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Long Island’s 2015 4th of July Weekend Guide: Fireworks, Fairs, Fun in the Sun & More!

Written by Cait Russell  |  13. June 2015

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It's that time of year again, Long Island - America's Birthday is quickly approaching, and it's time to round up your best red, white & blue patriotic garb, some sunblock, and get ready for fun! Across Long Island, Independence Day celebrations will be happening on July 4th AND 5th this year, as the holiday falls on a Saturday. This means that Long Island will be treated to twice the fun, including parades, concerts, festivals, fairs, and of course FIREWORKS! This year is especially exciting for Long Island, as the beloved Jones Beach 4th of July Firework Spectacular will be returning for the first time since 2009!
 
To help you make the most out of 4th of July Weekend, we've found all the best holiday fun, and rounded it up for you here:
 
Fireworks
Nothing says 4th of July quite like fireworks, and this year, there are more firework displays than ever before, including the return of the Jones Beach 4th of July Firework Spectacular! No matter where you are on Long Island this 4th of July, all you’ll have to do is look up at the sky and you’ll be able to enjoy some festive fireworks this holiday!
 
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Jones Beach - FREE!*
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, July 4th at 9:30 PM
*Admission is Free. Parking is $10, or Free with Your Empire Passport!
Don’t miss out on this colorful fireworks display by Garden State Fireworks! This year, WALK 97.5 FM and WHLI AM will simulcast music during the fireworks presentation.
 
Eastern End of Southern State Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730
631-224-5420
Saturday, July 11th at 8 PM
Free Event
Honor our Hometown Heroes by enjoying a  concert by the Long Island Philharmonic and a firework display by Grucci Fireworks!
 
Vista Sky Lounge's 4th of July Fireworks & BBQ!
27-05 39th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
347-536-3640
Saturday, July 4th 8 PM - 2 AM
$65 for Adults, $20 for Kids Under 12

Join Vista Lounge in NYC for their Annual Independence Day Rooftop BBQ & Macy's Fireworks Viewing Party! Enjoy a dazzling view of the Macy's Firework Display like you've never seen before, along with good friends, and great food! Call today & reserve your spot for this spectacular celebration!
 
Fireworks and Concert at Pennysaver Amphitheater - FREE!
1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville, NY  11738
631-648-2500
Saturday, July 4th at 5 PM
Free Event
Enjoy a fireworks display and concert! Fireworks will begin at dusk.
 
Stars Over Montauk - Fireworks at Umbrella Beach - FREE!
Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-2428
Saturday, July 4th 
Free Event
Celebrate 4th of July at any Town Beach for Stars Over Montauk! This event is sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce.
 
Sag Harbor Yacht Club’s Annual Independence Day Celebration
27 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-0567
Saturday, July 4th at 9:30 PM
Please Call for Pricing
This year, the event will honor John A. Ward, one of the club’s most beloved members. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display, created by the Grucci’s!
 
Celebrate 4th of July with Pyrotecnico Fireworks at Bethpage Ballpark
3 Court House Drive, Central Islip, NY 11722
Wednesday, July 8th at 6:35 PM
Pricing Varies
Enjoy a Pyrotecnico Fireworks display along with a game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs! Game starts at 6:35 PM, gates open at 5:35 PM.
 
Go 4th On The Bay at Captree State Park
3500 Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702
631-669-0449
Saturday, July 4th at 7 PM
Pricing Varies by Boat
Enjoy a scenic cruise to view Grucci’s Fireworks Spectacular on the Great South Bay! Each boat is US Coast Guard inspected & certified and carries anywhere from 40 to 175 passengers.  
 
Port Jefferson 4th of July Fireworks Display at West Beach - FREE!
121 W. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, July 4th 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM
631-473-1414
Free Event
Enjoy a fireworks display at West Beach with the Port Jefferson community! For Port Jefferson residents. 
 
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Boat Ride at One World's Fair Marina
1 World's Fair Marina, Flushing, NY 11368
516-623-5823
Saturday, July 4th 6 PM - 12 AM
$125 per Person
Board the boat in flushing and take a boat ride down the Hudson to see the Macy’s Fireworks Show front and center aboard the Starstream VIII.
 
2015 4th of July Fireworks Celebration & Concert at Mill River Park - FREE!
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Saturday, July 11th at 6:00 PM
Free Event
Enjoy food, entertainment, a performance by The South Shore Symphony and a fireworks display by Grucci Fireworks at 9:15 PM.
 
Festivals & Fairs
From craft fairs & street fairs, to festivals dedicated to theater and the arts, there’s truly fun for everyone this Independence Day Weekend, including tons of amazing free events!
 
Long Island Shakespeare Festival at SUNY Suffolk’s Ammerman Campus - FREE!
533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784
631-451-4163
Friday, July 3rd at 2 PM
Free Event
Enjoy a free performance of an abridged version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.  Performances will take place rain or shine! Bring a lawn chair to enjoy this outdoor performance!
 
Amagansett Fine Arts Festival at the American Legion Amagansett - FREE!
15 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11937
610-486-6393
Friday, July 3rd - Sunday, July 5th 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event
Don’t miss out on this festival of independent artists which will feature fine art paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, jewelry and non-functional crafts.
 
Polish-American Night at Eisenhower Park - FREE!
Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-572-0200
Sunday, July 5th at 7 PM
Free Event

Enjoy some time with the family at Polish-American Night which will feature a ton of entertainment for everyone and delicious foods.

ArtHamptons 2015 at Private Grounds
Lumber Lane & Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-283-5505
Thursday, July 2nd - Sunday, July 5th
$20+

Don’t miss out on the “Fine Arts Fair of the Hamptons” which will feature about 70 international fine art galleries who will be showcasing post-war and contemporary artists, accompanied by a major Fourth of July celebration!
 
Parades
Celebrate the 4th of July this year at a patriotic parade! Across Long Island, locals will be marching down Main Streets as they celebrate the Independence Day - you won’t want to miss out on the festive fun this year, so grab your best red, white, and blue garb and get ready for fun!
 
Independence Day Celebration at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
516-572-8400
Saturday, July 4th & Sunday, July 5th at 10 AM
Museum Admission: Adults $10, Children & Seniors $7, Children 5 & Under are Free
Don't miss out on this re-creation of a Long Island July 4th celebration 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, honoring the soldier recruits of the New York Volunteers. 
 
Port Jefferson Annual 4th of July Parade - FREE!
Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, July 4th 10 AM - 12 PM
631-473-1414
Free Event
Celebrate 4th of July with the Port Jefferson community at the annual parade along Main Street! Parade will begin at 10:00 AM.
 
Patchogue Lion's Club Annual 4th of July Parade - FREE!
Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
Saturday, July 4th at 10:30 AM
Free Event
Celebrate 4th of July with the Patchogue community! Parade will begin at 10:30 AM on Main Street.
 
6th Annual Heritage Day on Village Lane - FREE!
Orient, NY 11957
631-323-2480
Sunday, July 5th 12 PM 3 PM
Free Event

Enjoy a homegrown celebration with the Orient community by watching the parade on Village Lane to the Old Point Schoolhouse where the Declaration of Independence will be read.

Live: Fourth of July Post-Parade Party at The Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-0967
Saturday, July 4th 1 PM - 3 PM
Price Upon Registering

Enjoy a post-parade party with hot dogs, live music, face-painting and lots more entertainment for the entire family! Register ahead of time.

Concerts
Let loose this Independence Day Weekend at one of the amazing fun filled musical performances taking center stage this weekend! From Billy Joel Tributes & rockin’ good fun, to family friendly concerts in the Park, there’s concerts happening across the Island this holiday weekend that you won’t want to miss out on!

Children's Main Street 4th of July Celebration at the Bay Shore Bandshell - FREE!
Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Tuesday, July 2nd 1 PM - 4:30 PM
Free Event

Bring the kids down to the Bay Shore Bandshell for a 4th of July Celebration! Sponsored by the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library.

Movin' Out: Billy Joel Tribute at Eisenhower Park - FREE!
Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-572-0200
Friday, July 3rd at 7 PM
Free Event

Enjoy a Billy Joel Tribute by the band “Movin’ Out!”

Season Spectacular: The Beach Boys at Guild Hall
158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0806
Friday, July 3rd at 7 PM
$145- & Up

Enjoy a live concert by The Beach Boys! Benefit tickets include dinner immediately following at a private residence to be announced.

Musical Moments in Kings Park: Time Passages at Russ Savatt Park - FREE!
Main Street, Kings Park, NY 11754
Friday, July 3rd at 7:30 PM
Free Event

Enjoy a live outdoor concert by “Time Passages” as part of the Musical Moments in King Park concert series!

The Fest 2015 at The Pennysaver Amphitheater
1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville  11738
631-648-2500
Friday, July 3rd at 5 PM
Pricing Varies

The Fest 2015 will feature Casey James, Will Hoge, Chasin' Crazy and Joey Hyde. Gates open at 3 pm, concert begins at 5 pm.

David Crosby at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
631-288-1500
Friday, July 3rd 8 PM - 10 PM
$96 - $161

Enjoy a live performance by singer-songwriter, author, and social justice activist David Crosby, who also is an inductee in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer!

Sound of Summer Concert Series: The Groove at Strong's Water Club & Marina - FREE!
2255 Wickham Avenue, Mattituck, NY 11952
631-298-4739
Saturday, July 4th 4 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Enjoy a live performance by “The Groove,” as part of the Sound of Summer Concert Series!

Beethoven Piano Concert at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church - FREE!
32 No Ferry Road (Route 114), Shelter Island, NY 11964
631-749-2251
Sunday, July 5th 8 PM - 9:30 PM
Free Event

Piano concert will feature classical concert pianist, Dalia Lazar.

A Sondheim Evening at Guild Hall
158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-0806
Sunday, July 5th at 8 PM
$40 - $75

Spend an evening with “the greatest living American composer after Copland.” Enjoy music with Musical Director, Ted Sperling, who will be joined at the piano by some of Broadway’s freshest singers.

UK Legends Slaughter and The Dogs at Evenflow Bar & Grill
150 East Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-506-3658
Sunday, July 5th 5 PM - 10 PM
$13

Join us during Fightback Radio’s Independence Day Weekend Party which will feature a live performance by UK Legends Slaughter and the Dogs!

Dining
So maybe you’re not a picnic kind of person - not to worry! You can enjoy some fine dining this 4th of July as you watch the beautiful firework display at some of Long Island's most beloved eateries!

Celebrate July 4th at Ocean Restaurant!
333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
516-628-3330
Saturday, July 4th 5 PM - 11 PM
$125

Celebrate 4th of July dining on the water and indulging in some of the Island’s most exquisite cuisines while watching the beautiful sunset!

4th of July Fun Around Long Island
Planning on playing it by ear this 4th of July? No problem! There’s plenty of fun to be had all weekend long in addition to the local events happening. Here’s the scoop on our favorite things to enjoy on the 4th.

Head To Your Favorite Local Beach
A 4th of July Pastime for generations, enjoying a day at one of Long Island’s beautiful beaches is a 4th of July tradition that Long Islanders have been enjoying for generations. Pack your cooler, and get ready for fun this 4th, and head down to your local beach!

Enjoy a Relaxing Afternoon of Fishing on the Long Island Sound
What's more relaxing than an afternoon on the water? Throughout the holiday weekend, there will be plenty of fishing trips & boating excursions where you can kick back, relax, and fish all afternoon long!

Plan the Perfect Patriotic Picnic
Whether you're staying close to home, or heading out to your favorite local park this 4th of July, you won't want to miss out on these great patriotic picnic recipes which add some red, white, and blue flair to your party!

How will you be celebrating Independence Day 2015?
Let Us Know in the Comments Below!

Grucci's Firework 2012 LI Ducks Game Firework Display. Video by NY Gourmet, via YouTube.

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