Free Summer Fireworks Shows in NYC for Families

The New York Philharmonic puts on a brilliant show with a sparkling grand finale in four of NYC's five boroughs. Photo courtesy of the Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic puts on a brilliant show with a sparkling grand finale in four of NYC's five boroughs. Photo courtesy of the Philharmonic

When it comes to fireworks shows in NYC, there's no denying Macy's 4th of July fireworks are the main event in New York City. But that's certainly not the only bang-up display in town this season. While some of the fireworks shows in NYC honor our nation's birthday, others just celebrate summer in the city and take place everywhere from ballparks to city parks.

Read on for all the free summer fireworks shows in New York City this season and find more fun things to do in our Guide to Summer Fun for NYC families.

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Free Summer Fireworks Shows in Manhattan

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Central Park

The Great Lawn
Wednesday, June 15
The famed orchestra performs a concert with the music of Wagner, Douaihy, Bruch, Dvorak, and works from its Very Young Composers program. Free summer fireworks light up the sky following the performance.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks – Midtown East

East River from East 23rd Street to East 42nd Street
Monday, July 4
Nearly 50,000 shells are sent skyward in this epic Independence Day celebration on the East River. Macy's free fireworks display is the largest 4th of July celebration in the nation, choreographed to music and broadcast live on NBC. Stick around to the end to catch the grand finale: Macy's Golden Mile, which illuminates the sky in a golden-hued display raining down from 1,000 feet in the air.

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Fireworks Shows in NY
Stay for the fireworks after the New York Philharmonic show in Prospect Park. Photo by Chris Lee for New York Philharmonic

Fireworks in Brooklyn This Summer for Families

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Prospect Park

Long Meadow Ballfields
Friday, June 17
Following a two-year hiatus, the New York Philharmonic returns to the ballfields in Prospect Park. Following the top-notch classical program, which mirrors the lineup from the Manhattan performance, enjoy a fireworks show.

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The Coney Island boardwalk hosts fireworks shows weekly during the summer. Photo courtesy of Coney Island

Coney Island Boardwalk – Coney Island

The boardwalk between West 10th and West 15th Streets
Friday nights from Friday, June 24-Friday, September 2
End a fun-filled Friday at the action-packed Coney Island with one of these free summer fireworks shows in NYC. These sparklers fly every week during the summer.

Brooklyn Cyclones Fireworks Nights – Coney Island

1904 Surf Avenue at West 17th Street
Select home games through Saturday, September 1; click here for the complete schedule.
Regardless of which team wins, the Brooklyn Cyclones set off sparklers over the baseball diamond after several games this season. The stadium also offers a perfect view of the Friday night display on the beach.

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Staten Island Ferry Hawks Saturday Night Lights – Staten Island

75 Richmond Terrace
Select home games; click here for the complete schedule.
As part of its Saturday Night Lights, the Staten Island Ferry Hawks baseball team entertains the home crowd with professional fireworks following Saturday home games.

Fireworks Shows in NYC
Fireworks at Citi Field signal the end of a game. Photo courtesy of Citi Field

Free Fireworks in Queens in Summer 2022

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Fresh Meadows

Cunningham Park
Thursday, June 16
The New York Philharmonic brings its popular concert series to Queens for this one-night-only celebration, complete with a fireworks presentation to cap off the night's festivities.

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Fireworks at Citi Field – Flushing

123-01 Roosevelt Avenue
Saturday, September 2
When the last out is recorded, the Mets set off a stunning fireworks show, which should be visible to those in the vicinity.

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New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Van Cortlandt Park

Enter from Broadway near West 251st Street. The concert site is north of the baseball fields.
Tuesday, June 14
The Boogie Down borough leads off the New York Philharmonic's summer concert series this year. After the classical program, enjoy a fireworks display.

This article, originally published in July 2010, is updated annually.

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