- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2005

The nation’s capital has been named one of the best places in the country to watch Independence Day fireworks.

Washington came in fifth in AOL CityGuide’s “Top Ten Booms With a View,” a list voted on by visitors to the Web site www.aol.cityguide.com, “recognizing the very best Fourth of July fireworks displays nationwide.”

The area’s “iconic monuments” make the District’s annual show “an awe-inspiring Independence Day display,” according to the site’s editors.

Ranked tops in the nation was New York City’s Fourth of July show, sponsored by departmental store Macy’s, produced by the legendary Grucci family and thought to be the most expensive Fourth of July fireworks display in the United States.

Second place went to Boston’s Fourth of July show, featuring the Boston Pops orchestra. The annual show at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota was ranked third, and the show at Disney World in Florida was fourth.

“Fourth of July is one of the most anticipated events of the summer, as shown by the spike in the number of searches we’ve seen for ‘fireworks’ in recent weeks,” said Scott Richman, vice president and general manager of AOL CityGuide.

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