach, and Timber Cove Marina. We think you’d agree that nothing comes close to the view when you are out on the water watching the show.

Pacific Northwest: Stop by the Seafair Summer Fourth for a wonderful 21-minute display of fireworks on Lake Union in Seattle, WA. They also provide fun music, games, and beer gardens for day celebrations. Why not make a whole day of it?

East Coast

Washington D.C.: Catch a glimpse of one of the best fireworks shows in America at the National Mall. Around 700,000 people travel to the mall to watch the show with the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol in the background. It doesn’t get more patriotic than that!

Philadelphia: Kick off Fourth of July celebrations with an 8 day festival in Wawa Welcome America. The grand finale is a spectacular firework show to end the celebration.

Ocean City: Enjoy the Ocean City Fourth of July Celebration in Ocean City, NJ that starts with a 9 am bike parade and kite flying competition. Before the firework show, enjoy a live music and picnic. Enjoy the show with the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

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