June 02, 2010 14:08 ET's Top 10 Places to See Fireworks

Celebrate July Fourth With a Bang

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 2, 2010) -  The summer season has officially launched. Memorial Day marks the start of the summer for many Americans and the next long weekend holiday to look forward to is Independence Day on July Fourth. This year, the United States of America will be celebrating its 234th year of independence from Great Britain. Fireworks displays throughout the nation commemorate this national holiday, and, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, has created a list of Top 10 Places to See Fireworks and offers great airfare deals to get you to the festivities.

"When July Fourth rolls around, many people find themselves wondering where they should spend the holiday," says Andrea Mooney, Cheapflights site editor. "The cities we chose not only have fantastic displays of light, but also host Fourth of July reverie worth checking out. So if you don't already have plans, consider our top 10 places to see fireworks this holiday."

The US cities to make's list include:

Washington D.C. - There are few more historical places to see fireworks than Washington D.C. (and by "few" we mean Boston and Philadelphia). Thomas Jefferson hosted the first official Fourth of July celebration on the lawn of his mansion more than 200 years ago, and now fireworks soar over the D.C. skyline each year as the National Symphony commemorates our independence. Round-trip flights from New York to Washington D.C. over the July Fourth weekend are available on from $159. Search and compare more cheap flights to Washington.

Boston - More than 200,000 people take to the shores of the Charles River every Fourth of July in the city that started the American Revolution and threw the wildest tea party ever in the country. The Boston Harborfest kicks off at the end of June and continues until the Fourth of July, celebrating the city's colonial and maritime heritage. Round-trip flights from Washington to Boston over the July Fourth weekend are available on from $129. Search and compare more cheap flights to Boston.

San Diego - There's nothing like summer in SoCal -- and San Diego is the beach town that celebrates the Fourth in pure sunbathing style. Carnivals, Ferris wheels, parades and county fairs spring into action days before the event, and on July 3rd, firework fanatics camp out on the sand all the way from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach to guarantee a position with superior views. Round-trip flights from San Francisco to San Diego over the July Fourth weekend are available on from $165. Search and compare more cheap flights to San Diego.

Philadelphia - Technically the birthplace of our country, festivities in Philadelphia last the entire week leading up to the Fourth, and events like concerts and movies fill the calendar. This year, the Goo Goo Dolls will play a concert at 8:30 p.m. leading into the display. Round-trip flights from Atlanta to Philadelphia over the July Fourth weekend are available on from $179. Search and compare more cheap flights to Philadelphia.

New Orleans - It doesn't have to be Mardi Gras for New Orleans to have a good time. NOLA beats out other firework displays because it doesn't just light up the sky in a typical way -- it doubles the action by having two barges battle it out in a fireworks competition on the water. Round-trip flights from Miami to New Orleans over the July Fourth weekend are available on from $265. Search and compare more cheap flights to New Orleans.

Other destinations that made's list of Top Places to See Fireworks this Fourth of July include San Francisco; Chicago; the US Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John; Lake Tahoe, Nevada known as "Lights on the Lake" and considered to be the largest pyro show in the West; and New England's islands of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. To view the Top 10 list in full detail, visit

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