Fireworks and Other 4th of July Events in the NYC Area

Fireworks and Other 4th of July Events in the NYC Area

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UPDATED June 2017: Let freedom ring! Here are the best 4th of July events in the New York City area, including historical Independence Day celebrations, where to see fireworks in NYC, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, and more! 

Here's where to celebrate the 4th of July in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland CountyBergen County, and on Staten Island and Long Island, including Nassau and Suffolk counties.
 

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Manhattan

FREE 41st Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 9:20pm
WHERE: East River
AGES: All
WHAT: The 41st Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will again light up the famous Brooklyn bridge and feature the most fantastic display of pyrotechnics around. There will also be musical entertainment including vocal talent from artists including Jamie Barton and Craig Campbell. Each year, nearly 50,000 pyrotechnic shells are used during the 25-minute synchronized display that takes months to plan. If you want to snag a good spot, arrive very early and be prepared to wait, or tune into NBC at 8pm ET. See this map for the best viewing locations.
WANT TO GO? 212-494-4495. macys.com/fireworks.

Independence Day: Celebrating American Identities
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, all day
WHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: If you aren't headed to the beach why not learn something about America on its birthday at this day of activities at the New-York Historical Society? Visitors can salute U.S. soldiers and citizens of the past and meet reenactors representing different Americans from the Revolutionary War, take part in a trivia quiz, and create fun crafts that explore what it meant to be an American, eat hotdogs, and more. All activities, including performances and quizzes, are free with Museum Admission, and no RSVP is required.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $20; $15 seniors, educators, and active military; $12 students; $6 for children (5–13 years old); free for children ages 4 and younger. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org.
 

FREE The Great July 4th Festival
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Fulton Street and Water Street, Tribeca
AGES: All
WHAT: Spend the holiday browsing at this market with food, clothes, jewelry, home decor, and more.
WANT TO GO? 212-809-4900.
 

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Brooklyn 

FREE Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 11:30am
WHERE: Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk, Surf Avenue and West 19th Street, Coney Island
AGES: All
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. nathansfamous.com.
 

FREE Independence Day at Prospect Park
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 12-5pm
WHERE: Prospect Park, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Prospect Lefferts Gardens
AGES: All
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. prospectpark.org.
 

FREE Lefferts Historic House Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 2-4pm
WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Flatbush
AGES: All
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. prospectpark.org.
 

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July on Staten Island 

FREE South Beach Fireworks
WHEN: June 21-Aug. 30, Wednesdays, dusk
WHERE: South Beach, Father Capodanno Boulevard and Sand Lane, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Wednesday nights promise to explode with family fun—and not just because of the ever­popular fireworks displays that will light up the sky this summer. The Boardwalk Grill is open, Uncle Louie G’s ices are cooling, the cotton candy and popcorn carts are ready to roll, and warm weather fun is just getting started at the boardwalk. Check website for information on cancelled shows and rain dates.
WANT TO GO? 718-816-6804. boardwalkdays.com.
 

FREE Travis July 4th Parade
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 12:30pm
WHERE: Victory Boulevard, Parade begins at P.S. 26, 4108 Victory Blvd., Staten Island
AGES: All
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.
WANT TO GO? travisparade.org.
 

FREE Independence Day with the Staten Island Philharmonic
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 6-10pm
WHERE: Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island
AGES: All
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. aliceausten.org.
 

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Queens 

Omar’s Fourth of July Block Party at Fantasy Forest
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 2-6pm
WHERE: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 5351 111th St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Happy 4th of July! At this party hosted by Omar Olusion, come 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! Fantasy Forest Amusement Park is located next to the Queens Zoo in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Fantasy Forest is home to The Flushing Meadows Carousel, The Corona Cobra Coaster, and other fun attractions and games. 
WANT TO GO? Rides and concession stand prices vary. 718-788-2676. nycgovparks.org.

Hot Jazz/Cool Garden: James Williams and The Swamp Donkeys
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 2pm
WHERE: Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate America's birthday Satchmo Style at the home of an American original. Jazz extraordinaire and former Queens resident Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, who always celebrated his birthday on the Fourth of July. Sample some of Louis' favorite foods: red beans n' rice, sweet tea, and birthday cake. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a music performance by another of New Orleans' talented musicians. The Jazz House from BBC Radio called James Williams "very much a Louis Armstrong soundalike" but noted "he is resolutely his own man." Together with his band the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, James has won the Battle of the Bands at French Quarter Festival in New Orleans the past two years in a row with his renditions of Louis Armstrong favorites like "That's My Home" and "Up a Lazy River." The band performs this summer at festivals across the UK and Europe, and they have become perennial JazzFest favorites each spring in New Orleans. James Williams was selected Featured Summer Artist at the Louis Armstrong House Museum for Summer 2017. The band also plays at the Blue Note on July 4 in the evening before returning to their European tour. 
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-478-8274. louisarmstronghouse.org.
 

Whale and Dolphin Adventure Cruises
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Riis Landing, 169th Street and Rockaway Point Boulevard, Breezy Point
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day by catching a glimpse of Rockaway's latest visitors. Yes, it's true...whales and dolphins have been spotted in the waters of Rockaway, New York! Set sail in search of these beautiful mammals, hop aboard The American Princess for a Whale Watch/Dolphin Watch Adventure Cruise for a relaxing cruise and what promises to be an amazing afternoon.
WANT TO GO? $48; $43 seniors; $33 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. 718-474-0555. americanprincesscruises.com.

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July on Long Island

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Suffolk County 

FREE Parade of American Flags
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Heritage Park in Mount Sinai, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai 
AGES: All
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. msheritagetrust.org.
 

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Nassau County

Party at the Park at Belmont
WHEN: Fridays, June 2-July 7, 3pm
WHERE: Belmont Park Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
AGES: Teen and adult
WHAT: “Party at the Park” is a Friday feature at Belmont with a special first race post time of 3pm for fantastic twilight racing and a party that includes food and drink specials along with a live concert following the conclusion of live racing.
WANT TO GO? $5. 718-641-4700. nyra.com/belmont.
 

Polo at Bethpage State Park
WHEN: Sundays, June 4-Aug. 20, 3pm
WHERE: Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Polo is a great competitive sport. Come and enjoy an afternoon of excellent polo games at Bethpage State Park. A treat for the whole family.
WANT TO GO? $5; $8 vehicle fee. 631-669-1000. bethpagepolo.com.
 

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Westchester County 

Wolves on Fourth of July
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 2pm 
WHERE: Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem
AGES: All
WHAT: Come join the Wolf Conservation Center on the 4th of July to learn why wolves are so special. 
WANT TO GO? Pre register. $14; $11 for children younger than 12. 914-763-2373. nywolf.org
 

Independence Day Fair
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Rotary Club of Bedford-Armonk, John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay Street, Katonah
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the day right with a reading from the Declaration of Independence, Colonial games, petting zoo, pony rides, and lots more. It will be a day that the whole family will enjoy.
WANT TO GO? Free admission. 678-428-9279. bedfordarmonkrotary.org.
 

The Stars Come Out at Boscobel
WHEN: June 3-Aug. 5, 9am, 10am, and 11am
WHERE: Boscobel House, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison
AGES: Children ages 5 and older
WHAT: An inflatable planetarium lets you gaze up at the night sky. Look for star patterns Cygnus the Swan, Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Polaris the North Star, and more. An exciting, entertaining, and enlightening experience.
WANT TO GO? $10. 845-265-3638. boscobel.org.
 

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Rockland County 

Palisades Fair
WHEN: June 29-July 9, Fridays, 5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1pm
WHERE: Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a rides, delicious food, games, and live entertainment and shows including The All New Lion & Tiger Show, Lance Gifford's Magic & Illusion Show, Las Vegas Hypnotist Show, plus Cowtown USA and Barnyard Petting Coral, and much more! Children can learn all about cows and agriculture at the all-new Cowtown USA Exhibit!
WANT TO GO? $7; free for children younger than 2; ride prices vary. 845-358-1602. palisadesfair.com.
 

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Bergen County

FREE Paramus 4th of July Celebration Concert and Fireworks Display
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 6:30pm-10pm
WHERE: Cliff Gennarelli Sports Complex, Garden State Plaza Parkway, Paramus
AGES: All
WHAT: Come celebrate Independence Day! Enjoy a free concert by the Paramus Community Orchestra, with the Paramus Players, followed by the annual fireworks celebration.
WANT TO GO? 201-261-3344. paramuschamber.org.
 

Ridgewood July 4th Fireworks Celebration
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, parade 10am, fireworks at dusk
WHERE: Parade along South Monroe Street and Godwin Avenue, entertainment and fireworks at Veteran's Field, Ridgewood
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day at the 107th annual Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration. This year's theme is “Honoring Those Who Serve.” There will be a flag raising at Wilsey Square at 9am and a parade that begins at 10am rain or shine along South Monroe Street and Godwin Avenue. Gates open at Veteran's Field at 6pm for evening entertainment featuring The Stilettos, Take 4 and the Dad’s Night Band. There's a 50/50 drawing at 8:30pm and fireworks will start immediately following the evening entertainment at dusk at Veteran's Field.
WANT TO GO? Parade is free. Fireworks $10 advance tickets, at the gate $15; $10 children ages 6-12; free for children 5 and younger. ridgewoodjuly4.net.
 

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