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 Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 9:20pm
WHERE: East River
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Take in the most spectacular fireworks display of them all.
WANT TO GO? https://www.macys.com/social/fireworks/.

FREE The Great July 4th Festival
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 10am-6pm
WHERE: South Street Seaport, 12 Fulton St., Lower Manhattan
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day while sampling food and browsing goods from dozens of vendors at this fun and free street fair. 
WANT TO GO? 212-732-8257. southstreetseaport.com.

Fourth of July Events in Brooklyn 

Nathan's Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest 2019
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Nathan's Famous Restaurant, 1310 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. The world’s top competitive eaters. Ten minutes to glory. It all goes down on the Fourth of July at the corner of Surf and Stillwell!
WANT TO GO? 718-946-2202.  nathansfamous.com/hot-dog-eating-contest.

FREE Independence Day in Prospect Park
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 12-5pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance for family-friendly programming to celebrate two Independence Days: America’s independence from England in 1776 and the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans in New York in 1827 Lefferts Historic House. The event also features nature exploration at the Prospect Park Audubon Center and a ride on the Carousel.
WANT TO GO? 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

4th of July Independence Day 2019 Family Fireworks Cruise
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 6:30-11pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 8th St.
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Sailing from Brooklyn Army Terminal to the East River for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular under the stars.
WANT TO GO? 929-276-318. fabscrap.org.

FREE Macy's 4th of July Fireworks 
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 9:20pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All ages
WHAT: At this year's July 4th Macy's Fireworks celebration, four fireworks barges will line up close to Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, and will make the iconic Brooklyn Bridge the star of the show. The best Brooklyn neighborhoods to get a great view include Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO.
WANT TO GO? 212-494-4495.  macys.com/social/fireworks.

FREE Staten Island Philharmonic Concert & Fireworks
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 6-9pm
WHERE: Alice Austin House, 2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island
AGES: All ages
WHAT: The sweet sounds of the Staten Island Philharmonic on the lawn are followed by viewing citywide fireworks displays from the waterfront.
WANT TO GO? 718-816-4506. aliceausten.org/events.

FREE Travis Parade
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 12pm
WHERE: P.S. 26 and Showplace Entertainment Center, 141 E. Service Road, Staten Island
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Travis hosts one of the oldest consecutive Independence Day celebrations in the United States. The festivities start at noon with a ceremony at the reviewing stand, in front of P.S. 26 (4108 Victory Blvd) between Wild and Melvin Avenues.
WANT TO GO?  travisparade.org.

FREE Coney Island Fireworks
WHEN: July 4-5, 9:30-10pm
WHERE: 1208 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Enjoy singing karaoke with family and friends on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of Deno's Wonder Wheel, and then watch the fireworks illuminate the sky! Fireworks show is at 9:30pm.
WANT TO GO? 718-372-5159.  coneyisland.com

Fourth of July Events in Queens 

FREE 4th of July Night Market 2019
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 3pm-12:30am
WHERE: LIC Flea & Food, Fifth Street and 46th Ave., Long Island City
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Come grab a bite and a beer before and after viewing the most spectacular fireworks show in the USA! Located just 1 block behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign the market has the biggest selection of food and flea vendors in Queens plus an All-Queens Beer Garden.
WANT TO GO? 718-224-5863 x206.  licflea.com.

FREE Omar's 4th of July Block Party!
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 2-6pm
WHERE: Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, 5351 111th St., Corona
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Celebrate the holiday weekend with live DJ music, dance contests, fun games, and magic shows. Omar’s unique mix of creativity, passion, amusement, and magic will keep guests of all ages on their feet and entertained!
WANT TO GO? 718-788-2676.  fantasyforestnyc.com.

Fireworks Night
WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 7pm
WHERE: Citi Field, 120-01 Roosevelt Ave., Corona
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Fans will be treated to a fireworks display after the game. 
WANT TO GO? 718-507-8499.  mlb.com/mets.

Stars & Stripes Racing Festival
WHEN: Saturday, July 6, see website for schedule
WHERE: Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Spend the holiday weekend at Belmont Park! Live racing features 5 graded stakes headlined by the first legs of the new Turf Triple Series. Make your reservations in the Garden Terrace to get a gourmet meal and the best view of all the day’s action.
WANT TO GO? 844-697-2849.  nyra.com/belmont/tickets/events.

Fourth of July Events on Long Island

Fourth of July Events in Nassau County

FREE Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 12-4pm
WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site invites you to bring your family and friends, dressed in your best patriotic attire, to join the day-long outdoor activities, all of which are free and open to the public.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=3172C91E-C9A9-A49F-289A15DEC51C9B64.

FREE Sterling National Bank 4th of July Fireworks
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 9:30pm
WHERE: Jones Beach State Parkway, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Jones Beach State Park hosts the Sterling National Bank July 4th fireworks show, which is set to a musical array of patriotic songs. 
WANT TO GO? 516-780-3295. https://parks.ny.gov/events/event.aspx?e=4-25032.

1864 Independence Day
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Old Bethpage Restoration Village, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day at OBVR: historic trade demonstrations, contra dancing, brass band concerts, military drills, fiddle music, and a parade and ceremony at 2:30pm.
WANT TO GO?  631-930-9054. www.obvrnassau.com/.

Fourth of July Events in Suffolk County

4th of July at Adventureland
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 11am-10pm
WHERE: Adventureland, 2245 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Fourth of July at Adventureland is something you don't want to miss! Spend the holiday riding the rides, playing games, and making memories with all your family and friends!
WANT TO GO? 631-694-6868. www.Adventureland.us.

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FREE Parade of American Flags
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Heritage Park, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mt. Sinai
AGES: All ages
WHAT: One hundred national, state, territory, and local flags will be displayed exhibiting the growth of our nation. Walking between these flags and reading about our history will lift your spirits, promote pride in our country, and remember those who have served our nation. 
WANT TO GO? 631-509-0882. msheritagetrust.org.

FREE Red, White & Blue Week
WHEN: July 1-7, 2-4pm, Closed July 4
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Did you know Long Island’s early whalers were proud patriots? In honor of Independence Day, kids can enjoy creating patriotic crafts all week at self-serve stations. 
WANT TO GO? 631-387-3418.  cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Fourth of July Events in Westchester County 

FREE Kensico Dam Music Fest and Fireworks
WHEN:
Wednesday, July 3, 6-9:45pm
WHERE: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Road, Valhalla
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Pack a picnic and bring the family to this Independence Day holiday celebration! Entertainment begins at 6 p.m., followed by a concert of patriotic music at 8 p.m., and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Admission and parking free. Carpooling suggested.
WANT TO GO? 914-231-4033.  https://events.westchestergov.com/eventdetail/35795/11/kensico-dam-music-fest-and-fireworks.

FREE Independence Day Celebration
WHEN:
Thursday, July 4, 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: St. Paul's Church N.H.S., 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mt. Vernon
AGES: All ages
WHAT: A traditional July 4th celebration featuring music, speeches, refreshments, reading of the Declaration of Independence, and tolling of the historic St. Paul's church bell - 13 times.
WANT TO GO? 914-667-4116.  www.nps.gov/sapa

Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks
WHEN:
Thursday, July 4, 8pm
WHERE: Caramoor Center for Music and the Art, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah
AGES: All ages
WHAT: The Westchester Symphonic Winds perform a selection of works that pay tribute to America’s independence. The evening includes a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs performed by Caramoor Schwab Vocal Rising Star alums Madison Leonard and Shea Owens, and ends with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, followed by a spectacular fireworks display!
WANT TO GO? 914-232-5035. www.caramoor.org.

Fireworks
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 9:30-10pm
WHERE: Rye Playland, 1 Playland Pkwy, Rye
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Watch the Playland sky light up with a dazzling display of color and glittering explosions all set to heart pounding music.
WANT TO GO? 914-997-2642. ryeplayland.org.

FREE Spark the Sounds Fireworks by Grucci
WHEN:
Thursday, July 4, 9:30pm
WHERE: Hudson Park and Five Island Park, 1 Hudson Park Road and 99 Le Fevres Lane, New Rochelle
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Cap off your holiday evening with a viewing of the grand fireworks display at the New Rochelle waterfront.
WANT TO GO? 914-654-2087. newrochelleny.com.

Red, White, and Blue Scavenger Hunt
WHEN:
Thursday, July 4, 9am-4pm
WHERE: The Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Join the Zoo as it celebrates Independence Day with an educational natural history talk, Animal Bytes, at the Bald Eagle exhibit on July 4 throughout the afternoon -- with lots of Q&A. There’s a scavenger hunt featuring the Zoo’s naturally red, white, and blue animals! Snowy owls, Red panda, Blue Poison Dart frogs, and more.
WANT TO GO? 203-394-6563. beardsleyzoo.org.

FREE July 4th Parade
WHEN:
Thursday, July 4, 10am
WHERE: Peekskill Fire Department, Washington St., Peekskill
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day with the town of Peekskill. Start - Washington Street to South Street to Division Street to Main Street to Broad Street and ending at the Central Firehouse.
WANT TO GO? peekskillfiredepartment.org.

FREE Independence Day Celebration
WHEN:
Saturday, July 6, 7:30pm
WHERE: Trophy Point Amphitheater, 117-119 Washington Road, West Point
AGES: All ages
WHAT: There’s no better way to celebrate America’s independence than 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. As always, this performance concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the Hudson River.
WANT TO TO CELEBRATE? 845-938-2617. westpointband.com.

Fourth of July Events in Rockland County 

FREE Fireworks & Concert
WHEN: Tuesday, July 2, 6-10pm
WHERE: Nanuet High School, 103 Church St., Nanuet
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Enjoy inflatable bouncers, a Rockland County Radio Control Club flying demonstration, a concert by "FDR Drive" (Motown, R&B, Pop Hits), and fireworks. Refreshments available for purchase. Rain Date: July 3.
WANT TO GO? 845-639-2000. town.clarkstown.ny.us.

FREE Independence Day Commemoration
WHEN:
Thursday, July 4, 1pm
WHERE: Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park, 44 Battlefield Road, Stony Point
AGES: All ages
WHAT:  Celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States! Illustrated Lecture- Development of the Declaration - 1:00 PM, Reading of the Declaration of Independence - 2:45 PM, and Firing of Cannon - 3:00 PM.
WANT TO GO?  845-786-2521. parks.ny.gov.

FREE Independence Day Cannon Firing Program
WHEN:
Thursday, July 4, 12pm
WHERE: Fort Montgomery State Historic Park, 690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Celebrate American independence with the firing of the fort's artillery!
WANT TO GO? 845-446-2134. parks.ny.gov.

FREE Village of Nyack Fireworks Display
WHEN:
Friday, July 5, 9pm
WHERE: Nyack Memorial Park, Depew Avenue, Nyack
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Please join the Village of Nyack for their annual Fireworks Extravaganza over the Hudson River!
WANT TO GO? 646-775-1492. visitnyack.com.

Fireworks & Rockland Boulders vs. New Jersey Jackals
WHEN: Sunday, July 6, 6:30pm
WHERE: Palisades Credit Union Park, 1 Palisades Credit Union Park Drive, Pomona
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Saturday Fireworks Extravaganza and see the Rockland Boulders take on the New Jersey Jackals.
WANT TO GO? 845-364-0009. rocklandboulders.com.

Fourth of July Events in Bergen County

FREE Little Falls 4th of July Street Fair
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 10am-5pm
WHERE:
Little Falls PBA #346, 89 Main St., Little Falls, NJ
AGES: All ages
WHAT: The street will be transformed into a giant town block party. There will be merchandise vendors, crafters, kiddie rides, great food, pony rides, and entertainment all day long.
WANT TO GO? jcpromotions.info.

The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 6pm
WHERE: Veteran's Field, 131 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ
AGES: All ages
WHAT: There are many viewing points for Ridgewood’s annual fireworks display, but the best is Vet’s Field where the ground works are set up. 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 show-stopping pyrotechnic display brings spectators from miles around, so come early, pack the bug spray, and bring a blanket or beach chair.
WANT TO GO? ridgewoodjuly4.net.

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