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Top 4th of July Events in the Lehigh Valley & the U.S.

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Jul 1 9 minutes read

There’s no shortage of fun activities to do on July 4th. From neighborhood parades to backyard cookouts with friends and family, Independence Day gives us more fun options than there are hours in the day. For those of us who want to celebrate the holiday with a bang, there’s no bigger bang than a firework show that goes all-out. We’ve rounded up some of the most jaw-dropping displays across the country that will blow you away.

Where to Celebrate the Fourth in Lehigh Valley

Allentown: July 4 Over Cedar Beach Park.

Activities begin at 9 p.m. At J. Birney Crum Stadium. Rain date, July 5.



Bethlehem: Concert by Bethlehem Municipal Band

Bethlehem: Concert by Bethlehem Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m. July 4, Payrow

Plaza, City Hall, 12 E. Church St., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. July 4 from

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Coca-Cola Park "Great American Blast: 6 p.m. July 3rd

Carnival style event with music, inflatables, food trucks, face painting, mascot Appearances, Access to Lehigh Valley Reilly Childrenʼs Hospital KidsZone, Tootsie the Clown, fireworks. Tickets: $6; free, 2 And under. Parking: $5. 610-841-7447.

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Dorney Park: 9:30 p.m. July 4th         

Allentown: 6-9:30 p.m. J. Birney Crum Stadium, 21st and Linden streets

Includes performances by Xcape Hip-Hop Dance Group and Sharon Plessi School of Dance, music by Billy Bauer Band, James Supra Blues Band, Scott Marshall & Marshallʼs Highway Band, Jimmy Leahey Trio, Allentown police Department Youth Olympics, entertAinment stage At Cedar Beach park with food And craft beer vendors, fireworks show (9:30 p.m.). Rain date, July 5. 

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Macungie: Old Fashioned Fourth of July picnic

Begins 10 A.m. July 4 at Macungie Memorial Park with a parade of bikes, scooters, wagons and strollers, followed by Activities including a duck race in the creek (11 a.m.; $5 per duck), Macungie BAnd concert (11:30 A.m.), fire department And Ambulance corps displays, contests And games. Also, Bear Swamp Derby (races of MAtchbox type cars down a track). 

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Nazareth Kazoo Parade and Patriotic Program. 

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. July 4th at the High School and marches to council chambers on Center Street for a patriotic program.

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Palmer Township: 21st Annual Firecracker Four-Mile Race and Run July 4th. 

Sponsored by Family YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg, and Vicinity. Fairview Park, 3501 Fairview Ave., Palmer Township. Registration at 7 a.m. Starting time is at 8:30 a.m., run; 8:35 a.m., walk 9:30 a.m., Kids fun run. Entry fee: $30r

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Events July 3rd: Joe Miralles (5:30 p.m.) and Reservoir hill (9 pm), U.S. Army Field Band (7:30 pm, Levitt Pavillion). July 4th: Low Budget Kings (7:30 pm, Levitt Pavillion) and viewing of Bethlehem Fireworks on July 4th. Steelstacks, First Street and Founders way, Bethelem. Free. 

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The Allentown band

Performing patriotic music at 7:30 pm July 4th at Levitt Pavillion SteelStacks, 789 First St. Bethlehem

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Top 10 Firework Displays in the United States

1. New York, New York: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Now in its 43rd year, the nation’s largest fireworks display lights up the night over the East River. This year, fireworks will go off from and near the iconic Brooklyn Bridge while paying homage to the theme of “American cinema.” You can expect to see tributes to the Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Superman and E.T. through a very dramatic score. In the area? There’s no better vantage point than on the water via the Circle Line, Seastreak, or Spirit cruises.

2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks & Concert

Philadelphia lives up to its status as "America's Birthplace" by starting the celebration days ahead of July 4th! There are two firework shows before the big one on Independence Day itself. On the 4th, the city shuts down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway leading up to the Philadelphia Art Museum (where the fireworks will go off overhead) for the biggest “block party” you’ll enjoy. In the hours before the fireworks, you’ll also get to enjoy a concert featuring Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor. 

3. Washington, D.C.: Fireworks at the National Mall

Our nation’s capital goes big with a fireworks display illuminating the many significant historical monuments and memorials in the area. Viewing areas include the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials, among others. The best spot may be the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, especially if you arrive early to enjoy the live concert, A Capitol Fourth, put on by PBS. This year includes a salute to the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street and a performance of the 1812 Overture by the National Symphony Orchestra.

4. Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The nation’s oldest public Fourth of July celebration scores a 20-minute long fireworks display with music by the Boston Pops (this year, they’ll host special guest Queen Latifah). As with other shows, arriving early for a good spot will reward you with even more entertainment — like a 50th anniversary tribute to Woodstock by Arlo Guthrie.

5. Saint Louis, Missouri: Fair St. Louis

The Flaming Lips, Keith Sweat and Brett Young lead the entertainment at “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,” which takes place at the famous Arch. The fireworks show takes place nightly from July 4-6. Over the course of those three days, 15,000 pounds of fireworks will certainly let freedom ring.

BONUS: Our Favorite 4th of July Playlist

6. New Orleans, Louisiana: Go Forth on the River

There’s nothing quite like New Orleans’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Where else can you see two displays going off at once from dueling barges on the Mississippi River? You can see this show from really any part of town, but the closer you get to the river, the better! For an extra-special night, make a reservation to watch from the New Orleans riverboats: the Creole Queen and the Steamboat Natchez

7. Dallas, Texas: Addison Kaboom Town!

Located just outside of Dallas, Addison’s annual fireworks display routinely tops “best of” lists (including accolades from the American Pyrotechnics Association). While most fireworks shows go for 20 minutes, Addison's is one of the longest in the nation at 30! If you go, you’re in good company — the town of Addison’s population increases from around 16,000 to 500,000. Just make sure to arrive on the right day: The fireworks go off on the 3rd, not the 4th.

8. Pasadena, California: Americafest

One of Southern California’s largest fireworks display takes place at the Rose Bowl Stadium, where there’s plenty of seating to take in the spectacular scene. If you plan on getting there early — say, 2 pm — you can keep your little ones occupied at the Family Fun Zone held on-site.

9. Las Vegas, Nevada: Fourth of July Fireworks (multiple shows)

The Strip is a sight to see on Independence Day, and it’s not just because of the neon signs and fanciful casino light shows. From Mandalay Bay to Caesar’s, multiple casinos compete with shows and displays. It's up to you to decide which you like best!

10. San Diego, California: Big Bay Boom

If the name of this annual fireworks show rings a bell (and you’re not a local), it might be because of the famous 2012 viral video where all the fireworks in the 18-minute-long display went off in about 12 seconds. It hasn’t happened since, but the spectacle is no less spectacular in comparison.

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