29 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in Philly Without Fireworks

It’s time to celebrate America! While you might think no 4th of July is complete without a celebration of fireworks, we have found 29 events around the region that are firework-free but full of American pride and good old fashioned family fun! From readings of the Declaration of Independence to music and movies, the region is full of ways to celebrate our Independence that don’t keep us up late at night or include any of the rockets red glare or bombs bursting in air.

Best Events for Preschoolers in NYC This Summer – Mostly Free!

Summer may be the best time to have a preschooler in New York City. Yes, the days are longer, but there is so much to do! From free concerts and festivals to swimming, sand-sculpting, and star-gazing, not a week goes by without outings and activities that will truly make lasting summer memories.

With this list of our best picks for summer events with your preschooler, you’ll find yourself wanting to stay in town to take advantage of it all. Best of all? It's almost all FREE.

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for NYC Kids for more to do for every age in every borough.

Free Outdoor Summer Movies for New Jersey Families

If you like watching movies under the stars—for free!—as much as we do, you're in luck: New Jersey will be showing hundreds of free films in parks and on beaches throughout the state this summer. Pack your chairs and blankets, put the kids in their PJs, and get there early to snag a good spot. Depending on the venue, you can either pack your own snacks or buy them onsite. And some events include pre-show activities such as dance parties, games, and meet-and-greets with movie characters. Don't forget the bug spray!

Scroll to the bottom of the list to find a few free (and practically free) indoor flicks—many of them shown in the morning—for those days when you just want to cool off in a nice, dark theater.

For more summer awesomeness, check out our Summer Fun Guide.

Best Swimming Pools for Westchester and Hudson Valley Families

Nothing says summer like a day at the pool. Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of spots in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley to take a dip. These area pools offer families everything from water slides and 3-foot waves to lazy river (!) Need a swimming break? At many of the pools, there are places to picnic or concession stands, as well as playgrounds, hiking trails and other activities to truly make it a great day out. 

Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites. Some of these—particularly the Westchester pools—require county residency, so take note before you head out. Prefer splash pads instead? Check out our list of go-to spots—plus our entire Summer Guide for even more outdoor fun. 

Your Guide to Pop-Up Gardens and Parks in Philadelphia

Since 2011, Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Gardens sites have been transforming under-used or vacant city spaces into exciting urban oases. In the last three to four years in particular, PHS's model has inspired pop-up gardens, parklets, and other awesome uses of urban outdoor space that are fun for the whole family, to spring up throughout the city (and now even in the suburbs). While most of these parks have beer gardens as a lure, there is also a lot of great family-friendly programming involved. Visiting one of these gardens is a great excuse to get out and relax with the whole family, no matter what age you or your kids may be. This round-up includes the most family-friendly, semi-permanent pop-ups for the summer.

8 Pools Where Kids Swim Free (or Nearly Free) in Boston

When the temperatures soar in Boston, you can always stop by a sprinkler park or wading pool to cool off a little; but sometimes, a refreshing swim in a bonafide pool is in order. Sure, there are some swanky hotel or membership pools inside city limits where you can pay a pretty penny to swim, but when kids and diaper bags are in tow, you don't need much more than a safe stretch of cool water to feel happy. Here, we’ve rounded up eight great swimming pools in Boston where kids and parents can splash, float, or practice strokes all summ

Weekday Picks: Summerfest and Free Outdoor Movies, Concerts, and Gardens

It's summer; let's celebrate!

Fountain Valley, smack dab in the middle of Orange County, celebrates itself (and its 60th anniversary) this week with Summerfest, and we're all are invited to the party. Families can enjoy carnival rides, food and entertainment, fireworks, and a parade over the four days of festivities.

But celebrating summer is not limited to the OC. Free outdoor movie and concert series have kicked off all over the Southland, including the Children's Performance Series in Canoga Park, Concerts in the Park in Orange, the Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series, Playa Vista Movie in the Park, and Movie on the Lawn at Orange County Great Park. That's a whole lot of free evenings out in one week. But wait—there's more!

For a full guide to all things summer, check out our summer activities guide. And as summer ramps up, be sure to keep up with all the happenings with the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and monthly picks in our GoList. Here are some highlights for the week.

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