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The Best 4th of July Events

It’s almost the 4th of July, and you may be looking for something to do. The good news is that there are plenty of fun 4th of July events around the country to make plans to go to. Here is your list of some of the best 4th of July events around the United States in 2021. Keep in mind that some events might not be going on like usual because of COVID.

The Best Independence Day Events for this Fourth of July

It’s almost the 4th of July! That means parades, fireworks, and family fun, all nationwide! As you make plans for Independence Day this year, here is what is going around parts of the country. If you live near any of these locations, make plans to enjoy what they have to offer. 

Nashville, Tennessee 

In Music City, you can catch Old Dominion, Gramps Morgan, Cassadee Pope, Levi Hummon, and more during the free Let Freedom Sing 4th of July event in Downtown Nashville. There will be a Family Fun Zone and the largest firework show in Nashville’s history. 

Washington D.C.

The National Independence Day parade will be on July 4th from 11:45 am to 2:00 pm. This one-mile-long parade starts at the corner of Constitution Ave NW and 7th St. NW. It will be aired on Facebook at 11:45 am ET, or on Youtube at 5 pm ET. 

The Capitol Hill July 4th Parade will be in the Capitol Hill neighborhood’s Barracks Row on July 4th. 

“A Capitol Fourth” concert on the west lawn of the capitol building is also a favorite. The concert is free, open to the public, on a first-come, first-serve basis. It will be broadcast on PBS and streaming platforms as well as to troops worldwide. This 42nd annual concert will be on July 4th at 8:00 pm ET. Unfortunately, you will not be able to see it live this year. 

Fireworks will be shown at the National Mall from 9:09 pm, for 17 minutes. They will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. 

San Diego, California

In San Diego, CA, they have the Annual Big Bay Boom, San Diego’s July 4th Firework Show. These fireworks will be on the San Diego Bay at 9 pm. They can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, the Marina District, the Coronado Ferry Landing, or from the water. 

You can also find fireworks at SeaWorld, which is a 15-minute show set to a musical soundtrack called “Ignite 360” this year. The fireworks will be from July 1st-4th. 

Jacksonville, Florida

You can catch fireworks throughout the city at 9:45 pm. They will be in these locations, 

  • FSCJ North Campus
  • The Avenues Mall
  • Trinity Baptist Church
  • Ed Austin Regional Park
  • Downtown Jacksonville

San Antonio, Texas

In San Antonio, Texas, you can catch fireworks at SeaWorld during their Fireworks Spectacular.

The Alamo also has events going on. They have live music, demonstrations, and activities on the 4th of July from 9 am to 5:30 pm. This event is free and family-friendly at the Alamo Plaza. 

New York City

New York City has the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks on the banks of the East River. Five barges will launch 48,000 fireworks with songs such as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Reach Out and Touch.” You can also catch this live on NBC on Monday, July 4th, 2022, at 8 pm ET. 

Oahu, Hawaii

If you are in Oahu, you will need to check out what is going on at the military installations. At Joint Base Pearl Harbor and Hickam, there will be fireworks at Ward Field on July 4th. They also have family-friendly activities, games, a car show, and concerts. There will also be fireworks at Schofield Barracks and Kaneohe Bay. 

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

If you are in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee, make sure to check out the Gatlinburg July 4th Parade. This is known as the first Independence Day parade in the nation. For more than 40 years, the parade has honored our nation’s veterans and other military personnel. 

Gatlinburg 4th of July fireworks start at 11 pm in downtown Gatlinburg. Pigeon Forge fireworks start at 9:50 pm 


No matter where you are stationed, there will most likely be at least one fireworks show and a possible 4th of July parade or other fun events. Check on your installation to see what they have going on and enjoy your 4th of July.





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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, and blogger. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.