Here are the biggest 4th of July celebrations across the country

July 4 celebrations across the country are returning to their normal format after the COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to go virtual over the past two years.

From Grammy-winning musical performances to elaborate fireworks, America’s birthday parties are back with a bang.

Here are the biggest 4th of July celebrations happening across the country.

Macy’s 46th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks – New York, New York

The nation’s largest 4th of July celebration, the Macy’s-sponsored fireworks display attracts more than 3 million visitors each year.

Launched from each of the East River barges, the spectacular two-hour fireworks display launches thousands of shells to create 17 different firework patterns.

Pitbull and the cast of Moulin Rouge the Musical will be among the performers during the show.

You can watch the festivities live on NBC starting at 8 p.m. EST on July 4 and stream them on Peacock.

Fireworks at the National Mall -Washington D.C.

Each year, a Capitol Fourth concert and fireworks display lights up the nation’s capital.

Independence Day festivities begin with the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST) and the National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW (11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST).

For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, musical performances will return to the West Lawn of the United States Capitol on the National Mall.

Four-time Grammy-nominated Mickey Guyton will host the star-studded concert featuring performances from Darren Criss, Andy Grammer, Gloria Gaynor, the National Symphony Orchestra and more. The show will also air live beginning at 8 p.m. EST on PBS.org, the PBS Facebook page, and local PBS affiliate channels.

The National Park Service will launch the annual fireworks display on both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, beginning at 9:09 p.m. EST.

Harborfest in Boston –Boston, Massachusetts.

Nearly 3 million visitors attend Boston’s 4th of July festivities each year. Historical re-enactments, walks on the Freedom Trail and a flag-raising ceremony are among hundreds of activities that take place over a week-long period.

4th of July events begin at 9 a.m. EST, with a parade beginning at City Hall Plaza and ending at the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence will be read.

Ten-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan is one of the artists entertaining audiences at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, being held at DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. The concert portion begins at 7:00 p.m. EST, with fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

Big Bay Boom – San Diego, California.

The largest fireworks display on the West Coast, San Diego’s Independence Day celebration draws an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 spectators annually.

The fireworks display, launched from four barges around North San Diego Bay, begins at 9 p.m. PST. Spectators can watch the fireworks from several locations, including the USS Midway, which allows for family picnic style viewing.

The show will also air on Fox 5 (San Diego), KTLA 5 (Los Angeles), Fox 40 (Sacramento), and Kron 4 (San Francisco).

Wawa Welcome America Festival – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia celebrates America’s birthday each year with a series of free public events called the Welcome America Festival.

Singers Jason Derulo, Ava Max and Tori Kelly will perform at 7 p.m. EST before the 9:45 p.m. fireworks display, which closes the two-week celebration.

Spectators can view the fireworks, which are launched from Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in person from Eakins Oval at Logan Circle or at home on NBC10 and TeleXitos.

freedom over texas -Houston, TX

Houston’s 4th of July celebration, the largest land-based fireworks display in the United States, draws an average of 50,000 people a year.

Country band Sawyer Brown and rapper Blanco Brown will be among the performers at the event, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT at Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston parks.

This year’s event will also add a unique Space City experience to honor the 60th anniversary of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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