Macy's July 4th Fireworks 2017: Where to See Them in NYC

Macy's is gearing up for its annual July 4th fireworks in New York City. On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, fireworks will light up the sky over the East River, and the show promises to be bigger than ever as it celebrates its 41st anniversary. Spectators should be able to catch the show from many neighborhoods in Midtown Manhattan as well as parts of Brooklyn and Queens, but there are some important changes afoot this year.

The fireworks will take to the sky along the East River near Midtown. More than 60,000 are scheduled to burst forth at a rate of 2,200 per minute and all will be synchronized to a soundtrack of patriotic standards. New-in-2017 effects will include never-before-featured shells like color-changing chrysanthemums and happy faces in an eye-popping array of colors.

If you're hoping to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks live, it's never too early to start planning your viewing strategy. Tickets for paid viewing options like Fourth of July Fireworks cruises are already on sale and going fast. Of course, you don't need to spend a penny to see the sparklers, but there are some important things to know before you go. We've got the scoop on how to find the best places to watch, when to go, and what to bring.

And don't forget, there are frequent fireworks shows in NYC during the summer, from Coney Island to Central Park. Read our roundup of where else to see cool displays this summer.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mega Outdoor Yoga, Fireman’s Parade & Carnival

The week ahead marks the last day of school for many Westchester families, a time to celebrate the start of summer (and, let’s face it, the moment of panic that our kids will soon be let loose!). We’ve got some really cool events lined up, so read on for our top picks.

As carnival season continues, kids will surely love to celebrate at the Yorktown Heights Fireman's Carnival and Parade. To unwind, especially after the stress of finals and a year of hard work, focus on mindfulness and health at the hugely popular Get On Your Mat For Mental Health - Outdoor Yoga Event. If your kids are gearing up for a babysitting gig, sign them up for this FREE Babysitting Clinic, where they can learn fundamentals of safety from a nurse.

This is far from all, so read on for the rest and then head to our Event Calendar for many more great activities to choose from and sign up for our weekly newsletters  to stay in the know!

Weekday Fun: NJ State Fair, Free Movies, Campout on the Beach

Mid-June turns up the heat with outdoor festival excitement and keeps it cool with fun indoor activities. There are rides and games aplenty at the St. Gregory the Great Carnival, the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, and the famous New Jersey State Fair. Take a break from the heat at Camden Aquarium’s Animal Adventures, Bowtie Cinemas Summer Kids Series, and New Jersey State Museum’s Summer Maker Space.

Read on for our best children's events the week of June 19–23, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and June GoList for even more early-summer fun.

The Best July 4th Fireworks Shows on Long Island, 2017

Break out your red, white and blue, and get ready to wave that grand old flag.

On Fourth of July weekend, and before and after, families across Long Island gather for picnics, barbecues and, of course, fireworks. We've rounded up Independence Day fireworks happenings up and down Long Island, from Nassau to Suffolk counties and all the way to the East End. July 4 is a Tuesday this year, so fireworks celebrations begin as early as Thursday, June 29 and continue past the weekend of July 8-9.   

For more kid-friendly activities, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide and our Event Calendar.

Fireworks! 35 Different 4th of July Displays in Los Angeles & Orange County

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 24). We'll keep adding more right up to the day!

Weekday Fun: Fireworks, FREE Museums, SI Yankees vs. Cyclones

New York City kids in public school aren't free yet, but the summer events go full-throttle this week. Make Music New York looms large above it all, on Wednesday, June 21, with free concerts just about everywhere in the city, all day. The Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones open a home-and-home series against each other on Monday and Tuesday, and a slew of select museums in lower Manhattan go FREE on Tuesday night.

On Friday, regular fireworks begin at Coney Island, if you can't wait for the Independence Day fireworks displays across the city. Or, if the summer makes you want to get into the great outdoors, check out our lowdown on FREE camping inside New York City parks.

Meanwhile, our June GoList sprints into the new season with you, with our Summer Fun Guide and event calendar keeping equal pace. Boom!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Summer Solstice, Museum Deals, Bugs June 19-23

Summer officially arrives this week in Philadelphia! What better way to celebrate the new season than with some of the amazing activities found in our event calendar.

To recognize the longest day of the year, Riverbend hosts its Summer Solstice Celebration complete with live animal demonstrations, puppet shows, and pond exploration. Wolf's Hollow County Park offers the chance to participate in a Summer Solstice Hike. And, Delaware Art Museum allows visitors to wander about and take in the beauty of nature at its Summer Solstice Labyrinth. In addition to summertime events, many venues throughout the Delaware Valley are featuring deeply discounted admission such as the Franklin Institute, the Brandywine Zoo, and the Delaware Children's Museum. Once nighttime arrives, view landmarks such as Glencairn Museum, Cairnwood Estates, and Bryn Athyn Cathedral set aglow, or see the first flashes of lighting bugs at Green Lane Park.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week and get ready for a great summer!

5 New England Resorts with Great Kids Camps

Still looking for the perfect summer getaway? To us, a vacation that combines family fun with opportunities for grown-up-only time can't be beat, but a lot of hotels and resorts seem to specialize in one type of experience or the other. So we did some digging to find regional hotels that are best for parents looking to spend quality time with their kids—and each other.

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