NYC to Long Island: Where to Celebrate July 4

As we head into summer and prepare to wish America a happy 242nd birthday, we’re reminded of our freedom with celebrations taking place across the country. The epitome of celebration itself, fireworks show promise to light up night skies as we party on land and by sea. And even though July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, there will be no shortage of events and sparklers across the state. From New York City to Eastern Long Island, and everywhere in between, check out the best ways you can celebrate.

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Macy’s July 4 Fireworks

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Touted as the nation’s largest July 4 fireworks show, the Macy’s annual event is sure to be another stunner. Sparks will fly from barges anchored in the East River with 20 new shells and effects creating sparkling neon pinwheels, pulsing hearts and swirling water fountains. The light show reaches heights three times higher than the Statue of Liberty. No effect, or expense, is spared. Though the popular fireworks cruise has sold out, you can watch along the river as they illuminate Manhattan’s already-glittering skyline. Click to go

230 Fifth Rooftop

Why not celebrate in style on New York City’s largest outdoor rooftop garden? 230 Fifth, known for its igloo bar in the cooler months, will host an all-day bash from 12pm until 2am. Enjoy a summer barbecue and fireworks in the evening while sipping on refreshing cocktails like the gin cucumber mojito, jalapeño margarita, frozé or NYC mule. For those really ready to get down, bottle service table reservations are available for two to 12 guests. Click to go

Coney Island, Brooklyn

Coney Island in itself is one of those rare, nostalgic places that has maintained its old charm. In the summer it lights up fireworks every Friday night, allowing you to get your fix before or after the holiday. On July 4, the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place. Catch a glimpse of the competition, ride the Cyclone, walk the boardwalk and spend time at Brighton Beach, which is another ideal spot to watch the fireworks. Click to go

Jones Beach

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When you think of summer on Long Island, one place that certainly comes to mind is Jones Beach. Expected to attract more than 100,000 people, the Jones Beach fireworks show sponsored by Sterling National Bank promises to be colorful and patriotic. For those who wish to view the show from the water, the Laura Lee Fleet will take passengers around the bay. Food and drinks are included in the ticket price. Click to go

Alive on 25 Meets Fireworks

Riverhead’s popular night block party takes place on select Thursdays in the summer. This year, it happens to fall on July 5, offering the town an opportunity to couple the event with its annual Independence Day fireworks show. Bands like Who Are Those Guys, The Vibe, Boom Shot and Mambo Loco will be playing at local East Main Street restaurants starting at 5pm before lighting up the night sky at 9pm. Click to go

1863 Independence Day Celebration in Old Bethpage

What’s an American holiday without a parade? Keeping it old school and true to its roots, the annual 1863 Independence Day Celebration by Old Bethpage Village Restoration recreates a July 4 celebration on Long Island at the start of the Civil War. Honoring service men and women, attendees are invited to bring their own picnic lunch to the National Patriotic Picnic to enjoy band concerts, fiddle music, games, rifled musket firings, and of course, a patriotic parade and ceremony. The fun begins at 10am. Click to go

Port of Egypt Raft-Up

Certainly one of the most magical ways to enjoy fireworks shows is watching them over the water, but why stay on the shore? Port of Egypt Marine is hosting two raft-ups, inviting boaters to join them in Orient Harbor on Saturday, June 30 and again at Crescent Beach, Shelter Island on Saturday, July 7. All are welcome and boats will be meeting outside of Port of Egypt Marina at 7pm to follow the leader. Too many friends and family members, or don’t have a boat of your own? Fans can watch the fireworks aboard Peconic Cruise Line. Click to go

The Great Bonac Fireworks

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Celebrating all things East End, The Clamshell Foundation is hosting its annual Great Bonac Fireworks show over Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton. Watch from the beach at Maidstone Park, Sammy’s Beach, Gann Road or any of the beaches off of Hands Creek Road, Springy Banks Road and the head of Three Mile Harbor. Of course, watching by boat is an ideal option. The annual fireworks display began in the early 1970s when writer and actor George Plimpton began hosting fireworks parties at his summer homes in Sagaponack and Amagansett. Because of Plimpton’s love for Paris, the show will take place on Bastille Day, Saturday, July 14 at 9pm. Click to go

Montauk Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Board the Viking Star ship for a memorable July 4 evening in Montauk. Mingle at Sammy’s at the Harbor for the pre-boarding party beginning at 6pm before getting on the vessel for a buffet picnic-style dinner that includes beer and wine. Classic rock band, The 3 B’s, will perform throughout the evening. Fireworks will begin around 9:15pm and the boat makes its way back to port at 11pm. Don’t let a rain scare get you down. A rain date is scheduled for July 5. Advance ticket purchase is required and sells out fast! Click to go