Do you know why we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks? July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells, and fireworks.

Independence Day, is now a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and continues to be celebrated with fireworks. And the best place to view fireworks? On board your boat!

Below is a roundup of some of the best SailingHubb sailing towns with a drinking problems places to watch firework displays.

NEWPORT, RI 9:15 pm Newport Harbor –  The best place to watch is in Newport Harbor facing west.

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Newport Harbor Fireworks


Falmouth, MA 8:45 PM Falmouth Heights Beach– Fireworks will begin at Falmouth Heights Beach on Grand Avenue.

DID YOU KNOW: In the year 1781, Massachusetts was the first state to recognize Independence Day as a holiday. Some places even launch cannons, along with hosting bonfires and sailboat races.

Nantucket Drinking Sailing Shirt

Marblehead, MA 9:00 PM Marblehead Harbor-  Harbor Illumination is scheduled to start at 9:00 PM when flares are lit all around the perimeter of the harbor, creating a magnificent ring of light that sets the stage for the main event.


CHARLESTON, SC  Patriot’s Point Events Begins at 4 pm – Easiest access by water. Simply anchor off the USS Yorktown in the Cooper River or grab a slip at Charleston Harbor Marina (check for availability and reservations). Fireworks are launched just off the bow of the USS Yorktown, a historic Essex-class aircraft carrier.

Charleston SC Fireworks

Key West, FL Fireworks in Key West will be launched off the White Street pier. But the best place to see the show is from the water. Don’t miss out on this fun experience.

A Key West tradition is to head out on a boat to enjoy the show, the night sky, calm water, and of course – cold beverages.

Where will you be watching this year?

Cover Photo: Liz Baum Photography