Beyond Macy's: Free Fireworks Across NYC for Summer 2016

Fireworks at Coney Island, Central Park, Citi Field, Orchard Beach, Astoria, Staten Island

There's no denying that when it comes to sparklers Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks is the main event in New York City. But it's certainly not the only explosive display in town this season. Some of these fireworks honor our nation's birthday, others just celebrate summer in the city, from ball games to concerts in Central Park and Prospect Park.

Read on for all the places and dates when you and the kids can catch a fireworks show in New York City—besides the East River on the Fourth of July.


New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Central Park
The Great Lawn
Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16
The famed orchestra opens its summer concert series with a pair of Central Park concerts. Fireworks by Bay Fireworks will light up the sky following the performance.

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Liberty State Park fireworks can be seen from NYC's west side. Photo by Mark Wyman via Flickr.

Jersey City Freedom and Fireworks Festival – Lower Manhattan
Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ
Monday, July 4
Although this fireworks display is technically on the New Jersey side of the Hudson, you can typically see the sparklers from Lower Manhattan. Battery Park and Battery Park City will offer the best views, and you might even be able to glimpse them from Brooklyn's eastern waterfront.

Stay for the fireworks after the New York Philharmonic show in Prospect Park. Photo by Chris Lee/courtesy of the New York Philharmonic.


New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Prospect Park
Long Meadow Ballfields
Friday, June 17
After the top-notch classical program, enjoy a fireworks display.

July Fourth Fireworks Show – Coney Island
Coney Island Beach and the Boardwalk near Steeplechase Pier
Monday, July 4
Head to Coney Island for a fireworks display right on the beach in honor of our nation's birthday. Better yet, make a day of it by arriving in time to catch another Independence Day tradition, Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, and then hitting Luna Park, Deno's Wonder Wheel, and the New York Aquarium.

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The Coney Island boardwalk hosts fireworks weekly in the summer. Photo courtesy of Luna Park NYC.

Coney Island Boardwalk – Coney Island
The boardwalk between West 10th and West 15th Streets
Fridays, June 17 through September 2
Can't make it out to Coney on July 4th? There are fireworks displays every Friday night right on the boardwalk through Labor Day weekend.

MCU Park – Coney Island
1904 Surf Avenue at West 17th Street
Select home games through Sunday, September 4. Click here for the complete schedule.
Free with admission
More fireworks in Coney: Regardless of which team wins, the Brooklyn Cyclones will set off sparklers over the baseball diamond after 13 games this season. The stadium also offers a perfect view of the Friday night display on the beach.

Staten Island

Independence Day Celebration – Rosebank
Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Boulevard
Monday, July 4
The Staten Island Philharmonic celebrates Independence Day with a free outdoor concert before the sky lights up.

Back to the Beach Celebration – Midland Beach
Midland Beach Splash Plaza
Saturday, July 16
This free community event will include live music, kiddie carnival-style entertainment, vendors, food, and games. Fireworks light up the sky at the event's end.

Richmond County Bank Ballpark – St. George
75 Richmond Terrace at Hamilton Avenue
Select home games through Monday, September 5. Click here for the complete schedule.
Free with admission
Not to be outdone by their Brooklyn rivals, the Staten Island Yankees also sponsor pyrotechnics at their stadium, (just steps away from the ferry terminal), usually on Friday and Saturday evenings. So spend the day in the attraction-filled St. George and end your outing with a bang.

Boardwalk Days – South Beach
Boardwalk at South Beach
Wednesdays, June 22-August 31
One of our favorite public-transportation friendly beaches hosts a weekly fireworks night on Wednesdays.


New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Fresh Meadows
Cunningham Park
Monday, June 20
The New York Philharmonic brings its popular concert series to Queens for this one-night-only celebration, complete with a Bay Fireworks presentation to cap off the night's festivities.

2016 Independence Day Celebration – Astoria
Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and pool
Thursday, June 30
The Queens Symphony Orchestra will play a concert before sparklers light up the sky.

Fireworks at Citi Field signal the end of a game. Photo by Christopher Ramirez via Flickr.

Fireworks at Citi Field – Flushing
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue
Saturday, July 2 & Saturday, September 3
Free with admission
When the last out is recorded, the Mets will set off sparklers, which should be visible to those in the vicinity.

The Bronx

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Van Cortlandt Park
Enter from Broadway near West 251st Street. Concert site is north of the baseball fields.
Tuesday, June 21 at 8pm
After the classical program, enjoy a fireworks display.

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Fireworks at Orchard Beach let families pull up a beachside seat (or stand). Photo by Ruben Diaz Jr. via Flickr.

New York Salutes America Fireworks Extravaganza – Pelham Bay
The boardwalk at Orchard Beach
Thursday, June 30 at 6pm
Join more than 10,000 revelers for this family-friendly kickoff to summer hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and State Senator Jeff Klein. There will be live performances and carnival-style, kid-friendly entertainment and an eating contest before the sparklers fly to the sky.

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

Top image: New York Philharmonic fireworks at Cunningham Park. Photo by Chris Lee/courtesy of the New York Philharmonic.