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4th of July Fireworks: Where to Celebrate with Families in Westchester

Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means summer fun, barbecues and, of course, stunning pyrotechnics. Fireworks go hand in hand with the 4th of July, so the big question is, where to see a show?

The famous Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is one option (and we have the best spots to watch with your family); however, if you prefer to stay closer to home, there are great displays happening all over Westchester. Some celebrations take place before the holiday, and often the fireworks come with fairs, festivals, and concerts, so there's lots to do and see. Read on for where to catch the best 4th of July fireworks in Westchester.

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New Playground Review: Croton's Sunset Park Now Open

From saucer swings to cool climbing ropes to great picnicking spots, there are so many fun and innovative things to do at area parks and playgrounds this summer. But if you’re looking for something new—and happen to be a Croton-on-Hudson resident—head to the recently renovated Sunset Park, located between Lexington Drive and Sunset Drive.

Not a Croton resident and want to check out what other Westchester and Hudson Valley playgrounds have to offer? We’ve got you covered. For even more family fun, see what’s happening in our Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Festivals, Fairs, Carnivals, Concerts

Summer has officially arrived, and there is no shortage of ways for families to celebrate this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

One of our top picks for June is the return of the American Roots Music Festival, a full day and evening of performances by both established and up-and-coming artists in a bucolic outdoor setting. For a totally different genre, try Music of the Caribbean—also outdoors and totally FREE.

Other items on tap this weekend include a couple seasonal fairs and festivals—including the Palisades Fair, highlights of which include hypnotists and other eyebrow-raising attractions—and the cultural African American Heritage Celebration. Family Day offers a flower-themed combination of activities in a museum setting,

More of our top picks are below and many more events are on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

Water Fun for Westchester Kids: Pools, Splash Pads and Lazy Rivers

Summer is heating up, which probably means you're looking for ways to cool down. If you're searching for more than just a backyard sprinkler, check out one of Westchester's stunning community parks. Many local parks and playgrounds have elaborate water features that rival the best amusement parks around. From lazy rivers to splash pads and wave pools, the county parks system is a water lover's paradise—and all wonderfully close to home!

Read on for the scoop on this summer's must-visit locales, including everything you need to know about Westchester County's park pass and how to get one. Looking for more ways to spend your summer? Sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mega Outdoor Yoga, Fireman’s Parade & Carnival

The week ahead marks the last day of school for many Westchester families, a time to celebrate the start of summer (and, let’s face it, the moment of panic that our kids will soon be let loose!). We’ve got some really cool events lined up, so read on for our top picks.

As carnival season continues, kids will surely love to celebrate at the Yorktown Heights Fireman's Carnival and Parade. To unwind, especially after the stress of finals and a year of hard work, focus on mindfulness and health at the hugely popular Get On Your Mat For Mental Health - Outdoor Yoga Event. If your kids are gearing up for a babysitting gig, sign them up for this FREE Babysitting Clinic, where they can learn fundamentals of safety from a nurse.

This is far from all, so read on for the rest and then head to our Event Calendar for many more great activities to choose from and sign up for our weekly newsletters  to stay in the know!

5 New England Resorts with Great Kids Camps

Still looking for the perfect summer getaway? To us, a vacation that combines family fun with opportunities for grown-up-only time can't be beat, but a lot of hotels and resorts seem to specialize in one type of experience or the other. So we did some digging to find regional hotels that are best for parents looking to spend quality time with their kids—and each other.

Free Summer Outdoor Movies for Westchester Kids in June & July

There are lots of blockbusters to catch in the theater this summer—and some pretty cool places in the area to watch them—but if you’re looking for something different to do with the family, why not check out an outdoor movie this summer instead? Westchester has no shortage of free or inexpensive screenings happening all over the County throughout June, July and August.

So, whether you want to introduce your kids to a classic from when you were growing up (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, anyone?) or indulge their inner Moana (it’s showing five separate times!), we’ve got the lineup below. 

Looking for outdoor concerts? We've got you covered, and don't forget to consult our complete Summer Activity Guide and Event Calendar

Day Trip Guide: Top 10 Things to Do at Bear Mountain State Park

Now that school's almost out and schedules are a little looser, it's a great time to explore with the kids. There’s no shortage of day trips to take in the Hudson Valley, and we know it's hard narrowing down a spot that keeps every family member happy. Nestled against the Hudson River and featuring something for kids of all ages, Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County is one place our family has returned to each year.

With hiking, paddleboat rentals, a large playground, ample room for picnicking and even a zoo, the park has plenty of options to fill an entire day. Our summer readers will be especially happy to learn the swimming pool opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, June 17. We recently visited the park and have what you need to know about this year-round destination, including our top 10 favorite things to do.

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