From the sun-kissed shores of the Golden State to historic harbors along the tip of Maine, skylines from sea to shining sea will proudly be glowing red, white and blue this weekend.
As Americans prepare to celebrate the day that marked their independence with barbecues, parades and pool parties, here’s a preview of the most spectacular patriotic fireworks and LED light shows the nation can expect to see on Saturday night.
Since its LED makeover in late 2012, the lights on top of New York’s most iconic building have complemented Macy’s legendary Fourth of July fireworks production. Dancing, fluttering, sparkling and moving in endless combinations to classics like Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York”, the LEDs are timed to mirror the grand finale of the fantastic explosions that take place over the Hudson River.
Aside from Independence Day, the Empire State Building illuminates for several other special events and national holidays throughout the year, including pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and green for St. Patrick’s Day. The Fourth of July collaboration with Macy’s, however, is by far the 102-story building’s biggest, most visible display yet.
Boston Pops — Boston, Massachusetts
As is annual tradition, the Boston Pops Orchestra will perform a free concert at the Esplanade in Boston, Massachusetts, this July 4th. Each year, the show draws more than a half-million people to the patriotically lit Hatch Shell and is broadcast live on Boston’s local TV station, WBZ-TV.
Specializing in light classical music, the Boston Pops performs delightful tunes that help build anticipation for the city’s awe-inspiring fireworks choreography over the banks of the Charles River.
Walt Disney World— Orlando, Florida
On July 3rd as well as the 4th, the Magic Kingdom theme park at Disney World will celebrate the traditions, spirit and music of the United States with a special 15-minute fireworks show and whimsical light display of the American flag on the iconic Disney castle. Using all perimeter firework sites, the show gives a 360-degree effect from inside the park while more than 1,500 shells will be launched.
When paired with spectacular aerial fireworks displays such as these in New York City, Boston and Orlando, the brightness and colors of LED lights help make special holidays shine that much brighter.
Happy Fourth of July from Rubicon Technology!