Best Restaurants for Watching the Fireworks

The Daily Meal rounds up prime restaurants across the country for viewing fireworks this Fourth of July

Happy 236th birthday, America!

Many of us probably spent most childhood Independence Days at parades and festivals, eating hot dogs and snow cones, and ending the day lying on the itchy grass watching the fireworks. 

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And while it can be very nostalgic to pack a picnic dinner and scope out a prime outdoor spot, spending the Fourth enjoying an expertly prepared meal with a stellar view can make the holiday extra special. 

With that in mind, The Daily Meal rounded up a selection of restaurants in 16 cities across the country where you can celebrate American independence, while avoiding the crowds… and the itchy grass. 

Every restaurant included in this story has confirmed that the fireworks displays are visible. For some, you need to call for reservations, others require tickets, and for some, you just need to get there as early as possible. 

In Atlanta, try going to the rooftop patio of the W Atlanta-Buckhead by purchasing a ticket. In Houston, listen to Sara Evans and Billy Currington sing, then head on over to Lucio’s BYOB and Grill and grab a turkey leg. If you find yourself in Philadelphia, take a seat at the ancient City Tavern for a barbecue. 

Watching fireworks on the Fourth of July is an American tradition, so don’t skip out on the fun because you want to avoid the crowds — try one of our restaurants with a great view instead.