5 Pyrotechnics Guild International Convention
Most fireworks shows take place on the Fourth of July, but to see the truly greatest fireworks display in the country, one has to wait until August for the Pyrotechnics Guild International Convention. The convention includes a competition where the top fireworks professionals in the world battle for the club trophy, testing out their most creative, awe-inspiring and innovative pyrotechnic techniques, which are rarely seen outside of the convention.
4 Macy’s Fireworks, New York
3 Walt Disney World, Florida
No one does fireworks like Disney. The theme park not only has daily fireworks shows, but also ups the ante for special occasions with multimedia displays and parades. They use so many fireworks that the Disney Company is the top consumer of fireworks in the country, which has prompted concerns over pollution from chemical by-products. Fortunately, Disney is innovating compressed-air fireworks to reduce smoke and water contamination.
2 Ala Moana Beach, Hawaii
1 Addison, Texas
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the fireworks. The fireworks show in Addison is so large it’s been dubbed, “Kaboom Town,” and includes war plane fly-bys, food, music and multimedia displays. The Addison fireworks display has been voted a must-see by “Reader’s Digest,” Yahoo, Forbes, the Travel Channel, ABC News, the American Pyrotechnics Association, “Travel + Leisure” and many other outlets.