On July 4th, 1777, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania became the first American city to celebrate the declaration of its independence with fireworks. According to Slate, of the fireworks display, the Pennsylvania Evening Post wrote that, “‘The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.’”
Fast forward almost 240 years and fireworks aren’t just launched in Philadelphia each 4th of July—they’re a staple across the country.
From Los Angeles to Montpelier, from Miami to Seattle, there will be fireworks. But which cities do it best? Which cities put on a show good enough to justify a road trip in sweltering heat?
Find out below by clicking through the slideshow!Whizzco