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8 Great Spots for Fireworks by Boat

On July Fourth, it’s going to be a colorful celebration from sea to shining sea.

July 1, 2014
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San Diego’s Big Bay Boom

The Big Bay Boom in San Diego, California, is one of many locations where boaters can enjoy a July Fourth fireworks show from the water. Courtesy BigBayBoom.com

July Fourth fireworks are fun for the whole family, and what better way to enjoy them than from the comfort of your own boat? Skip the crowded parking lots and greasy fair food and go cruising instead to one of these eight great viewing spots:

• Longboat Key, Florida. The display (called “Boom Boom on the Bay”) will be July 2 at Channel Marker 39.

• Marina Del Rey, California. Boats are allowed to idle (but not anchor) in the main channel. Just stay clear of the fall-out zone that is clearly marked. Boaters also can view the show from Santa Monica Bay.

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• New York City. The East River’s display sponsored by Macy’s is so awesome it’s the go-to for television coverage nationwide. Be ready for lots of marine traffic, including ferries going out on special cruises to watch the show.

• Newport, Rhode Island. Newport Harbor is the setting for the display in this boater-friendly New England port. You can’t beat the backdrop if you’re a sailor.

• Lake Union, Seattle. The fireworks don’t start until 10 p.m., but a day of family fun is planned from noon onward at Gas Works Park.

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• San Diego, California. They call it the “Big Bay Boom,” and it’s such a great show that it draws about 850,000 people.

• Ludington, Michigan. This Lake Michigan spot hosts a Freedom Festival on July 3 and 4 with a kid-and-pet parade on Day One and a grand parade on Day Two, before the fireworks kick off at night.

• Mobile, Alabama. The fireworks go off at the USS Alabama Battleship Park. Could there be a more patriotic or nautical-inspired setting?

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