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Firework Festivities: Where will sparks fly this Fourth of July?

By: Alexa Anderwkavich
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There are a few key ingredients to a wonderful Fourth of July: good food, great company, and a spectacular display of fireworks. There are shows and activities happening all throughout Long Island, and it can be difficult to plan out your festivities without knowing what LI has to offer you.


Communities across the Island are eager to put on a grand show and come together to commemorate the holidays, as the past few years celebrations have been canceled due to the pandemic.


Long Island’s Biggest Festival: The Empire State Fair 

NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Coliseum – 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553

Until July 10, 2022. Fireworks July 4, 8, & 9 • 9:30 p.m.

The grand return of The Empire State Fair, complete with rides, shows, food, and tons of fun, is all the hype of Long Island. Open until July 10, the fair has new features such as an educational experience at their Exotic Animal Zoo, Kid Bucks Game Show, and Royal Hanneford Big Top Circus. Plus a fantastic firework show July 4, 8, and 9 at 9:30 p.m.


East Meadow Concert and Fireworks 

Eisenhower Park – Hempstead Turnpike & Park Blvd., Fields 6 and 6A, East Meadow, NY 11554

Friday, July 1 • 6-10 p.m.

Eisenhower Park’s “Celebrate America” Fourth of July celebration will take place Friday, July 1 after dark. Enjoy an evening in the park, groove to The Captain Jack Band — a Billy Joel tribute — and The School of Rock performance. Or perhaps a more unique circus show at i.Fly Trapeze prior to the Grucci firework display. Bring your own chairs for food, fun, and fireworks.


Solid 70s Celebrates Independence Day at Bald Hill

Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill – 1 Ski Run Ln, Farmingville, NY 11738

Monday, July 4 • 9:15 p.m.

A free family event featuring live music from the Solid 70s and the Chiclettes. Doors open at 5 and the concert starts at 5:30, and of course get ready to end the night with a firework show at 9:15 p.m. 


Catch the Jones Beach Firework Showcase 

Jones Beach State Park – 1 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, NY 11793

Monday, July 4 9:30 p.m.

The Jones Beach Spectacular will be a sight to see this Independence Day. Tune into WALK 97.5 and KJOY 98.3 to witness a synchronized show of pyrochennetics and music. This is an LI-loved showcase that you don’t want to miss. If you want to skip the traffic, you can bike along Cedar Creek County Park path towards Jones Beach to see the show. 

Bonus: Watch the show while at sea! Purchase tickets and board  Charters from Captree or embark on a firework cruise from Freeport and score the best seats in the house.  Be sure to purchase tickets ahead and arrive at the dock at 6 p.m. 


Long Beach’s Booming Boardwalk Display

Boardwalk – 1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561

Friday, July 8 • 9:00 p.m.

If you’re out of town ringing in America’s birthday elsewhere, The City of Long Beach Fireworks Display will take place on Friday, July 8 after dark and will be visible from anywhere along the boardwalk and beachfront. Step down into the sandy shore, kick back and savor the show. Keep in mind there may be traffic and lane closures, so head out to your choice spot early!



Village of Port Jefferson: WaterView Fireworks Spectacular

The WaterView – 44 Fairway Dr, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Sunday, July 3 • 7-9 p.m.

Dance the night away with good company. Live music, a 3-course buffet, and the exquisite views of the Long Island Sound. Take in the fireworks illuminating off the sound in a fantastic display.  Purchase tickets for a unique waterfront Fourth of July!  


Fairfield Firework Fun with the Long Island Ducks 

Saturday, July 2 • 5:30 p.m.

The Ducks are celebrating their 10th Anniversary of their 2012 Atlantic League Championship. Former Ducks shortstop and 2012 Atlantic League Championship Series Most Valuable Player will throw former outfielder Kraig Binick a ceremonial first pitch, who was also part of the 2012 championship team, prior to the game. It’ll also be Lucky Seat Saturday, presented by Long Island MacArthur Airport, where one lucky fan at the game will win a free round trip for two at any of Breeze Airways’ destinations. Plus, on top of all that excitement, the night will end with a firework masterpiece!


Alive on 25 Independence Day Celebration

Downtown Riverhead along Main Street from Griffith Avenue to McDermott Avenue – W Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901

Friday, July 1 5–9:30 p.m.

Alive on 25 is back this year and with it entertainment, shopping, and more. Spread blankets at Grangebel Park, relish in live music, peruse street vendors for kick knacks or food, and take in the fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. The Fourth of July Festivities will take place on Friday, July 1, but Alive on 25 will return July 15, 29 and August 12. 


Peconic Bay Vineyards Fireworks Show

31320 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935

Friday, July 1 9:15 p.m.

Observe the illuminated Independence Day display from the Peconic Bay Vineyards. The fireworks will begin after 9 p.m., but feel free to wine and dine at the recently relaunched vineyard in Cutchogue. 


East End 

Marvel at the Stars over Montauk July 4th Celebration

Umbrella Beach (Kirk Park Beach) – 95 S Emerson Ave, Montauk, NY 11954

Monday, July 4 9:00 p.m.

One of the best viewpoints for the Grucci fireworks display. Go to “The End” and watch fireworks explode into an array of astounding colors against the starry sky, or opt for a different perspective and hop on The Viking Classic cruise to Fort Pond Bay to attend the 9-o’clock show. The boat departs at 8 p.m. and returns at 11 p.m.; tickets are available for purchase. 


Riverhead Raceway 

Riverhead Raceway – 1797 Old Country Rd, Riverhead, NY, 11901

Saturday, July 2 9:30 p.m.

The Riverhead Raceway has two reasons to celebrate this weekend: its 72nd anniversary and the Fourth of July. Gather around the raceway for a superb display!


The 35th Annual Southampton Fresh Air Home Fundraiser

1030 Meadow Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

Saturday, July 2 7:00 p.m.

The annual Shinnecock Bay show is a two-in-one! Have fun at the event with an “All-American” picnic, live music, magicians, and more while also supporting a fund-raiser for children and disabilities. Of course, finalize the night with a firework showcase! 


Alternative Celebrations 

Although the adopted tradition of fireworks on Independence Day is classic on the Fourth, not everyone can enjoy all the excitement that comes with them like loud sounds and flashing lights. Sometimes these elements can be overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the celebration. 

Here are some places and activities that offer firework alternative festivities. 


Parades and Parties

Seaford Independence Day Parade 

Saturday, July 2 (Rain date July 3) 8:45 a.m

Seaford Cinemas- 3951 Merrick Rd, Seaford, NY 11783 

Watch the parade trek to the Seaford Wellness gazebo, munch on bagels and get your cameras ready for various photo opportunities. Bring your smiles, cheers, and positivity to Seaford Cinemas to start the Fourth of July holiday weekend!


Tanger Outlets’ July 4th Block Party

Tanger Outlets Deer Park – 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, NY 11729

Saturday, July 2 11:00 a.m.

Throwback to a classic block party this July 4th at the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park. Roam Saturday’s Little Big Farmer’s Market and shop from farm fresh vendors, tap your foot to music  at noon, or grab a bite some of LI’s tastiest food trucks. Free activities such as balloon animals, face painting, oversized games, and so much more! 

70s Rock Parade & Dock Holiday

Salt Shack – 100 Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702 

Monday, July 4 7 p.m.

Who says there always has to be a patriotic theme to celebrating the Fourth of July? Kick off the summer weekend with Dock Holiday and a 70s rock parade. Start grooving and dancing at the shack as early as at 1 p.m. 


Performances and Places 

Fourth of July “Parade” at Katch

Katch at Venetian Shores, Lindenhurst – 850 Venetian Blvd., Lindenhurst, NY 11757

Monday, July 4 7:00 p.m. 

The family owned and operated bar in the greater Town of Babylon makes you feel like you’re miles away on a tropical vacation. Relish in a live music band, The New Parade, drinks, and food as you dance into the night. Bands are set to perform all throughout summer at Katch, whether you’re going for the band and excellent beach-side service or to “Katch” the sunset, the venetian shore of Long Island will keep reeling you in. 


Harbes Farm Fun Fourth of July Weekend 

Harbes Family Farm – 715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, NY 11952

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – July 2, 3 & 4 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

From Saturday to Monday bring your friends and family to Harbes Family Farm to indulge in some summertime fun. From 1-5 p.m. live music from singer/guitarist Matt Taylor on Saturday, singer/songwriter Bryan Gallow on Sunday, and singer/songwriter Robin Sidor on Monday. A range of  instruments from the harmonica to guitar and genres from rock, alternative, and pop! Music to satisfy the ears of all ages. Musical hayrides, Jumbo Jumper bounce pillows, sports zone, and activities for toddlers to get involved too! Revel in sweet corn, paninis, homemade ice cream made with Harbes produce, Harbes’ award-winning wine to be enjoyed in the restored 100-year-old Wine Barn, and much more!


Celebrate Independence Day 1862-Style at Bethpage

Old Bethpage Restoration Village- 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804

Saturday & Sunday, July 2 & 3 10 a.m – 4 p.m

Military tanks, live music, parade at 2:30, and historical reenactments. Dive into the 17th century, as you embark on journeys through the past and witness historical happenings. 


Wölffer Estates’ Fourth of July Pairings are Bursting with Flavor 

Wölffer Estates Vineyard- 139 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack, NY 11962

July 2, 3 & 4 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Bask in an evening amongst your friends or loved ones to discover a different kind of explosion this Fourth of July. The experts at Wölffer Estates curate each dish and wine pairing to make an unique orchestra of flavors that’ll surely please even the toughest of critics. The exclusive menu this week features Americana-inspired bites amplifies American classics and turns up the heat on traditional BBQ, creating a lux experience with your red, white, or rose. But don’t worry, it’s kid friendly with plenty of entertainment to preoccupy the youngin’s time while you stop keeping track of yours … and simply relax. 


Live Music at Pindar Vineyards July 4th 

Pindar Vineyards – 37645 Main Rd (Rt 25), Peconic, NY

Monday, July 4 1-5 p.m. 

Listen to live music from Long Island-native Emy McB while sipping on some crips wine and watching the sun fall. There’s nothing truly like spending quality time with cherished people in your life in some of the most beautiful vineyards on the Island. 


Free to Freestyle with Dancefloor at Claudio’s 

111 Main St, Greenport, NY 11944

Monday, July 4 1:30–5:30 p.m.

If fireworks aren’t your style, but you’re excited for the holiday, Claudio’s invites you to experience live music from Dancefloor and dancing to your heart’s content this Fourth of July. r Catch some summer vibes while watching the sunset on the veranda from 5-9pm.You’ll be sure to be delighted among good company and food. Have fun on a Monday!  

Whatever way you choose to celebrate, do it safely! Enjoy the holiday weekend!