More than two centuries afterPhiladelphians launched America’s first July 4th fireworks in 1777(one year after The Declaration of Independence was adopted), firework shows are still the biggest and brightest of all Independence Day traditions.
Each year people gather across the US to see the amazing pyrotechnics that commemorate the birth of America. Some cities really outdo themselves.
Here’s a look at 11 of the most expensive and enormous firework shows lighting up the night this Fourth of July.
Liz O’Connor contributed to an earlier version of this article.