4th of July Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Parades, Fireworks, History July 2-4

Parades, parties, and fireworks, of course! These celebrate the birth of our nation, America - the land of the free and the home of the brave. So, isn't it our obligation as citizens of this great country to enjoy all the fun the first weekend in July has to offer? As the place where it all began, Philadelphia is home to some of the best Independence Day celebrations to be found.

See an encampment at Washington Crossing Historic Park, enjoy a picnic and 4th of July celebration at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, or listen to live music and view fireworks at Upper Darby High School. Consider visiting the National Museum of American Jewish History or The Barnes which both offer free family programming.

Continue reading to see our top picks for the weekend ahead. As always, scroll through our jam-packed Event Calendar for even more options. However you chose to celebrate the 4th, Mommy Poppins hopes you enjoy a wonderful weekend with family and friends.

July 4th Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Harborfest, Pops, and Fireworks

Happy Independence Day! With all kinds of fireworks and other celebrations this weekend, it's easy to gather a list of potential outings for the family. Although many of the activities happen on the actual holiday on Monday, there are loads of patriotic things happening on the weekend, too, including tons of festivities all around Boston Harbor (pictured).

If you're looking for a low-key way to celebrate this year, some great options include Red, White, and Blue Days at Edaville, a Patriot Fife and Drum Concert, or one of the kid-friendly celebrations that include a pancake breakfast or a teddy bear parade. For something totally different, forget all about the holiday and relax with a free outdoor showing of Minions or the Parkland Games instead.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

July 4th Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Fireworks, Concerts, Live Shows

It's Fourth of July weekend and what better way to celebrate the independence of America then with family-friendly fun, entertainment and memory making. Parents and kids can enjoy the rockets red glare from several vantage points this weekend; see our expanded coverage of firework shows in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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4th of July Weekend: Parades, Lobster, Sailing, and Fireworks

Independence Day weekend - a feast for the senses: barbecue, gooey s'mores, flags dancing in the summer wind, and fireworks booming throughout the state. If seeing the night sky light up is a must for your family, visit our comprehensive list of 4th of July celebrations in CT (but be sure to check venue websites for possible last minute schedule changes).

Of course there are many other activities happening this weekend. For a more leisurely pace, enjoy Summer Music Sunday at Mystic Seaport, trek with dinosaurs at the Southington Drive-in, or unleash your inner artist while exploring the bucolic Weir Farm, our state's only national park. Raspberry lovers can start picking at these farms  (it's raspberry season!), and our Connecticut Beaches and Water Fun Guide will help you cool down in the best places.

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4th of July Weekend With Westchester Families: Fireworks, A Night on Fire

Fourth of July weekend is upon us and with it comes a long list of family celebrations in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. We've already highlighted your best bets for Westchester firework displays and Hudson Valley fireworks to kick off the holiday weekend; however, there are other great ways to celebrate Independence Day. Check out the Independence Day Fair, the Independence Day Celebration or the New Paltz in the War for Independence, all of which offer a glimpse into the Colonial Era in the setting of a national historic site.

Fireworks aren’t the only pyrotechnics lighting up the sky this weekend. A Night on Fire returns with a dazzling performance to ignite Westchester senses. For a different slice of history, the Family Fun Festival offers FREE fun in the form of a dunk tank, a raptor show and more.

If you are looking for more ideas, our July GoList highlights many of the top events for the rest of this month, and our Event Calendar provides numerous listings for both mid-week and weekend—all summer long! Sign up for our newsletters to get recommendations delivered to your inbox.

July 4th Weekend in NYC with Kids: Fireworks and More Free Fun

Happy Fourth of July! This weekend is always a highlight of NYC summers. From Macy's 4th of July Fireworks to Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, there are many spectacular ways to celebrate! Head to Harlem to participate in the annual children's parade, hit the South Street Seaport for the FREE outdoor kiddie concert (and stick around to see the sparklers later that evening), or celebrate old-school style at Historic Richmond Town's big celebration.

Maybe you want to skip the organized July 4th events and hit one of our favorite local pools, water playgrounds or beaches—all 100% FREE—or splurge on a trip to a local amusement park, the Jersey Shore, or the Hamptons.

Desperate for air-conditioning? Check out the exciting new Ghostbusters attraction in Times Square, enjoy the kick off to the Summer of Hamilton at the New-York Historical Society or watch Liberty: A Monumental New Musical that tells the tale of the Statue of Liberty's arrival in New York City.

All of our best bets for the July 4th weekend are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. If you're looking to plan ahead, our July GoList features the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month in NYC.

Happy Independence Day!

July GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids this Month

Summer has crept in under cover of June Gloom, and there are so many ways to enjoy it, in town or out. Already free summer concerts are rockin'; free summer movies are rolling, and the beaches are beckoning. Read on for the best of July in LA, Ventura, and Orange County. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily, of course, and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to book ahead for some July favorites.

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14 Free Concerts for NYC Kids This July

Thought there were a lot of FREE family concerts in June? Well, NYC's no-cost kiddie music scene really heats up as summer continues. For July, we've rounded up 14 complimentary concerts for families that are worth the time, energy, and effort. The entertainers range from big names to local bands who reflect the diversity of our city.

Most of these performances take place in NYC's attraction-filled parks, meaning you can make a day out of it. So pack a picnic, stake out a spot, lay down a blanket, and soak up some no-cost culture. You can find more family fun in our jam-packed Summer Guide or our list of 100 Free Things To Do This Summer in NYC.


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