4th of July Fireworks: Where to Celebrate with Families in Westchester

Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means summer fun, barbecues and, of course, stunning pyrotechnics. Fireworks go hand in hand with the 4th of July, so the big question is, where to see a show? The famous Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is one option (if you're planning on trekking into NYC for the big event, check out our post about the best spots to watch with your family). However, if you prefer to stay closer to home, there are great displays happening all over Westchester County. Some celebrations take place before the holiday—there's even an event on July 1. And often the fireworks come with fairs, festivals and concerts, so there's lots to do and see. Read on for where to catch the best 4th of July fireworks in Westchester.

Finding Dinosaurs Throughout Connecticut with Kids

Dinosaurs—the word alone conjures up powerful images and a sense of mystery. Most children go through a dinosaur-loving period, often fueled by cartoons and movies. If your kids are enjoying such a phase now, they have embarked upon an exciting adventure, and there are many engaging destinations in Connecticut where they can pursue their Jurassic Park-like quest, whether your family enjoys science museums, amusement parks, or artistic expressions. And remember to check our Event Calendar regularly for special dinosaur-themed activities, like this week's Dino Days at Stepping Stones Children's Museum.

4th of July Fireworks Shows - Where To Watch in LA & OC

Who's ready for some rockets' red glare? LA and Orange County's many communities compete for sky space on July 4th, launching fireworks willy-nilly at the stroke of 9pm. From the mountains, to the valleys, to the ocean, Angelenos have plenty of directions to look on Independence Day. Whether your plan is to book a fireworks cruise, to lay a blanket in a park, or to close all the windows and try not to wake the baby, it helps to know where those firecrackers are being aimed. Below is a list of locations lighting up the night sky on the 4th of July (plus one on June 27).

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Blueberry Festival, Fairy Day, Baseball, June 27-28

Here’s hoping for a wonderful June weekend filled with sun and clear skies! There are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors in New Jersey this Saturday and Sunday: Sample delicious cannoli at the annual Italian-American Festival in North Wildwood, savor sweet fruit at the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival or build a whimsical garden house during Fairy Day at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. For some fun hands-on learning, experience a day of Spectacular Science at the Garden State Discovery Museum or roll up your sleeves and get digging at the Community Fossil Hunt at Poricy Park.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Hosting a Birthday Party at Your Home in Fairfield County, CT

Nothing, just nothing, is better than having your little one’s birthday party in your own home.  But love them as I do, home-based birthday parties can be a real headache.  Herding my own three kids is hard enough – the thought of adding ten more is nearly more than I can handle!  Fortunately, there's a simple solution: host the party at home, but outsource the entertainment. The best of both worlds! Below are several outfits that will come to your Fairfield County home and put on a birthday party – money well spent! For more party ideas check out our Party Guide!

Weekend Fun for Kids in the Hamptons & North Fork, June 26-28

Memorial Day may have marked the unofficial start of summer, but East Enders know the season doesn’t really begin until the end of the school year, which is this week! As students start their break on the North and South Forks, abundant summertime activities for kids take over. This weekend alone, you can treat your family to a car show, nature walks and a magic spectacle.

And for more fun in the area, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Brick Fest Live!: Lego Fun for NYC Kids at the NY Hall of Science

If you have a Lego lover at home, you won't want to miss Brick Fest Live!, an unofficial Lego fan celebration taking place at Queens' New York Hall of Science this week. This touring Lego experience offers hands-on fun for all ages and skill levels, from casual builders to die-hard fanatics, including a Lego video game arcade, multiple building areas, a racetrack for Lego cars and amazing plastic brick creations, including some that glow in the dark!

My 10-year-old son and I just got back from Brick Fest Live!, and if you've got a Lego-obsessed kid like mine, this is a must-do event. Bonus: It's FREE with regular museum admission!

4th of July Fireworks Around Boston (Not on the Esplanade)

If you’re looking for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day, but the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade seems a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of other great options. Towns around Boston put on their own 4th of July displays that are just right for families with young children. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks and festive Independence Day activities happening June 27th through July 4th.

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