Via magazine
Via magazine - Your AAA Magazine

The Via Blog travel news + notes + tasty tidbits

Karen Reardanz, Via magazine, picture

The Best Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in the West

Posted by Karen Reardanz on June 25, 2018
Fourth of July fireworks in San Francisco, California, picture
Photo credit
Photo: Engel Ching / Shutterstock
Photo caption
San Francisco fireworks light up the sky behind the Bay Bridge.

Celebrate Fourth of July with a bang. From San Francisco to Las Vegas, there's an Independence Day fireworks display in the sky near you. (All events are on July 4, unless otherwise noted.)

California

1. The City of San Francisco 4th of July Waterfront Celebration
Fireworks are shot off over the San Francisco Bay to a full 30-minute score. Free. Pier 39, the Embarcadero and Beach St.

2. Annual Independence Day Celebration, Redwood City
This spectacular fireworks show follows an Independence Day parade that starts at 10 a.m., as well as an all-day festival. Free. Port of Redwood City, located at the end of Seaport Blvd. 

3. July 4th at Cal Expo, Sacramento
Family friendly pre-show festivities are followed by the area’s biggest fireworks display. Free. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., just east of downtown. 

4. 4th of July at the Berkeley Marina
Fireworks are shot off a barge in the Bay at 9:35 p.m. after a day of live music, food, and entertainment for all ages. Free. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave. 

5. Rotary Fireworks, Downtown San Jose
The Silicon Valley Symphony performs a free concert before the fireworks display. Free. 9:30 p.m. Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way.

6. On-the-Water Fireworks, Mountain View
Get on the water and into the middle of Shoreline Lake for an exciting way to watch the annual Shoreline Amphitheatre fireworks show. Purchase an all-day access pass for kayak, pedalboat, rowboat, and canoe rentals for $15. Customized picnic baskets are available for $30. Boathouse & American Bistro, 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd. 

Nevada

7. Laughlin's Rockets Over the River
This state-of-the-art show launches over the waters of the Colorado River on both Saturday, June 30 and July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Free. The best viewing is along the waterfront near Laughlin's hotels and casinos.

8. Lights on the Lake Fireworks, South Lake Tahoe
This fireworks display on the South Shore is visible from all over the area. Set yourself up on one of the area's beaches or head out on the water to view. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. Free.

9. Fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip
Vegas gets the party started early with fireworks taking over the skies all weekend. On June 30, dive into the pool at the Plaza Hotel to watch the fireworks. Caesar's Palace does its big display this year on Saturday at 9:15 p.m.

10. America's Freedom Festival Stadium of Fire Show at Provo
This music extravaganza, which features OneRepublic as the headliner, culminates in a huge fireworks show. Tickets from $35-$250. July 4. LaVell Edwards Stadium at Brigham Young University.

Oregon

11. Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland
The beloved event runs July 4-7 with headliners including George Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Revivalists, and Beth Hart. The opening night features an Independence Day fireworks show set to blues tracks. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito Pkwy. 

12. Corbett Fun Fest
From the pancake breakfast ($6 for adults, $3 for kids over 5 years old) and parade to the live acts and fireworks spectacular, the Corbett Fun Fest is a full day of small-town entertainment. Roads into town close at 9:30 a.m. Event grounds at Corbett Grade School, 35800 East Historic Columbia River Hwy.