A gathering of friends and family outdoors, around a barbecue; it's the essential foundation of any Fourth of July celebration. Of course, there is one thing conspicuously absent from the preceding list: Fireworks.
Depending on the state, the best fireworks display may very well be in your own yard or neighborhood. For the truly monumental, however, you have to visit one of these top shows.
One of the best spots to watch an Independence Day celebration is in the city that started it all. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular brings 200,000 spectators to the banks of the Charles River for a show that also includes-not surprisingly-a number of musical acts as well.
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