Friday, July 2, 2010
Celebrating Independence Day: Concerts with fireworks nationwide
Depending on where in the United States you are located, some of the finest orchestras will pay tribute to our country’s birth with the best entertainment around.
Nothing goes better with a grand fireworks display than a full symphony orchestra playing everything from the traditional John Philip Sousa marches to Tchaikovsky’s stirring 1812 Overture accompanied by a dazzling light display.
It’s an outing that you will remember for a lifetime.
Some of the programs are offered free, and most are set on wide public expanses that allow for picnicking.
Certain shows will actually be performed on alternative dates other than July 4 so check the list that follows and find the city or symphony nearest you; click on the link for informative details of the concert that is being offered, and make your plans for a spectacular Independence Day.
If you’d rather take a pass on the live orchestra, and are only seeking a fabulous pyrotechnic display or a fireworks show with synchronized music, the American Pyrotechnics Association offers a list that they created in 2009 of national alternatives here. As with the concerts, be sure to double check dates for the fireworks displays that are nearest you.
Should the weather not cooperate in your area, there is always the option of tuning in to the annual Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) presentation of the A Capitol Fourth, which is broadcast live on July 4 at 8:00 p.m. EDT / 7:00 p.m. CDT and recorded for rebroadcast in other markets. It’s a spectacular must-see presentation brought to you from our nation’s capital.
Check here to find your local PBS station.
Happy Birthday America!
Austin Texas Symphony
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Portland Symphony (Maine)
San Francisco Symphony