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The Country’s Best Firework Cruises

May 09, 2018

Like fireworks, but don't like the big crowds and obstructed views that come with them? Get away from it all with firework cruises. These boat rides let you coast away from the crowds and into the still seclusion of the surrounding lake, river, or ocean. If this sounds ideal, check out the following best firework cruises across the country.

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Disney Fireworks Cruise

Of course, no list of firework boat tours would be complete without a mention of the Disney Fireworks Cruise. This magnificent tour on the water takes you away from sweaty masses of people and instead lets you roam freely on a boat as you watch either the IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth or Happily Ever After fireworks displays. 

Whether you choose to go to Epcot or Magic Kingdom, you'll get to experience the synchronized music and visual displays that land-goers enjoy. These cruises also include a wide variety of snacks and beverages to satiate your hunger. Since the private boats are small and can fit between eight to 18 guests, they're perfect for gathering up the whole family and enjoying the night together.

New York City Fireworks Cruise

New York City is one of the best places in the world to catch fireworks on the Fourth of July, so it should be no surprise that they also have some of the best chances to catch fireworks on a boat. For example, the cruise from Circle-Line Sightseeing gives you front-row access to the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

As the world above you explodes in vibrant color, you'll get to rock out to the beats of a live DJ. When you tire of dancing and need an energy boost, snack on the July 4th themed buffet, beer, and wine included in the cost. The cruise starts at Pier 83, continues to the Statue of Liberty, and then navigates down the East River so you'll have a perfect view of the Brooklyn Bridge as the sky turns to dazzling rainbows.

Baltimore Fireworks Cruises

Baltimore is a city filled with history, but it's also a place that knows how to put on a killer fireworks show. In 2018, you'll have the option of several firework boat tours to catch the stars cracking overhead, starting with the Baltimore Independence Day Fireworks Cruise from Cruises on the Bay.

This cruise leaves from the Baltimore Finger Piers and takes you on a three-hour journey around Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Light snacks are included in your ticket, and there will be a full bar available if you get thirsty.

You can also catch the Charm City New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise on December 31, which also leaves from the Finger Piers. This time, you'll take the Raven, and you'll be able to watch the fireworks above you from the open-top deck.

These are just a few of the best ways to see fireworks on a boat throughout the country. You'll also want to look into cruises at Navy Pier in Chicago, cruises on the bay in San Diego, and cruises through Boston. Until then, satisfy yourself at home with our large selection of fireworks.