Braving the crowds for the 4th of July? We've mapped where to watch the best fireworks shows in ski towns from Stowe to Tahoe. But beware patriots: while you are celebrating 'Merica, make sure to do so responsibly. Fire danger in the mountains is no joke, and it's good to check with the local visitor's bureau to make sure the shows are still going off as planned. As any ski town local will tell you, high winds or hot temperatures can cancel a show faster than you can take down that PBR. Many high-country locales, like drought-plagued Tahoe, have also prohibited any and all firework or other pyrotechnic devices. The professional shows listed here are still on schedule, but make sure you check local restrictions before you bust out those sparklers.
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