Fourth of July Spots to View Fireworks Shows
26 June, 2023
Every year millions of Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with backyard BBQs, drinks with friends and family and, of course, watching a good ol’ fireworks spectacular when the sun goes down.
Nothing says “America’s birthday” like looking skyward to see the rockets' red glare and fireworks bursting in air. With more than 16,000 fireworks shows in one night happening across the country, how does a red, white and blue patriot decide where to find the best view of these spectacular skyrockets in flight? Just sit back, crack open a Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co. canned cocktail and check out these awesome recommendations for breathtaking displays in Southern California, Las Vegas, Dallas and Miami.
There’s nothing more quintessentially California than taking in a beautiful fireworks spectacle over the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and watching the flashes of color and fire dance across the reflection of the waves. Angelenos can take in a marvelous beachside fireworks display in Marina Del Rey.
The annual Marina del Rey fireworks show illuminates the marina’s channel with red, white and blue flashes above awestruck spectators gathered on boats or onshore at Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village, “Mother’s” Beach or one of the many waterfront hotels and restaurants. The fireworks start at 9 p.m., although viewers will want to arrive early to stake out a great viewing spot. Why not make a day of it at one of the prime beachside or park locations? Bring along a picnic blanket, snacks and a cooler full of top-shelf sparkling rum cocktails in a can, Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co. and kick back in true Red (Rocker), white and blue style.
Head down to Huntington Beach and check out Sammy Hagar’s new Cabo Wabo Beach Club at the Waterfront Beach Resort. Surf City is always a top spot to celebrate the holiday, with festivities dating all the way back to 1904. Over the course of five days, June 30 - July 4, Huntington Beach attracts crowds of more than 500,000 for its Independence Day celebration, the “biggest this side of the Mississippi.” Patriotic party goers can catch the beautiful fireworks display over the ocean while hanging poolside at Cabo Wabo Beach Club with one of Sammy’s signature Santo margaritas or Beach Bar Rum mojitos.
Nobody knows how to put on a show like Las Vegas, and Sin City’s Independence Day fireworks extravaganza over the Strip is showmanship at its finest. Revelers looking for a skyhigh view will want to scale to the top of Vegas’ tallest building, The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, to take in the show from the SkyPod’s 1,149-foot-tall Observation Deck. We recommend making a reservation for a window view table at the iconic Top of the World restaurant. With a dining room that revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes, you’ll be treated to spectacular views across the Las Vegas Valley and an award-winning menu of steaks and seafood complemented by fresh, seasonal ingredients. You can also view the show with handcrafted treats at 108 Eats and craft cocktails at 108 Drinks; take a heart-pounding leap from SkyJump or discover the adrenalin rush of a lifetime from Big Show or X-Scream, two of the world-famous thrill rides and attractions atop The STRAT. Whatever you choose, there will be an incredible view of the fireworks, which begin at 9 p.m.
Not to be outdone, Sammy Hagar’s world-famous Cabo Wabo Cantina is a fantastic place to catch the fireworks with its rockin’ atmosphere and Strip-side patio. Take in the festivities during Cabo Wabo Cantina’s patio fiesta with a live DJ and Sammy’s Toasted Colada cocktail, made with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, Coco Lopez and pineapple juice in a glass or pitcher garnished with freshly toasted coconut.
Texans looking for family friendly fireworks display should head to Dallas’ historic Fair Park for the annual Fair Park Fourth carnival. The free event is open to the public and promises plenty of carnival-style fun including activities for the kids, live music, entertainment, food trucks and much more.
The event is open from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and when the sun goes down guests will be treated to a grand fireworks show that will light up the skies over Dallas. The show can be viewed from Fair Park or just across the street from inside the iconic Cotton Bowl Stadium. While you’re there, check out Fair Park’s cultural institutions and attractions including the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium and Texas Discovery Gardens, a non-profit native garden and indoor butterfly sanctuary.
Head to Miami’s iconic South Beach for a one-of-a-kind oceanfront fireworks showcase and classical music concert at the Independence Day Fireworks & Patriotic Concert. The star spangled fireworks show will be accompanied by a live orchestra performance of patriotic favorites.
The Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF) Symphony Orchestra and Alumni Division Singers, conducted by founder and artistic director Michael Rossi, will perform on Ocean Drive both before and during the City of Miami Beach’s annual Firework Show. Guests can delight in classic patriotic tunes and marvel at the sights of the city's fantastic fireworks, all while cozying up with some blankets on the lush grass of Lummus Park. Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. concert are free and can be found at the link here.