There's no denying that when it comes to sparklers, Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks are the main event in New York City. But that'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 parks city wide.
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.
Watch the fireworks light up the sky after a beautiful concert in Central Park. Photo by Chris Lee for New York Philharmonic
New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Central Park
The Great Lawn
Wednesday, June 13
The famed orchestra performs a concert with the music of Camille Saint-Saëns, Jordan Millar, Camryn Cowan Leonard Bernstein, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Fireworks by Bay Fireworks light up the sky following the performance. FREE
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Stay for the fireworks after the New York Philharmonic show in Prospect Park. Photo by Chris Lee for New York Philharmonic
New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Prospect Park
Long Meadow Ballfields
Friday, June 15
After the top-notch classical program, which mirrors the lineup from the Manhattan show, enjoy a fireworks display. FREE
Celebrate the Fourth of July on the beach at Coney Island. Photo by Jim McDonnell for Deno's Wonder Wheel
July Fourth Fireworks Show – Coney Island
Coney Island Beach and the Boardwalk near Steeplechase Pier
Wednesday, 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, which will have debuted its new sharks exhibit by then. FREE
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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 22 through August 31
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. FREE
MCU Park – Coney Island
1904 Surf Avenue at West 17th Street
Select home games through Saturday, September 1. Click here for the complete schedule.
More fireworks in Coney: Regardless of which team wins, the Brooklyn Cyclones set off sparklers over the baseball diamond after a dozen games this season. The stadium also offers a perfect view of the Friday night display on the beach.
Independence Day Celebration – Rosebank
Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Boulevard
Tuesday, July 4
The Staten Island Philharmonic celebrates Independence Day with an outdoor concert before the sky lights up. FREE
Back to the Beach Celebration – Midland Beach
Midland Beach Splash Plaza
Saturday, July 14
This community event includes live music, kiddie carnival-style entertainment, vendors, food, and games. Fireworks light up the sky at the event's end. FREE
Richmond County Bank Ballpark – St. George
75 Richmond Terrace at Hamilton Avenue
Select home games through Friday, August 31. Click here for the complete schedule.
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 or Saturday evenings. So spend the day in the attraction-filled St. George, and end your outing with a bang.
New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – Fresh Meadows
Thursday, June 14
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. FREE
Fireworks at Citi Field signal the end of a game. Photo courtesy of Citi Field
Fireworks at Citi Field – Flushing
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue
Saturday, June 9 & Saturday, September 29
When the last out is recorded, the Mets set off sparklers, which should be visible to those in the vicinity.
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 12
The Boogie Down borough leads off the New York Philharmonic's summer concert series. After the classical program, enjoy a fireworks display. FREE
Freedom and Fireworks Festival – Jersey City
Wednesday, July 4
This annual fest held in Liberty State Park is a super family-friendly affair during the afternoon with music performances, including a dedicated stage for kids, carnival-style rides and games, and good eats. Stick around for the mega fireworks display and you won't be disappointed. 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. Warning: It gets VERY crowded. Take the PATH or the ferry. Don't drive. FREE
This article, originally published in July 2010, is updated annually.