Fireworks on the water

Grab a camera and a spot on the sunpad for these July 4th shows.

Memorial Day and Labor Day hog all the glory at this time of year — the first breath and last gasp of summer — but July Fourth is the sweet treat in the middle, with dazzling fireworks shows during the heart of the cruising season. Lots of coastal towns and lake communities put on shows that can be seen by boat. Below are a few of our favorites.

New York City

Bring a skipper for the Macy's event. For boater regs, call (212) 494-5243. Learn Moreistockphoto.com/kamisoka

Ludington, Michigan

Watch the show high above Lake Michigan from anywhere along the waterfront. Learn MoreToddandBradReed.com

Sarasota, Florida

The show is part of the Sarasota ­Powerboat Grand Prix Festival. Learn MoreCourtesy of Visit Sarasota County

Newport, Rhode Island

The view is great from anywhere in the harbor, especially facing west. Learn Moreistockphoto.com/bytmonas

San Diego, California

The Big Bay Boom is the largest on the West Coast, with radio simulcast. Learn Moreistockphoto.com/razyph