There's no denying that when it comes to sparklers Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks is the main event in NYC. But it's certainly not the only explosive display in town this season. Some of these fireworks shows honor our nation's birthday, others just celebrate summer in the city.
Here are a bunch of places and dates you can catch fireworks in New York City—besides the East River on the Fourth of July.
New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Central Park
The Great Lawn
Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18
The famed orchestra is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Concerts in the Parks Program with a city-wide tour of outdoor evening concerts in four boroughs. There will be fireworks by Bay Fireworks after four of those performances, including these two in Central Park.
Jersey City Freedom and Fireworks Festival – Lower Manhattan
Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ
Saturday, July 4 at 8pm
Although this fireworks display is technically on the NJ side of the Hudson, since the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will serve as the backdrop, you should be able to see the sparklers from Lower Manhattan. Battery Park and Battery Park City will offer the best views, and you might even be able to glimpse them from Brooklyn's eastern waterfront.
New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Prospect Park
Long Meadow Ballfields
Friday, June 19 at 8pm
After the top-notch classical program, enjoy a fireworks display.
July 4th Fireworks Show – Coney Island
Coney Island Beach and the Boardwalk near Steeplechase Pier
Saturday, July 4 at 9:30pm
Want to see sparklers on July 4th but don't want to deal with the Macy’s Fireworks crowds? Then head to Coney Island for a fireworks display right on the beach in honor of our nation's birthday. Better yet, make a day of it by arriving in time to catch another Independence Day tradition, Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, and then hitting Luna Park, Deno's Wonder Wheel and the New York Aquarium.
Coney Island Boardwalk – Coney Island
The boardwalk between West 10th and West 15th Streets
Fridays at 9:30pm through August 21
Can't make it out to Coney on July 4th? There are fireworks displays every Friday night right on the boardwalk through late August.
MCU Park – Coney Island
1904 Surf Avenue at West 17th Street
Select home games through Sunday, September 5. Click here for the complete schedule.
Free with admission
More fireworks in Coney: Regardless of which team wins, the Brooklyn Cyclones will set off sparklers over the baseball diamond after a half-dozen games this season, mostly on Saturday nights. Plus the stadium offers a perfect view of the Friday night display on the beach. If you can't make it for a fireworks game, check out one of these other fun promotions at the area's minor league ballparks.
Independence Day Celebration – Rosebank
Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Boulevard
Saturday, July 4
The Staten Island Philharmonic celebrates Independence Day with a free outdoor concert before the sky lights up.
Back to the Beach Celebration – Midland Beach
Midland Beach Splash Plaza
Saturday, July 11
This free community event will include live music, kiddie carnival-style entertainment, vendors, food and games. Fireworks light up the sky at the event's end.
Richmond County Bank Ballpark – St. George
75 Richmond Terrace at Hamilton Avenue
Select home games through Friday, September 4. Click here for the complete schedule.
Free with admission
Not to be outdone by their Brooklyn rivals, the Staten Island Yankees also sponsor pyrotechnics at their stadium, (just steps away from the ferry terminal), usually on Friday and Saturday evenings. So spend the day in the attraction-filled St. George and then end your outing with a bang.
2015 Independence Day Celebration – Astoria
Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and pool
Wednesday, June 30
The West Point Band plays a festive concert and then sparklers light up the sky.
Bayside Historical Society Concert – Bayside
Fort Totten Park
Wednesday, July 1
The Bayside Historical Society sponsors this annual celebration, which includes a concert by Phil Costa and the Something Special Big Band followed by fireworks.
Fireworks at Citi Field – Flushing
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue
Saturday, August 1
Free with admission
After the Mets' game against the Nationals, the team will set off sparklers inside the stadium but the fireworks should be visible outside to those in the vicinity.
New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Van Cortlandt Park
Enter from Broadway near West 251st Street. Concert site is north of the baseball fields.
Tuesday, June 23 at 8pm
After the classical program, enjoy a fireworks display.
New York Salutes America Fireworks Extravaganza – Pelham Bay
The boardwalk at Orchard Beach
Thursday, June 25 at 6pm
Join more than 10,000 revelers for this family-friendly kickoff to summer hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and State Senator Jeff Klein. There will be live performances and carnival-style, kid-friendly entertainment and an eating contest before the sparklers fly to the sky.
It's also worth checking out nyc-fireworks.com which has a pretty comprehensive list of fireworks shows in the tri-state area.
Check out our Summer Fun Guide for additional seasonal fun.
This post was originally published in July 2010.