The show is nationally acknowledged as one of the best in the country and features innovative and technologically advanced fireworks, everything from Italian electrical storms to shells suspended by parachutes.

Boston Fourth of July fireworks

No. 2: Boston - Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

You might say Boston takes its annual fireworks extravaganza pretty seriously.

After all, some 20 city, state and federal agencies collaborate to oversee the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which features four barges launching more than 10,000 firework devices in a 21-minute show.

Boston Harborfest, which kicks off in late June and continues through the Independence Day holiday, features more than 200 events besides the fireworks. You can expect concerts, kids' days, a chowder cook-off, cruises, tours and more.

But it's the fireworks that are the main event, with 400,000 to 700,000 spectators lining the Esplanade on the Charles River for the free show featuring live music from the Boston Pops Orchestra.

While the best seats for the concert won't give you a view of the fireworks, 30 sound towers will ensure every spectator on both the Cambridge and Boston sides of the river can have their concert and enjoy the fireworks too.

Washington D.C. fireworks over U.S. Capitol

No. 1: Washington DC - A Capitol Fourth

Thomas Jefferson hosted the first official Independence Day celebration on the lawn of his mansion more than 200 years ago.

Today that tradition lives on with the free A Capitol Fourth concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building.

The concert, featuring special guest performances accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, is followed by one of the nation's largest and most visually-impressive fireworks displays, lighting up the sky over the National Mall and the Washington Monument.

If you can't make it to D.C. for the Fourth of July, don't worry, the concert and fireworks is broadcast live every year by PBS and National Public Radio

And the fireworks are only one part of the festivities. Visitors to D.C. around Independence Day can also take in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where everything American, from food, crafts, concerts and more, is showcased along the National Mall, or the National Independence Day Parade down Constitution Avenue.