Top 9 Places for 4th of July Fireworks on the Water


Top 9 Places for 4th of July

Fireworks on the Water


Every year on the 4th of July, Americans take time to celebrate their freedoms and enjoy time with family and friends. There are many great activities and traditions that have become staples of our Independence Day festivities, but none are quite as iconic as the grandiose spectacle that dates all the way back to the very first Independence Day – Fireworks!  And while there is no bad way to view a good firework show, one of the most unique vantage points from which to observe the brilliant display in the sky is standing on the deck of a boat, looking straight up from the water. This year, enjoy the show from the privacy and safety of your own vessel, in the company of only your selected crew, and make this holiday a truly memorable experience for everyone onboard.  


Best cities to watch the fireworks on the water:

With so many beautiful waterways across the country, it was difficult to narrow down the best options, but here are a few of our favorite spots to drop anchor or tie up with your fellow boaters and enjoy the show.

Boston, Massachusetts

This year the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will mark its 49th year as one of the nation’s proudest holiday traditions. The July Fourth concert in 1976 attracted more than 400,000 people and made the “Guinness Book of World Records” for the largest audience in the history of orchestral concerts (a record since broken with the 1998 attendance of 500,000+ and many others exceeding that figure). David Mugar, who served as event founder and executive producer until 2016, personally funded the event until 2000. This years’ Fireworks Spectacular will include a special moment in his memory. 

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Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Esplanade

Enjoy the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular from the docks or on the sailboats at Community Boating, the nation’s oldest public sailing program, located just steps from the Hatch Shell. For tickets and more information, visit

Seattle, Washington

Voted one of the nation’s best fireworks shows by USA TODAY and Business Insider, Seafair Summer Fourth takes place in one of the best natural amphitheaters to experience the power and artistry of fireworks. Summer Fourth features a fully choreographed fireworks presentation accompanied by a musical score and a host of pre-show activities during the day. Summer Fourth offers several free and reserved seating options and multiple vantage points to enjoy the show, Lake Union for an overhead view, Gas Works Park for a hilltop view, and Lake Union Park for a darker sky view. Each location offers its own unique experience.

Chicago, Illinois

One of the best times to experience summer in Chicago is the Fourth of July. Head to the lakefront to catch not one, but two spectacular fireworks displays. Navy Pier, the iconic Chicago destination, will host their free annual waterfront fireworks show on both Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4. You can catch the 15-minute show from anywhere north or south of Navy Pier along the waterfront, including beaches, rooftop bars, and parks. 

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Marina del Rey, California

The fireworks show on Monday, July 4, 2022 starts at 9 p.m. and lasts 20 minutes. This is a popular event, with visitors traveling to the area from throughout the Southland. So, please check the schedule to make the most of your visit in the area and decide the events you wish to be part of. 

Miami, Florida

The Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival, over the Atlantic Ocean in North Miami Beach, is one of the most popular events of the season. To find out the events and the best places to enjoy the day, please visit their website.

New York, New York

The annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks might be the largest display of fireworks. Macy’s has confirmed they are launching the fireworks on July 4, 2022 from 5 barges in the East River. In 2022, Macy’s will launch from 5 barges in the East River. Enjoy the fireworks over the East River. As everybody knows, the BEST view of the fireworks is from the water. Plus, it doesn’t matter where the fireworks are – you’ll always have a front row spot! 

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Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Recognized as one of the most magnificent Independence Day celebrations on the Northern Oregon Coast, Rockaway Beach is the preeminent place to be on the fourth of July. Rockaway Beach’s celebration sends up the fireworks after a day marked by a big parade, wiener dog races, beach treasure hunts, and more.

Washington, D.C.

The National Park Service will once again host the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration on the National Mall, the nation’s most important civic space and home to more than a dozen memorials that commemorate great Americans and significant events in our nation’s history. The display will be held on Monday, July 4, starting at 9:09 p.m. and will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. And of course, fireworks are even more impressive when viewed on the Potomac River.

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Tampa, Florida

Boom by the Bay celebration encompasses four different fireworks displays over 2.5 miles along the water. Whether it’s live entertainment, kids games, food trucks or live shows this event has something for every member of the family. Washington, D.C.

No matter where your plans take you this year, be mindful of possible Coast Guard waterway restrictions, and remember to follow these simple Boating Safety Tips. Have a happy and safe 4th!


Your next boat awaits you

If you’re still wondering which boat you will celebrate Independence Day on this year, look no further. These listings and many more are available for sale at  Rick Obey Yacht Sales. Call us today to explore the many features, elegance and adventures that await you.

YOUNG HEARTS was well thought out when built and is loaded with almost every option available from the manufacturer.

Throughout the main deck there is a strong focus on creating generous, usable sociable spaces. 


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2021 68′ Sunseeker Manhattan “Young Hearts”


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2013 80′ Sunseeker Predator “Woodever”

With a top speed of 32 knots and zero speed fin stabilizers, WOODEVER, this impeccably-styled sport yacht will get you from point A to point B both quickly and comfortably. 



ALEXA, the 86′ 2018 Sunseeker Yacht is a high spec vessel with stunning interior that is welcoming with warm, satin finish American Black Walnut joinery, lots of natural light, hand-finished furnishings and state-of-the-art technology.


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2018 86′ Sunseeker Yacht “Alexa”


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2007 40′ Sea Ray Sundancer “It’s All Good”

IT’S ALL GOOD is the ultimate overnight boat with spacious staterooms, fully equipped galley and outdoor wet bar, she will certainly tend to all of your yachting needs. With her Sundeck foreword and sweeping aft deck this Sundancer “It’s All Good” is ready for her next adventure.



This yacht is currently part of a day chartering business that not only brings in revenue to offset the monthly cost, but also generates additional funds that pay for the owner‘s vacations on the yacht to the Bahamas.

There’s no requirement to remain in the chartering business if the new owner has other plans for the vessel.


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2007 78′ Ferretti 780


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2021 52′ Astondoa 52 Flybridge “UnCorked”

As a sport cruiser, UNCORKED feels like a much larger yacht, yet handles with ease, emphasizing the outdoors. The flybridge adds sporty function and style, accommodating a sun pad and L-shaped seating that surrounds the helm station covered by a hardtop that employs a retractable canvas sunroof. 


For more information about the Astondoa range, available for sale at Rick Obey Yacht Sales, please visit Astondoa Yachts page, or contact us at:

RICK OBEY YACHTS SALES  2525 Marina Bay Drive West
Suite 201
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954) 980-8121

Whatever your needs are, our team of yacht professionals is prepared to go through the entire process giving you a positive, stress-free experience. Just contact us now and enjoy the 4th of July fireworks from your own, new boat. 



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