Independence Day means summer fun, barbecues, and, of course, stunning pyrotechnics. We’ve identified fireworks displays over the course of an entire week (the benefit of Independence Day falling on a Wednesday!) along with lots of added attractions—a carnival, a fair, concerts, sports, bouncy houses, a parade, and other perks.
If you’re feeling adventurous, the famous Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is best visited strategically, and we have the best spots to watch with your family; there’s also a show-stopping fireworks display that’s less frenetic over the bridge in Jersey City, which also features a full agenda of fun.
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Saturday, June 30, 2018
Memorial Park Fireworks – Nyack
Catch the fireworks display in the picturesque riverfront Memorial Park.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Annual Firemen's Carnival & Fireworks Spectacular – Mamaroneck
After a day of fun at the Annual Fireman's Carnival, grab a spot on the open green fields or along the marina to check out the fireworks show.
Community Day – Newburgh
A day of town pride includes food, craft vendors, and live music. The event will be capped off with a fireworks display. Admission is FREE.
Independence Day Fireworks – Ossining
Celebrate the 4th with sweeping views of the Hudson River, live entertainment, and a fireworks show. FREE
Music Fest and Fireworks at Kensico Dam Plaza – Valhalla
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for a lengthy, festive evening. Parking is free but limited. FREE
White Plains Independence Day Celebration – White Plains
Get a head start on 4th of July festivities at this event, which includes fireworks, bouncy houses, food, and music.
SummerFest Fireworks and Concert – Yonkers
Cross County Shopping Center is celebrating Independence Day as part of its SummerFest event series. Festivities kick off with a live musical performance by the FDR Drive Band. Top off the night with a fireworks display. FREE
Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4
Rockland Boulders 4th of July Celebration – Pomona
Celebrate America’s birthday with America’s pastime, for way less than you'll pay for a major league game. There will be fireworks (of course), giveaways, live music, and a hot dog-eating contest. Kids can also let loose on the enormous playground in the center of the park.
Spend the day on the rides and stay for the fireworks at Rye Playland. Photo courtesy of Rye Playland
Fireworks at Rye Playland – Rye
Celebrate Independence Day at the amusement park! The choreographed pyrotechnic show runs July 3-4.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Fourth of July Celebration – Cornwall
This party starts early with a breakfast and goes well into the night, with a parade, pet show, food and craft vendors, live music, living-history lessons, a pie-eating contest, and, of course, a fireworks show. FREE admission.
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Celebrate July 4th at Caramoor with live music followed by fireworks. Photo by Gabe Palacio for Caramoor Center for Music and Arts
Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks – Katonah
Whereas many July 4th celebrations emphasize fireworks first with music as an added perk, this event is the other way around. Enjoy music performed by a 60-piece orchestra of woodwinds and percussion in addition to a fireworks display. The tribute to Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 100 this year, is paid.
Spark the Sound July 4th Fireworks – New Rochelle
Check out this fireworks display from anywhere along New Rochelle's waterfront. The best viewing spots, according to the City of New Rochelle, include Hudson Park, Five Islands Park (the fireworks are shot out of this location), and Municipal Marina upper parking deck. FREE
Peekskill 4th of July Celebration – Peekskill
Enjoy a concert with Billy and the Showmen, followed by a fireworks display. FREE
Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular – Poughkeepsie
Watch a fireworks display in the middle of the Hudson River, with multiple viewing spots as options, including the children’s museum and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Some viewing spots are FREE.
4th of July Celebration and Fireworks – Tarrytown
Enjoy a dazzling fireworks spectacle in the heart of Tarrytown. FREE
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Hudson Valley Renegades Independence Day Celebration – Wappingers Falls
Root, root, root for the home team as the Hudson Valley Renegades take on the Staten Island Yankees. Cap off the evening with a fireworks display after the game.
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Independence Day Fireworks and Celebrate America Parade – Greenwood Lake
The festivities begin with a parade down Windmere Ave at 11am. At dusk, a DJ will spin music at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. A fireworks show will follow. Admission is FREE.
West Point Independence Day Concert and Fireworks – West Point
Bring chairs or a blanket and listen to a FREE concert at Trophy Point performed by the West Point Band. The repertoire will range from patriotic music to rock and pop. An impressive fireworks display over the banks of the Hudson River will follow.
Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more family activities happening in and around Westchester.
This originally published in 2016 and has been updated for 2018.