By: Melanie Haiken & Tarah Chieffi  | From: The Points Guy

It's time to break out your best red, white and blue finery ... and maybe some earplugs, too (including for pups!).

America's birthday is nearly upon us, and cities and towns across the U.S. are celebrating with all-out parades, fun events and patriotic pyrotechnic parties that light up the night sky.

There's nothing wrong with backyard sparklers and poppers (in areas without high fire danger, that is) and homegrown festivities. However, if you want to see the country's biggest, brightest and most spectacular fireworks displays, and experience the events that go with them, we've rounded them up for your viewing pleasure.

San Antonio

When: July 5 at 9 a.m.

This year, San Antonio inaugurates a new all-day event, "Stars & Stripes Salute," taking place at Alamo Plaza and featuring an evening drone show above the Alamo narrated by country music artist Pat Green.

The day's schedule includes performances by the U.S. Air Force Rock Band, the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, Opera San Antonio, the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio and other groups, along with family-oriented activities and food trucks for lunch, dinner, treats and beverages.