4th of July Weekend in NYC: Fireworks, Festivals, and More Things To Do with Kids

Get an up-close view of the fireworks courtesy of the 34th Street Helipad's Front Row Fireworks celebration complete with live music, food, beverages, and great views of the Macy's fireworks. Photo courtesy of the event
Get an up-close view of the fireworks courtesy of the 34th Street Helipad's Front Row Fireworks celebration complete with live music, food, beverages, and great views of the Macy's fireworks. Photo courtesy of the event

Looking for the best things to do in New York City this 4th of July weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this long holiday weekend.

We've got the 411 for the big Macy's 4th of July fireworks show plus other fireworks displays from Staten Island to Coney Island. When we're not oohing and ahhing at night sky spectacles, we're planning to blast off to the New York Hall of Science's Rocket Park mini golf opening, wear paper hearts on our sleeves at Playscape's latest puppet performance, and skip off to see the Wizard at the Sheen's El Otro Oz. And, of course, we've got a picnic basket and a big, lightweight blanket parked by the door for all the upcoming FREE outdoor flicks.

Beat summer's heat with a visit to our favorite FREE swimming pools or hit up a local splash pad or sprinkler park. Find more seasonal picks in our packed Guide to Summer Fun in NYC and our Family Activity Calendar.

More Things To Do in New York City this Week with Kids

Be sure to click through to each listing for all the details, including recommended ages and time. Check with each venue for COVID guidelines before heading out to any event.

Places featured in this article:


US Army Fort Hamilton - SGT. Deon L. Taylor Field

New York Historical Society DiMenna Children's History Museum

P.S. 26 and Showplace Entertainment Center

Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk

Queens Botanical Garden

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

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