Independence Day Events For Families In and Near NYC

Independence Day Events For Families In and Near NYC

Independence Day Events For Families In and Near NYC

Independence Day is a popular holiday celebrated by many New Yorkers and is one that be celebrated with the whole family! When you aren’t getting ready for a family BBQ, head over to any of these fun Independence Day activities and events happening all weekend long.

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Mommy & Me Cooking Class: Red, White & Blue Cupcakes

Taste Buds Kitchen, 109 W. 27th St., 10th Floor, Chelsea
Saturday, July 1, 9-10am
Ages 2-8 with a grownup
$59 includes adult

Have fun while making patriotic cupcakes with your little one!  

8th Annual Independence Day Celebration

Castle Clinton at The Battery, Battery Park
Tuesday, July 4, 10am-12pm
All ages

This celebration of Independence Day has been a long standing tradition in Lower Manhattan.

The festivities will begin with a 10am Flag Raising Ceremony led by the Veteran Corps of Artillery of the State of New York and their Annual Salute to the Nation, marchers will assemble at 10:45am for the parade which will end at South Street Seaport Pier 16.

In the afternoon, Fraunces Tavern Museum will have an open house from 2:00-5:00pm. There is also the first It Happened Here program at 2:00pm.

Celebrate Independence Day!

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
Tuesday, July 4, 11 am – 5 pm
All ages
$22; $17 seniors; free admission for ages 17 and younger

Enjoy a fun-filled day of learning about America’s past through crafts, stories, and objects in the galleries.

The 47th Annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks

Along the East River
Tuesday, July 4, 9:25pm
All ages

America’s celebration of the summer will be jam-packed with serious star power, electrifying performances & heart-pounding pyrotechnics, with the U.S. ARMY Field Band providing a grand orchestral backdrop that’s as moving as the Fireworks display itself.


Birding: Patriotic Birding

Seton Falls Park, Baychester Avenue and Crawford Avenue
Sunday, July 2, 1-2pm
All ages

In honor of Independence Day, learn more about various species of birds that feature red, white and blue colors.

Independence Day Trivia

Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Road
Monday, July 3, 4pm
Ages 13 and up

Teens, test your knowledge on how July 4th became the holiday we all know and love through playing a round of trivia!

Independence Day Craft: Fireworks in a Jar

Baychester Library, 2049 Asch Loop
Monday, July 3, 4pm
Ages 5-12

Celebrate the 4th of July early with a fun experiment.


4th of July Craft Workshop – DIY “Sparkless” Sparklers

Kings Highway Library, 2115 Ocean Ave., Sheepshead Bay
Friday, June 30, 3 – 4 pm
Ages 6 and older

Make your own fun, safe, “sparkless” sparklers for your Independence Day celebration!

4th of July Fireworks 2023

Skyline Drive-In, 1 Oak St., Greenpoint
Tuesday, July 4, 9pm
All ages
$21.99-$129.99; $10 additional fee for optional kid section

Make it an unforgettable Fourth of July with a perfect view of the Macy’s NYC firework show! Concession with food, snacks, Alcoholic and nonalcoholic will be available for purchase on-site. Stay after the fireworks for a free screening of Back To The Future!


Independence Day Puppets Craft

Queens Public Library Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Avenue, Hollis
Monday, July 3, 12-1pm
Ages 0-5

Celebrate the 4th of July with a funny puppet craft!

39th Annual Independence Day Celebration

Astoria Park Great Lawn, 19th street & 23rd Avenue, Astoria
Thursday, June 29, 7:30 – 11:30 pm
All ages

Celebrate Independence Day with a special musical performance by the Swingtime Big Band followed by the spectacular Grucci fireworks!

Staten Island

Design Your Own Bottle Rocket

St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave.
Friday, June 30, 3:30pm
Ages 5-12

Kids will design their own sand bottle rocket craft. All materials will be provided. 

Independence Day Weekend

Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.
Saturday-Sunday, July 1-2; 10am-4pm
All ages
$15-20; free for ages 5 and younger

Celebrate our country’s independence at this exciting and festive event featuring crafts, activities, home-made treats and more.

Meet costumed interpreters and historians portraying soldiers, tradespeople and founding fathers. Sign your name to a copy of the Declaration of Independence. 

All American Patriotic Music

Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St.
Sunday, July 2; 4-6pm
All ages

Enjoy this fun concert featuring patriotic music in celebration of July 4. 

Fireworks Painting for Little Munchkins

Huguenot Park Library, 830 Huguenot Ave.
Monday, July 3; 11-11:30am
Ages 2 to 5

Kids will paint pictures of fireworks, learn about the history of Independence Day and freeze dance to some of America’s greatest hits! Best for new walkers, toddlers and children at this developmental stage.

Travis 4th of July Parade

Showplace Entertainment Center, 141 East Service Rd.
Tuesday, July 4, 12:30-1:30pm
All ages

Celebrate Independence Day at this popular Staten Island parade. This year’s Grand Marshal is Rich Platt, who received the honor posthumously, having volunteered on the parade committee for 10 years. His dedication extended from parade line-up to parade cleanup and beyond.

Fourth of July Block Party

Empire Outlets, 55 Richmond Terr.
Tuesday, July 4, 3-10pm
All ages

Enjoy face painting, balloon animals, music and more. Fireworks around 9pm!

Fourth of July Concert

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr.
Tuesday, July 4, 5-8pm
All ages

Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the Staten Island Philharmonic’s free, outdoor 4th of July concert.

Long Island, Nassau County

“Celebrate America” Fireworks & Show

Eisenhower Park- Lakeside Theater, Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow
Saturday, July 1, 7-10pm
All ages

Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks spectacular by Grucci including a special drone & laser light show along with a performance by the winner of the “Battle of the Bands.”

Fourth of July Poolside Family BBQ

The Mansion at Glen Cove, 200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove
Tuesday, July 4, 11am-4pm
All ages
$75; $40 ages 3-10

Celebrate Independence Day around the pool, play games, enjoy a delicious BBQ buffet and more.

Celebrating The 4th of July at Sagamore Hill

Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay
Tuesday, July 4, 12pm
All ages

Renowned Theodore Roosevelt reenactor Joe Wiegand will be spending the afternoon meeting visitors, reading the Declaration of Independence, walking the grounds, and posing for photos and selfies at the “Presidential Photo Booth”.

The event also features free tours of the Roosevelt Home, the Calliope Brass Band, a special Junior Ranger Program, assorted lawn games and crafts for kids, historical exhibits at the Old Orchard Museum, as well as a variety of walking and self-guided touring options throughout the park.

July 4 – Fireworks Spectacular 2023

Jones Beach Central Mall, 2400 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
Tuesday, July 4, 9:30 pm
All ages
Included with $10 parking fee

See this Fireworks extravaganza above the shores of Jones Beach State Park. Arrive early as lots fill up fast. This year, WALK 97.5 FM and KJOY-98.3 FM will simulcast patriotic music during the fireworks presentation.

Holiday Fireworks Cruises

Freeport Water Taxi & Tours, 211 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport
Tuesday, July 4, 8pm
Agse 5 and older
$65; $45 ages 5-10

Set sail for an unforgettable evening of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day!

Long Island, Suffolk County

July 4th Weekend Celebration

Tanger Outlets Riverhead, 200 Tanger Mall Drive, Riverhead
Saturday, July 1, 12-4pm
All ages

Head to the Tanger 2 Pedestrian Plaza for fun giveaways, yard games and more!  Snap a selfie near the Giant Uncle Sam Hat and Lady Liberty! 

Postgame Fireworks Spectacular with the Long Island Ducks

Fairfield Properties Ballpark, 3 Court House Drive, Central Islip
July 1-3, Saturday-Monday, 6:35pm
All ages
Tickets start at $16

See the Ducks take on the Staten Island Ferry Hawks, then stay for a spectacular fireworks display.

14th Annual Heritage Day

Village Lane, Orient
Sunday, July 2, 12-4pm
All ages

The festivities begin with a parade followed by a welcome and invocation at the Old Point Schoolhouse, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, “God Bless America” sung by Franklin Mastrangelo, and the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Oysterponds stalwarts.

Afterwards, all are invited to Poquatuck Park for hot dogs, sweet treats, kids’ games, and music by Oysterponds favorites the Mudflats.


Englewood’s Fireworks Celebration

Dwight Morrow High School, 274 Knickerbocker Road, Englewood
Wednesday, June 28, 7:30pm
All ages

Start the celebration early with Englewood’s Fireworks Celebration!

Home Depot: Fireworks Bean Bag Toss

Home Depot, 2024 Palisades Ctr Drive, West Nyack
Saturday, July 1, 9am-12pm
All ages
Advanced registration required

Spark your child’s interest in fireworks safety with a beanbag toss game featuring a creative design twist. After decorating their bean bag board, kids will experiment with variations to the rules of the game.

Independence Day

Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, 690 Rte 9W, Fort Montgomery
Saturday, July 1, 12-3pm
All ages

Enjoy a special Independence Day celebration with Musket Firing Demonstrations, Fife and Drum Music, and Battlefield Tours that will take place throughout the day.

Paramus 4th of July Pre Fireworks & Food Truck & Music Fest

Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Sunday, July 2, 12-9pm
All ages
$6 admission ages 5 and older

Check out 18+ food vendors, and activities for all ages including, a bounce house, air soft shooting gallery, range, bungee trampoline, inflatable, village sand, art , Henna Tattoo, live music, and so much more!

4th of July Celebrations with the New York Boulders

Clover Stadium, 1 Palisades Credit Union Park Dr., Pomona
July 3-4, Monday-Tuesday, 6 pm
All ages
Tickets start at $14

Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display when the New York Boulders take on the Ottawa Titans.

Independence Day Celebration at New Windsor Cantonment

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, 374 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor
Tuesday, July 4, 10am-5pm
All ages

Celebrate Independence Day with a military drill and cannon firing at 2:00 PM, followed by children’s musket drill. At 3:00 PM, visitor assisted reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by another military demonstration.

Tykes Tuesday: Jess Pudd’in

Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
Tuesday, July 4, 1-2pm
Ages 0-12
Advanced registration required

Join Jess Pudd’in for a patriotic-themed cupcake decorating event where little ones can showcase their creativity and enjoy a delicious treat.

West Point Independence Day Celebration

West Point Trophy Point Amphitheater, 117-119 Washington Road, West Point
Tuesday, July 4, 7pm
All ages

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, performed by the world-class Soldier-Musicians of the West Point Band.

As always, this performance concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the Hudson River.