LongIsland.com’s 2014 July Family Fun Guide: Patriotic Fun, Concerts, Festivals & Tons of Summer Fun!

Written by Kelly Tenny  |  01. July 2014

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July has officially started and there is a lot going on this summer on Long Island. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this season’s best summer fun!

The kids are out of school and ready to jam pack their summer full of tons of fun activities, time with friends & family, and new experiences. Long Island summers have plenty of options for kids and families, including inexpensive & free things to do.

Summer is also one of the best times to see live music. With so many venues it’s possible to find musical performances going on practically every night of the week! Whether you prefer a big, outdoor venue, or a small, intimate space, Long Island has all of the above and in between. All musical taste preferences will be able to find something they are looking for here.

July consists of one of the biggest celebrations all year: The Fourth of July! With events and fireworks displays, you cannot miss all the excitement around July 4th.

Summer on Long Island means pools, spray parks, amusement parks, and boating. Be careful this summer and practice proper sun safety! Stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and protect skin and eyes.

Fairs, Festivals, & Tons of Fun Local Events
It wouldn’t be summer without countless fairs, carnivals, and festivals to attend! Get the scoop on the best upcoming events throughout the month of July here!

Oyster Bay Music Festival: Classical with Attitude FREE
Christ Episcopal Church of Oyster Bay, 61 E. Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Wednesday, July 2nd - 7;30 PM

Classical music, and music & dance lovers in general, rejoice and visit this festival full of live musical performances. Special guests from the Eglevsky Ballet will also be collaborating with the musical performances.

Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Festival
6164 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792 - Across from CVS Wading River
Wednesday, July 2nd - Saturday, July 5th - 6 PM to 11 PM
Free admission $30 P.O.P rides

Enjoy carnival games, rides, food and a lovely fireworks show on the 2nd at 9 p.m.

37th Annual Mattituck Old Fashioned Street Fair FREE
Main Street, Mattituck, NY 11952
Saturday, July 12th

Come and visit this old fashioned street fair featuring unique crafts & gifts, food, and entertainment.

13th Annual Summer Street Festival FREE
Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772
Thursday, July 17th & Thursday, July 31st - 5 PM - 9 PM

Spend your summer nights at the 13th annual “Alive after Five” festival and enjoy live music, beer, food trucks, and many craft and retail vendors. They also provide children’s amusements and activities.

2nd Annual Long Beach Super Boardwalk and Street Fair FREE
125 East Broadway, Long Beach, NY 11561
Saturday, July 19th & Sunday, July 20th - 10 AM - 6 PM

Take a walk near the ocean and down the boardwalk and take in the sights. Peruse the craft fair and smell the tasty aromas coming from the food vendors. You can also take a swim but for a fee.

St. Rocco Festival
Firemen's Field, Shore Avenue, Oyster Bay NY 11771
Wednesday, July 9th - Sunday, July 13th - Wed-Sat 6 PM - 11 PM, Sun 5 PM - 10 PM
Free admission $30 P.O.P rides

Get into the celebratory spirit with a fireworks show on Saturday and plenty of rides, games, and food to keep you entertained.

Deepwells Farm Art & Craft Summer Festival
Deepwells Farm Historic Park, Route 25A & Moriches Road, St. James, NY 11780
Saturday, July 19th & Sunday, July 20th - 10 AM - 5 PM

Listen to some great live music, eat some delicious food, and browse the craft fair. The kids can enjoy the pony rides and various other activities and amusements they have for the little ones.

Fire Island Dance Festival
Fire Island National Seashore, 120 Laurel Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
Saturday, July 19th & Sunday, July 20th
$125 - $325

This charitable event features professional dance companies performing a variety of genres, from Broadway to Ballet. The event benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Country Fest LI
Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp, 3186 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901
Saturday, July 26th & Sunday, July 27th - 11 AM - 7 PM
$10 - Ages 10 and under are FREE

Dig out those cowboy boots and head on down to Country Fest to hear plenty of live country music and have a blast getting your dance on. The festival will also include monster trucks, beer, food, BBQ, carnival rides & games, and kids events. There will be something for everyone.

Hicksville’s 11th Annual Summer Fair
Kennedy Park, Route 107 & Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville, NY 11801
Sunday, July 20th - 11 AM - 6 PM

Don’t miss out on the fun of a full day packed with live musical performances, delicious food, facepainting, rides, and even more entertainment.

New York Summer AutoFest VII
Sears Auto Center, 195 N. Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801
Sunday, July 13th - 9 AM - 5 PM
$5, Ages under 12 FREE

Bring the whole family and spend the day gawking at the spectacular cars, trucks, and motorcycles. There will be food, music, prizes, vendors, and a craft fair.

Holiday House Hamptons
Watchcase, 15 Church Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Thursday, July 3rd – Sunday, August 10th – 11 AM – 5 PM

Come see the work of top designers in the interior design industry as they alter three new residences and raise awareness and revenue for breast cancer.

Long Island International Film Expo
Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710
Wednesday July 9th – Thursday July 17th – Varying Times
$10 per film block, $8 for senior citizens, students, and Filmmakers Connection Members

Come out to support the arts and enjoy over a hundred different independent films from all over the world. The expo will be showing 158 feature-length and short films, including 37 that were shot right here on Long Island!

Fourth of July Firework Events & Locations
Take the family out to see the beautiful fireworks displays and shows happening around Long Island. To check out our entire 4th of July Family Fun Guide for 2014, click here!

July Fourth Celebration FREE
Brookhaven Amphitheater, 55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY 11738
Friday, July 4th - 5 PM

Sit on the hill and take in a concert, Captain Jack and the Uncovered, before enjoying the fireworks display beginning at 9:15 p.m.

July 4th Concert: Denice Given Band FREE
West Beach, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Friday, July 4th - 7 PM - 9:30 PM

Bring along your own lawn chair, some grub, and refreshments, to listen to the Denise Given Band and watch the fireworks show. The parking lot for West Beach is residents only so look for parking elsewhere.

Asharoken Fireworks FREE
Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken, NY 11768
Friday, July 4th - 9 PM

Watch a brilliant fireworks show being launched off of a barge in the Long Island Sound. The actual fireworks show will begin at 9:20 p.m. Be aware, there is no parking on any of the Village streets and no public parking lots either.

Fireworks at Morgan Park FREE
Morgan Park, Germaine Street and Landing Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Friday, July 4th - 9 PM

Pick a spot in the park and relax while you take in the awe-inspiring fireworks display.

Annual Carnival & Fireworks Show FREE
Greenport Fire Department, 236 3rd Street, Greenport, NY 11954
Tuesday, July 1st - Saturday, July 5th - 6 PM

Get in some thrills and fun at the carnival before enjoying the fireworks shows, presented by the Greenport Fire Department Phenix Hook & Ladder Company, on the 4th and 5th starting at 10 p.m.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular FREE NYC EVENT
Along the Hudson River, New York City
Friday, July 4th - 8 PM

If you’re looking to see a grand display of fireworks this is the fireworks show to see. The event will have over 40,000 fireworks taking off to the sounds of a 25 minute soundtrack. Can’t make it into the city for the show? Watch it from home on NBC.

Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Festival
6164 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792 - Across from CVS Wading River
Wednesday, July 2nd - Saturday, July 5th - 6 PM to 11 PM
Free admission $30 P.O.P rides

Not only can you watch a beautiful fireworks show on July the 2nd at 9 p.m. but you can enjoy some food, games, and rides too!

Cross Sound Ferry Annual Fireworks Cruise
Cross Sound Ferry, 41270 Main Rd., Orient, NY 11957
Saturday, July 12th - 7 PM

Cruise on over to New London while you view a beautiful pyrotechnic display put on by the professionals at Grucci.

Go 4th on the Bay 2014
Great South Bay-Connetquot River Between Great River & Oakdale, NY - East of the Snapper Inn
Thursday, July 3rd

Enjoy a fantastic fireworks show put on by Grucci, professionals of the pyrotechnic arts, overlooking the Great South Bay.

Stars Over Montauk
Montauk Beaches, Montauk, NY 11954
Friday, July 4th - 9 PM

Visit any of the local Montauk town beaches this 4th of July and you’ll have front row seats to a spectacular fireworks show.

Fireworks & Fine Dining: The Crescent Beach Club
333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
Friday, July 4th

Want to sit down to a nice meal followed up by a fireworks show? Enjoy the show from the restaurant and their private deck.

Long Island Ducks Ballgame & Fireworks
Bethpage Ballpark, 3 Court House Drive, Central Islip, NY 11722
Friday, July 4th - 7:05 PM

Take in a baseball game followed by a fireworks show. Cheer on the Long Island Ducks as they take on the Camden Riversharks.

Fireworks Cruises
Freeport Water Taxis and Tours, Richmond Street, Freeport, NY 11520
Friday, July 4th & Saturday, July 5th - 9 PM - 11 PM
$30 per person

Instead of driving around looking for a fireworks show, and dealing with traffic, relax and take a ride out into the water to enjoy a spectacular fireworks show.

Valley Stream's Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show
Firemen’s Memorial Field, E. Fenimore St & Albermarle Ave, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Friday, July 4th - 6 PM

$7 for tickets purchased beforehand, $10 for tickets at the gate
Enjoy live music by Uppercut while you wait for the ground show to start at 8 p.m. and the aerial fireworks display to begin at 9:15 p.m.

Southampton 27th Annual American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci
Southampton Fresh Air Home, 36 Barkers Island Road, Southampton, NY 11968
Friday, July 4th - 7 PM - 10 PM

The perfect place to bring the kids to enjoy an American style picnic, with tons of food and games for kids of all ages. Then don’t forget to take in the fantastic fireworks show put on by the Grucci professionals. Donations go to support The Southampton Fresh Air Home for physically challenged children.

Montauk's Independence Day Celebration
Umbrella Beach, Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Friday, July 4th - 9 PM - 9:45 PM

View the beautiful fireworks display, sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, on any town beach in Montauk.

Concerts & Live Music
Summertime is the prime time for live music. Who doesn’t love to sing along with their favorite musical artists, or just relax outside in the nice weather and listen to a local band play?

Sweet Sounds of Summer at Smith Haven Mall FREE
Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755
Thursdays in July on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st - 6 PM

Enjoy free concerts in the Lifestyle Village at Smith Haven Mall every Thursday throughout July. The line-up includes: 45 RPM, Blue Tourmaline, The LiverPool Shuffle, Desert Highway, and Songs in the Attic.

Almost Queen: Ultimate Queen Tribute Band FREE
The Gazebo, Across from Nesconset Plaza, Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset, NY 11767
Tuesday, July 15th - 7:30 PM

Bring along your own seat, a blanket, and some snacks, to enjoy the Queen musical experience, part of the Free Outdoor Concert Series.

New York Minute Band at JC Cove Restaurant FREE
JC Cove Waterfront Restaurant, 229 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520
Friday, July 4th - 7 PM - 11 PM

Enjoy some grub and a drink while you listen to this musical experience that combines DJing and music band.

The Sly Geralds Band FREE
Acorn Lane Pool & Park, Acorn Lane, Levittown, NY 11756
516-292-9000 ext. 7382
Wednesday, July 2nd - 8 PM

Come on down and listen to this brassy, New Orleans style band.

Summer Concerts: Presented by Village of Lake Grove FREE
Lake Grove Village Hall, 980 Hawkins Avenue, Lake Grove, NY 11755
Sunday, July 13th & Sunday, July 20th

Bring your own seat or blanket and enjoy Lake Grove’s free concert series featuring the Nicoll’s Road Band and 60’s Invasion. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at this event.

Jettykoon Live Music FREE
Sole East Resorts - Backyard, 90 Second House Road, Montauk, NY 11954
Friday, July 4th & Friday, July 18th - 7 PM - 11 PM

Sit by the pool or grab a lounge chair and relax to the tunes of acoustic groove band Jettykoon.

Concert: Swingtime Big Band FREE
Andrew J. Parise Park, Cedarhust Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY 11516
Tuesday, July 1st - 8 PM

Just try not to dance while this 20 piece jazz ensemble plays famous swing tunes from the Great American Songbook. I warn you, it’ll be tough to keep those feet from tapping.

Fourth of July Holiday Concert: Long Island Brass Band FREE
Connetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716
Thursday, July 3rd - 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Celebrate the 4th of July a day early with the sounds of this traditional brass band.

Glen Cove Downtown Sounds FREE
Glen & Bridge Streets, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Friday July 11th, Friday, July 18th & Friday, July 25th - 7:30 - 9:30 PM

The Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District is holding a weekly summer concert series that will include smaller stages for children's shows and acoustic sessions.

That 70’s Band - Nesconset FREE
The Gazebo, Across from Nesconset Plaza - Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset, NY 11767
Tuesday, July 1st - 7:30 PM

Bring your own blanket and groove to the 70’s music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool and the Gang, and Donna Summer.

Songs in the Attic: Billy Joel Musical Tribute FREE
The Gazebo, Across from Nesconset Plaza - Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY 11767
Tuesday, July 8th - 7:30 PM
The summer wouldn’t be complete without listening to a tribute to Long Island’s very own Billy Joel. You’ll be sure to hear favorites like, “Piano Man” and “Only The Good Die Young.”

Summer Twilight Concert Series FREE
Pulaski Street School, 300 Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
Monday, July 7th & Monday, July 21st - 7:30 PM

Bring a chair and enjoy the variety of musical sounds, ranging from Broadway show tunes to contemporary pop, performed by No Doubt World Famous Monday Night Band. If the weather does not hold up the show will be moved into the auditorium.

Bon Journey FREE
The Gazebo, Across from Nesconset Plaza - Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset, NY 11767
Tuesday, July 29th - 7:30 PM

Come on down, bring a blanket and enjoy the musical mixture of Journey and Bon Jovi songs done by Bon Journey.

Concert: Unforgettable Fire FREE
Tanner Park, S. Karrigan Road, Copiague, NY 11726
Wednesday, July 2nd - 7:30 PM
Check out this U2 cover band playing at Tanner Park. You won’t be caught saying, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” unless of course you’re singing along.

Summer Concert Series: Desert Highway Band FREE
Medford Memorial Park, Route 112, Medford, NY 11763
Wednesday, July 23rd - 7 PM - 9 PM

You’ll be having a great time and singing along to, “Hotel California” as you enjoy the music from The Eagles performed by Desert Highway.

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Wednesday, July 30th - 5:30 PM
$20 - $100

If you’re looking for some metal music to listen to this summer Mayhem Festival is for you. The featured bands are Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, and Asking Alexandria.

Dirty Heads and Pepper with Special Guest AER
The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Thursday, July 24th - 8 PM
$32.50 - $60

Sway along to the reggae-rock music, sure to give you that feel-good vibe.

Lionel Richie
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Friday, July 25th - 7:30 PM
$20 - $186.75

Infamous, chart-topping, solo artist Lionel Richie will be playing all of his hits, “All Night Long.”

Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band 70’s Funk
Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
Saturday, July 5th - 8 PM

Dance the night away to the groovy, soulful, 70s music of Earth, Wind & Fire.

Boston: Heaven on Earth Tour
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Tuesday, July 1st - 7:30 PM
$37.50 - $112.50

It’s, “More Than a Feeling” you’ll get while listening to the classic rock sounds of Boston and Cheap Trick at the Nikon Theater.

American Idol Live
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke, Uniondale, NY 11553
Friday, July 11th - 7 PM
Cost varies

For all you American Idol fans the stars are coming to you! Listen along as your favorite Season 13 contestants belt out some favorite tunes.

The Beach Boys
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, July 5th - 7:30 PM
$29.50 - $79.50

Nothing says summer quite so much as these great hits from The Beach Boys, like, “Surfin’ USA” and “Good Vibrations.” Get in the summer spirit and sing along with these timeless classics from the 60s and 70s.

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Thursday, July 10th - 7:30 PM
$39.50 - $179.50

You’ll feel plenty of, “Sweet Emotion” while listening to Aerosmith, especially with Steven Tyler’s exception vocals.

Spin Doctors
The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590
Friday, June 11th - 8 PM
$25 - $30

Come out and listen to this New York City bred band with popular hits like, “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” from the 90s.

The Warped Tour
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, July 12th - 11 AM
$49.50 - $59.50

Spend the entire day listening to a plethora of bands on multiple stages. The venue has food, beer, rides, merchandise tents, and other retail vendors.

The Go-Go’s
The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Thursday, July 3rd - 8 PM
$45 - $75

This all-female band were trailblazers on the Top Billboard charts being the the first of their kind to play their own instruments and write their own music. They were 100% correct when they stated, “We Got The Beat.” They sure do.

8th Annual Great South Bay Music Festival
Shorefront Park, On the Bay, Patchogue, NY 11772
Friday, July 18th, Saturday, July 19th, & Sunday, July 20th
$30 - $65

This festival offers a wide variety of American musical talent with artists ranging from Taking Back Sunday, to Moe, to B.B. King. The festival will also have a kids zone concentrating in fun and educational activities and an artisan market featuring unique gifts and creations.

Alanis Morissette
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Saturday, July 26th - 8 PM
$79.50 - $89.50

Grammy award winning, singer and guitarist Alanis Morissette will be gracing the stage with her powerful female vocals and strong lyrical talent.

Lady Antebellum
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Sunday, July 27th - 7 PM
$31 - $56.75

This popular country music trio and Grammy-nominated group are coming to Long Island. Some of their phenomenal hit singles include, “Need You Now” and “Love Don’t Live Here.”

Straight No Chaser
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Sunday, July 13th - 7 PM

This a cappella guy group, and YouTube sensation, are not to be missed. Their harmonies and vocal ranges will have your ears singing while you’re bopping in your seat.

Wiz Khalifa
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Thursday, July 31st - 6 PM
$23.75 - $109.50

Come see MTV’s voted, “Hottest Breakthrough Hip Hop Artist of 2010” well known for his hit song, “Black and Yellow” at Jones Beach this July.

Summer Fun Activities
Go outside and enjoy the sun and warm weather while you can! Summer is the best time to partake in fun activities you already love, or to take a chance and try something brand new!

Swimming Pools
Not everyone has a swimming pool of their own at home but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your swimming privileges this summer. Grab your bathing suit, head out to the nearest public pool, and take a dip there.

Sprinkler Parks
Looking to get some relief from the heat? Sprinkler parks provide a great way to have fun while cooling yourself off. The kids will love running around and playing in the water.

It wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the beach! Luckily no matter where you are on Long Island the beautiful beaches are never far away.

Amusement Parks
Go for a wild ride at one of the various amusement parks Long Island has to offer. The whole family will have a blast.

Visit The Animals
There are many places on Long Island to go see animals, and pet them too! For fish lovers there are aquariums and even butterfly houses for butterfly lovers. Get educated and have a great time while learning about various species of animals. The kids will have a blast!

Summer Reading
Whether you already have your next book picked out, or you need to run down to your local library for some new material, summer is a great time to enjoy the sun and outdoors while relaxing outside with a good book. Visit a nearby park, find a spot by a tree or a cozy bench, and take in nature while you read.

Still not sure how to make the most out of July? We’ve got you covered! Be sure to check out our Things To Do Section for fun that can be enjoyed all week long, and don’t forget to head over to our Events Calendar for the hottest happenings of the month!

With all of the great festivities, happenings, and things that Long Island has to offer, tell us, what’s on your summer bucket list?

Gallery Images by Kelly Tenny.

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