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LongIsland.com's 2016 4th of July Weekend Fun Guide: Spectacular Fireworks, Family Festivals & More!

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Long Islanders will be celebrating America’s independence this year with an extended weekend filled with energy and family fun!

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There's no better way to enjoy the 4th of July than enjoying a breathtaking firework display!

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Everybody loves a great birthday party, and since The United States of America is turning 240 years old this year! Independence Day weekend  is packed with fantastic, unforgettable events here on Long Island celebrating America's Independence - how will you be celebrating?

Since July 4th falls on a Monday this year, not only will Long Islanders get to enjoy an extended weekend, but festivals, parades, and fireworks shows are scheduled all weekend long! From fireworks, to parades, festivals, and fun at the beach, there's a ton of fun for the whole family - from Manhattan to Montauk!
 
If you're ready to get your fun on this 4th of July, you've come to the right place - you won't need to look far this Independence Day for a weekend's worth of entertainment!
 
Embrace your patriotism this year with some of these great events:
 
Spectacular Firework Displays & Extravaganzas
The defining aspect of every 4th of July is a fantastic fireworks show, and luckily for Long Islanders, there are tons of shows to choose from! From Jones Beach to Montauk, it’s going to be quite difficult to miss the exploding colors that will be streaking across the night sky!
 
Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Jones Beach - FREE!*
Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
516-785-1600
Monday, July 4th at 9:30 PM
Free Admission ($10 Parking Fee)
The sky above Jones Beach will be lit up with fantastic colors when Astoria Bank brings their renowned fireworks show to the South Shore!
 
Stars Over Montauk - 4th of July Fireworks at Umbrella Beach - FREE!
Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-2428
Monday, July 4th at 9 PM
Free Event
Umbrella Beach’s annual fireworks display combines a family-friendly atmosphere with one of the most spectacular shows on Long Island!
 
Celebrate 4th of July at Ocean Restaurant
333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
516-628-3330
Monday, July 4th at 6 PM
$100 Per Person

Ocean Restaurant will be having a special Independence Day celebration featuring mouth-watering appetizers, delectable entrees, and perfect desserts to top everything off with.
 
Southampton Fresh Air Home’s Annual American Picnic & Fireworks
1030 Meadow Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
Friday, July 1st
See Event Listing For Pricing
The Annual Picnic Benefit returns to Southampton for its 29th iteration, and it is set to feature children’s games, picnic food, and a great fireworks show over Shinnecock Bay.
 
TD Bank’s Celebrate America Fireworks Show at Eisenhower Park - FREE!
Merrick Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-572-0355
Saturday, July 2nd at 5 PM
Free Event
Head to Eisenhower Park for a special fireworks show for all ages as part of the Nassau County 2016 Summer Concert Series.
 
Sag Harbor Independence Day Fireworks Celebration - FREE!
21 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-0567
Saturday, July 2nd at 9:30 PM
Free Event
Celebrate America’s birthday with an enormous fireworks show over Sag Harbor Yacht Club. This show regularly attracts 20,000+ visitors, so it will certainly be a night to remember!
 
Long Island Ducks vs. Sugar Land Skeeters at Bethpage Ballpark
3 Courthouse Drive, Central Islip, NY 11772
631-940-3825
Sunday, July 3rd at 6:30 PM
$12 - $15 Per Person
In addition to a heated match-up between the Long Island Ducks and the Sugar Land Skeeters, attendees will be treated to a fantastic fireworks display presented by Grucci Fireworks!
 
7-in-Heaven Singles - LI Ducks Game, BBQ, & Fireworks
3 Courthouse Drive, Central Islip, NY 11772
631-940-3825
Sunday, July 3rd from 5 PM - 9:30 PM
$39 Per Person
7-in-Heaven Singles will be partying at the Long Island Ducks' home game against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Enjoy a pre-game BBQ as well as the post-game Grucci Fireworks Show!
 
July 4th Grucci Fireworks Spectacular at Pennysaver Amphitheater - FREE!
1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville, NY 11738
Monday, July 4th from 5 PM - 10 PM
Free Event
Featuring live performances by Captain Jack and Back Trax, the free family event at Pennysaver Amphitheater will conclude with a massive fireworks display!
 
Singles 4th of July Fireworks Cruise at Captree State Park
3500 Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702
631-592-9804
Monday, July 4th, 6:15 PM - 10:30 PM
$48 Per Person
Enjoy a full buffet and fireworks over the bay on this special 4th of July cruise that will also serve as a great social event.
 
Fireworks Cruises 4th of July Celebration
405 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
718-659-8181
Monday, July 4th from 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
$30 Per Person
Fireworks Cruises’ summer season opens on the Fourth of July, and will feature a beautiful fireworks display set right off the coast of Rye.
 
July 4th Montauk Fireworks Dinner Cruise Fundraiser
462 West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-2428
Monday, July 4th, 6:45 PM
$75 Per Person

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be holding a fundraiser aboard the Viking Starship on the 4th of July! Passengers will enjoy an All-American buffet dinner as they watch the Grucci Fireworks display off of Umbrella Beach.
 
Parades & Festivals
Independence Day entertainment is not solely focused on fireworks, as there are great local events covering everything from town parades to athleticism!
 
Port Jefferson's Fourth of July Parade - FREE!
Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-473-8910
Monday, July 4th from 10 AM - 12 PM
Free Event
Port Jefferson Village will come alive with energy on the 4th thanks to a huge, patriotic parade that is perfect for kids and adults alike to either spectate or march in!
 
Oysterponds Historical Society's Heritage Day 2016 - FREE!
Village Lane, Orient, NY 11957
631-323-2480
Sunday, July 3rd from 12 PM - 3 PM
Free Event
Featuring a parade, food and music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a bicycle decorating contest, Oysterponds Historical Society is the place to be for family fun!
 
Amagansett Fine Arts Festival 2016 at the American Legion - FREE!
15 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11937
610-864-3500
Friday, July 1st through Sunday, July 3rd
Free Event
Between paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the Amagansett Fine Arts Festival is dedicated to showcasing the unique works of independent artists.
 
4th of July Celebration - Oyster Bay Senior Center - FREE!
45 East Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-1770
Friday, July 1st at 11:30 AM
Free Event

The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay invites Long Island seniors to participate in this special social gathering in honor of Independence Day!

4th of July Celebration - Great Neck Senior Center - FREE!
80 Grace Avenue, Great Neck, NY 11201
516-487-0025
Friday, July 1st, 12 PM - 1 PM
Free Event

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano invites residents to head to Great Neck Senior Center for an afternoon of fun provided by the Nassau County Office for the Aging.
 
Fabulous 4th Race in Memory of Sean Ryan
Laurelton Boulevard, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-349-7646
Monday, July 4th at 8 AM
$10 - $25 Per Person
Grab your running sneakers and prepare to participate in this fast and flat 2.49 mile race that will take you to the beautiful Long Beach Boardwalk.
 
1861 Independence Day Celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
516-572-8400
Monday, July 4th from 10 AM - 4 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing
You won’t know that a century and a half has passed since 1861 when you arrive at Old Bethpage Village Restoration for its incredibly accurate depiction of a vintage Independence Day celebration.
 
Fourth of July Brunch at Parlay Gastropub
210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-282-9904
Monday, July 4th, 11 AM - 3 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Join Parlay Gastropub for a delicious brunch in celebration of America's independence! Be sure to make your reservations early!
 
4th Of July Sound Sensitivity & Holiday Pooch Party
251 Voice Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
516-280-8331
Monday, July 4th, 5 PM - 10 PM
$30 Per Person

Due to how stressful fireworks displays can be for our four-legged friends, The Martial ARFS Dog Training & Fitness Center invites you to bring your pooch for a social and peaceful gathering away from the noise.
 
Concerts
There are few better ways to get into the spirit of the holiday than with a foot-stomping setlist played by a live band! With plenty of great shows, many of which are kick-offs to the town summer concert series, there will be no shortage of great music this year!
 
Glen Cove Friday Night Downtown Sounds - FREE!
Village Square, Glen Cove, NY 11542
516-759-6970
Friday, July 1st at 7:30 PM
Free Event
For the first show of the Friday Night Downtown Sounds' season, The Patriot Brass Ensemble will be playing a setlist of America's favorite patriotic tunes in honor of Fourth of July Weekend!
 
City of Long Beach's 2016 Summer Concert Series - FREE!
National Boulevard Beach, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-431-1000
Monday, July 4th at 8 PM
Free Event
Current Affair with American Idol's Pia Toscano will be kicking off Long Beach's Summer Concert Series with an energetic set to celebrate the 4th of July in style on Long Island's South Shore!
 
Sounds of Summer: Mambo Loco at Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976
631-283-2118
Friday, July 1st at 6 PM
Free With Museum Admission
The Mildred C. Brinn Terrace will be the stage for Mambo Loco, who will be blending Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music with Latin jazz for a truly unique vibe.
 
Summer Concerts at The Bellport Bandshell - FREE!
Bellport Village Marina, Bellport, NY 11713
631-286-0327
Friday, July 1st at 8 PM
Free Event
Playing the best of the blues and classic rock, Stone Blu will be opening the Summer Concert Series at Bellport's Bandshell on Friday, July 1st!
 
Lakeside Theatre at Eisenhower Park's Summer Concert Series - FREE!
Merrick Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-572-0355
Friday, July 1st at 8 PM
Free Event
You don't have to have been Born in the USA to enjoy Tramps Like Us, the renowned Bruce Springsteen cover band, at Eisenhower Park!
 
4th Annual Sound of Summer Music Series at Strong's Water Club & Marina - FREE!
2255 Wickham Avenue, Mattituck, NY 11952
631-298-4739
Saturday, July 2nd from 4 PM - 8 PM
Free Event
Take in the beautiful sunset on Strong Water Club & Marina's lawn as Project Vibe performs the music that will define your summer soundtrack!
 
Hello Brooklyn at The Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, July 2nd at 11 PM
$10 Per Person
Hello Brooklyn will be taking the stage at The Stephen Talkhouse for a lively set filled with your favorite pop, rock, and dance hits!
 
6th Annual Fest at Pennysaver Amphitheater
1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville, NY 11738
Sunday, July 3rd at 5 PM
$35 - $100 Per Person
The Fest returns to the Pennysaver Amphitheater this year, featuring performances by Chris Young, Canaan Smith, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, and Lanco!
 
Senior Pops Orchestra at Chapin Rainbow Stage-Heckscher Park - FREE!
Main Street (25A) & Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
516-414-1831
Sunday, July 3rd at 8:30 PM
Free Event
The Senior Pops Orchestra will be performing all of your favorite patriotic tunes as part of the 51st Huntington Summer Arts Festival.
 
Tropix on the Mile July 4th Day Party
395 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520
347-592-0300
Monday, July 4th, 2 PM - 10 PM
$25 Per Person

Freeport's Nautical Mile will be the source of an incredible Fourth of July celebration featuring the hottest DJs straight out of NYC.
 
Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate Independence Day 2016
No matter how you'd like to enjoy Independence Day Weekend, there's fun for everyone this holiday on Long Island. If you're looking for something a bit more low key, then you're in luck! We've rounded up some great ways to enjoy the 4th of July, and the long weekend! So get ready to kick back, relax, and have some fun!

Dive into Fun at One of LI’s Beautiful Beaches
Nothing says Long Island Summer quite like a trip to one of our beautiful local beaches. This Independence Day, thousands will flock to Long Island's shores for some fun in the sun - and with good reason!

Not only can you enjoy the beautiful weather & spend some time swimming, but lots of our local beaches are prime places to watch firework displays from!

Plan the Perfect Patriotic Picnic or BBQ
Whether you're thinking of heading to a local park, or you're just looking for a low-key hangout in your backyard, enjoying a picnic or BBQ is a great way to make the most of the great outdoors this holiday weekend!

Go Swimming at the Local Public Pool
Looking for a way to beat the heat without having to deal with the crowds down to the beach? No problem! Long Island is home to lots of local public pools in both Nassau & Suffolk - many of which will be open for the holiday, and all summer long!

Enjoy a day of Fishing out on the Great South Bay or the Long Island Sound
Throughout the holiday weekend, there will be plenty of fishing excursions setting sail on party boats on both shores. If you're looking for a way to enjoy some summer fun that is a bit more low key, then a fishing excursion is the perfect escape!

No matter how you plan on celebrating this 4th of July Weekend, make sure you stay safe while you're having fun. Protect yourself from excess sun exposure, know your limits, make sure the family is in the know about Swimming Safety, and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
 
From all of us here at LongIsland.com, have a Happy, Healthy & Safe 4th of July!
 
Which Independence Day Events Will You Be Attending This Year?
Let Us Know In The Comments Below!
 

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