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Fireworks and Other Fourth of July Events in the NYC Area

Fireworks and Other Fourth of July Events in the NYC Area

Happy Fourth of July!

On July 4, 1776, America claimed its independence from England and has been a free nation since. What better way is there to celebrate America’s independence than to let freedom ring at a Fourth of July event or activity near you? From fireworks shows to historical reenactments, fairs and festivals, arts and crafts, parades, concerts, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, and more, take advantage of all of the outdoor and summertime festivities and find patriotic ways to celebrate one of America’s favorite holidays around the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland CountyBergen County, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.


Fourth of July Events in Manhattan

FREE 42nd Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 9:25pm
WHERE: East River, , New York
WHAT: This year’s pyrotechnic spectacle will mark Macy’s Fireworks largest display since the Millennial Celebration with more than 75,000 shells and effects launched from seven barges positioned in midtown on the East River, accompanied by a rousing patriotic score from the West Point Band and Glee Club and featuring a special rendition of “God Bless America” from Kelly Clarkson.
WANT TO GO? 212-494-4495.

FREE Making Magic with Ethan
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2pm and 4pm
WHERE: Pier 62 Carousel, Hudson River Park between 22nd and 23rd streets, Chelsea
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Ethan’s philosophy is that magic is meant to be created and shared with people; it should not simply be designed to trick the crowd. Together, both Ethan and the audience create an amazing show. Guests of all ages should come out and be surprised!
WANT TO GO? 718-788-2676.


Fourth of July Events in Brooklyn 

FREE Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 12pm
WHERE: Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk, Surf Avenue and West 19th Street, Coney Island
WHAT: Gather on the beach to watch this annual competitive eating contest, which has become an Independence Day tradition. In this yearly showdown, qualified contestants have 10 minutes to eat as many Nathan's Famous hot dogs as they can.
WANT TO GO? 516-338-8500.

FREE Independence Day at Prospect Park
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 12-5pm
WHERE: Prospect Park, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Prospect Lefferts Gardens
WHAT: Spend Independence Day in Prospect Park enjoying family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House, and the Carousel. Take part in nature activities, arts and crafts, and take your first ride of the year on the carousel.
WANT TO GO? 718-287-3400.

FREE Lefferts Historic House Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 2-4pm
WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Flatbush
WHAT: Celebrate America's birthday and one of the greatest documents ever written. Look extra patriotic as you make yourself a plumed hat to wear while signing your own "John Hancock" on a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence.
WANT TO GO? 718-789-2822.

Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 7-9pm
WHERE: The Old Stone House's Washington Square Park, 336 3rd St., Park Slope
WHAT: All ages are invited to participate in this acoustic slow jam meet-up featuring music from Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and Scandinavian traditions. Bring an acoustic instrument and sheet music if you need it.
WANT TO GO? $5. 718-768-3195.

FREE Free Fireworks
WHEN: Through Aug. 31: Fridays, 9:30pm
WHERE: Coney Island Boardwalk, Boardwalk and West 10th Street, Coney Island
WHAT: Enjoy a free fireworks show at Coney Island from high atop Deno's Wonder Wheel on the Boardwalk.


Fourth of July Events in Staten Island 

FREE Travis July 4th Parade
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 12:30pm
WHERE: Victory Boulevard, Parade begins at P.S. 26, 4108 Victory Blvd., Staten Island
WHAT: Join this historic small-town Independence Day parade in Travis. Originally known as Travisville, the town was named for Colonel Jacob Travis who resided here before the Civil War. The town went through several name changes throughout the years before officially becoming Travis again sometime between 1920 and 1930. Since the parade's inception in 1911, participants have marched down Victory Boulevard from Cannon Avenue to Glen Street in the community’s annual Independence Day parade.

FREE Independence Day with the Staten Island Philharmonic
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 6-8pm
WHERE: Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island
WHAT: Hear the sweet sounds of the Staten Island Philharmonic on the lawn followed by viewing citywide fireworks displays from the waterfront.
WANT TO GO? 718-816-4506.

Fourth of July Events in Queens 

FREE Omar's 4th of July Block Party
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2pm and 4pm
WHERE: Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, 111th St & 55th Ave, Corona
WHAT: Come celebrate the holiday with live DJ music, dance contests, fun games, and magic shows. Omar’s unique mix of creativity, passion, amusement, and magic will keep everyone on their feet and entertained!
WANT TO GO? 718-788-2676.

FREE Jewelry Making for 4th of July
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3, 5pm
WHERE: Woodside Library , 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make some patriotic jewelry and get in the spirit for the nation's holiday!
WANT TO GO? 718-429-4700.

The Great Miguelino
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2pm and 4pm
WHERE: Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village, Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven
WHAT: Miguelino’s tricks will leave some guests in awe while making other guests laugh. Volunteers from the audience will be chosen to help him with his spectacular magic tricks.
WANT TO GO? see website for ride and game pricing. 718-788-2676.

Hot Jazz Cool Garden: Terell Stafford
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2pm
WHERE: Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona
WHAT: Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Price includes Red Beans 'n Rice and Sweet Tea, plus a complimentary historic house tour pass good for six months.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-478-8274.

Young Chefs: Happy 4th of July!
WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 10:30am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day by making a delicious and unique ice cream sundae. Enjoy these summer treats while playing a patriotic trivia game in the Meditation Garden. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $24. 718-229-4000.


Fourth of July Events on Long Island

Fourth of July Events in Nassau County

FREE Drop in 4th of July Craft
WHEN: Monday, July 2, 12-4pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Create a patriotic craft to celebrate the U.S.A.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330.

July 4th Fireworks Show
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 9:30pm
WHERE: Central Mall, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
WHAT: The annual fireworks show, sponsored by Sterling National Bank, continues the Fourth of July tradition on Jones Beach with family-friendly activities and live music paired during the pyrotechnic display.
WANT TO GO? $10 per car.

FREE Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay
WHAT: July Fourth was an important holiday for Theodore Roosevelt, who often spoke at the festivities in Oyster Bay and gathered his extended family and friends at Sagamore Hill for a day of celebration.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788.

Fourth of July Events in Suffolk County

FREE Happy Birthday America
WHEN: Monday, July 2, 6:30-7:15pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Children will celebrate the USA with a variety of patriotic crafts.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883.

FREE Parade of American Flags
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Heritage Park in Mount Sinai, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai 
WHAT: This patriotic, symbolic, and educational feature includes all state flags, flags from our nation's colonial period, Suffolk County flags, Old Glory, Armed Forces, and more. All are welcome to learn about the growth of our nation and refresh their pride for the United States. Parade will begin at the bald eagle signpost at the south end of Heritage Park for general public.
WANT TO GO? 631-384-8900.

FREE Stars Over Montauk
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 9:15pm
WHERE: Kirk Park Beach, South Emerson Drive, Montauk
WHAT: Visit Kirk Park Beach, better known as Umbrella Beach, for a show from Fireworks by Grucci. Watch the display over the ocean just west of Montauk Village.
WANT TO GO? 631-668-2428.

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FREE Firework Salt Painting
WHEN: Thursday, July 5, 2pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Create a piece of art to celebrate Independence Day. Registration and Westhampton Free Library card required.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335.

Red, White & Blue Week
WHEN: July 1-6, 2-4pm; closed July 4
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day all week with lots of help-yourself patriotic crafts as we honor whalers, who were our country’s first patriots.
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children ages 4-18; free for children younger than 4 and for fathers today. 631-367-3418 .

Patriotic Polymer
WHEN: July 5-8, Thursday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Make the perfect patriotic phlubber using the materials provided.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277.


Fourth of July Events in Westchester County 

FREE Kensico Dam Music Fest and Fireworks
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3, 6:30pm
WHERE: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Road, Valhalla
WHAT: Head on over to the dam for entertainment at 6pm, a concert of patriotic music at 8pm, and then the fireworks show at 9:15pm.
WANT TO GO? 914-231-4033.

FREE 4th of July Fun
WHEN: Monday, July 2, 11-11:45am
WHERE: Larchmont Public Library, 121 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Hear some fabulous Independence Day stories, create fireworks in a jar, and make your own firework painting. Ticket required.
WANT TO GO? 914-834-2281.

FREE Fireworks & Summer Concert
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3, 7-10pm
WHERE: Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
WHAT: As part of the shopping center’s Summer Fest, watch the annual fireworks show and summer concert performance from the FDR Drive Band on the Summer Fest stage. The fireworks will be displayed from the north parking lot at 9:30pm.
WANT TO GO? 914-968-9570;

FREE Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: St. Paul's Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon
WHAT: A traditional July 4th celebration featuring music, speeches, refreshments, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and tolling of the historic St. Paul's church bell.
WANT TO GO? 914-667-4116.

Holiday Fireworks
WHEN: July 3-4, Tuesday-Wednesday, 9:30pm
WHERE: Playland Park, 1 Playland Park, Rye
WHAT: Take in special holiday fireworks choreographed to patriotic music on the pier.
WANT TO GO? $15. 914-813-7010.

Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 8pm
WHERE: Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah
WHAT: Enjoy the sounds of Leonard Bernstein alongside other grand symphonic works with the esteemed Westchester Symphonic Winds and two stellar alumni from Caramoor’s Schwab Vocal Rising Stars. Then, stick around for a proper ending to the evening with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and fireworks.
WANT TO GO? $30 and up. 914-232-5035.

FREE Independence Day Fair
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 11am-4pm
WHERE: John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah
WHAT: The celebratory, family-friendly Independence Day Fair honors America's founding and has Declaration of Independence readings, petting zoo, stilt walker, log cutting, 18th-century equestrian demonstration, pony rides, crafts, face painting, historic house tours, hayrides, live music, discovery centers, fishing, pet adoption, student art show, food from the grill, and more.
WANT TO GO? 914-232-5651.

FREE Spark the Sound Fireworks by Grucci
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 9:30pm
WHERE: Hudson Park and Five Island Park, 1 Hudson Park Road and 99 Le Fevres Lane, New Rochelle
WHAT: Cap off your holiday evening with a viewing of the grand fireworks display at the New Rochelle waterfront. Optimum viewing locations include Hudson and Five Islands Parks and waterfront restaurants.
WANT TO GO? 914-654-2087.

FREE New Paltz in the War for Independence
WHEN: Saturday, July 7, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot St., DuBois Fort Lawn, New Paltz
WHAT: Witness a Revolutionary War encampment with the 5th New York Regiment. Additional demonstrations and displays will reveal aspects of civilian life, including candle making, woodworking, musket ball and cartridge manufacturing, and colonial cooking.
WANT TO GO? 845-255-1660.

FREE West Point Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, July 7, 7:30pm
WHERE: Trophy Point Amphitheater, 117 Washington Road, West Point
WHAT: Celebrate America’s independence with the Army’s oldest band. Grab a blanket, bring a picnic, and enjoy a wide variety of music ranging from traditional field music to today’s popular hits, and everything in between.
WANT TO GO? 845-938-2445.

FREE Peekskill 4th of July Celebration and Summer Concert Series
WHEN: July 4-Aug. 1, Wednesdays, 7pm
WHERE: Riverfront Green Park, Hudson Avenue and Route 9, Peekskill
WHAT: Set yourself up for free outdoor concerts on five Wednesday evenings this summer. The fun starts on on July 4th with fireworks immediately following an R&B music concert. Other weeks include country, soul, rock, and jazz.
WANT TO GO? 914-734-7275.


Fourth of July Events in Rockland County 

Great American Weekend
WHEN: June 30-July 1, Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 9am - 5pm, Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 10am - 5pm
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church Park, 33 Park Place, Goshen
WHAT: Annual two-day celebration on the Goshen Village green featuring more than 150 craft vendors, antiques, exhibits, live entertainment, children’s rides, food vendors, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission.

FREE Clarkstown Fireworks
WHEN: Monday, July 2, 5-8pm
WHERE: Nanuet High School, 103 Church St., Nanuet
WHAT: Celebrate with family, fireworks, and live music. Festivities begin at 5pm, the concert takes place at 8pm, and fireworks start at 9pm.

Rockland Boulders - 4th of July
WHEN: Sunday, July 1, 5pm
WHERE: Palisades Credit Union Park, 1 Palisades Credit Union Park Drive, Pomona
WHAT: Stay after the game for the Independence Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza!
WANT TO GO? $15 box seats; $12 bleachers. 845-364-0009.

FREE Celebrate Independence!
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2pm
WHERE: Stony Point Battlefield and Lighthouse, 44 Battlefield Road, Stony Point
WHAT: Senior Historian Michael Sheehan will present an illustrated talk on the proceedings of Congress in early 1776, featuring the parts played by John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence, followed by a reading of the Declaration by a costumed interpreter, an artillery drill, and firing demonstration.
WANT TO GO? 845-786-2521.


Fourth of July Events in Bergen County

Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, July 1, 10am-3pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Common, 10 Sunset Lane, Tenafly
WHAT: The whole family will enjoy amusements, games, food, and fireworks to follow at approximately 9pm behind the Tenafly High School.
WANT TO GO? free admission.

Fireworks Show
WHEN: Sunday, July 1, 6pm
WHERE: Cliff Gennarelli Sports-plex, Garden State Plaza Parkway, Paramus
WHAT: A fun celebration with fireworks, food, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission.

The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 6pm concert; 9pm fireworks
WHERE: Veteran's Field, 131 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood
WHAT: Food trucks are on site and local musical groups perform at the Kaschau Bandshell while the crowd waits for the sun to set before the big show. This pyrotechnic display brings spectators from miles around, so come early, pack the bug spray and bring a blanket or beach chair.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 children ages 6-12.

FREE Independence Day Concert & Fireworks
WHEN: Saturday, July 7, 6pm concert; 9pm fireworks
WHERE: Finch Park, 205 Church St., Ramsey
WHAT: Enjoy live music before the fireworks show.

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Main image: Watch the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show along the East River.
Kent Miller