Commemorating the 4th of July

From parades and carnivals to fireworks displays around the tri-state area
July 4, 2008 8:10:34 PM PDT
The 4th of July might be over, but that doesn't mean people are celebrating! Read on for more information on parades and carnivals to spectacular fireworks across the Tri-State area this weekend.Commemorating the 4th of July

We've listed some events happening in the tri-state area below. We will continue to add events as we learn of them.

New York City:

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

The spectacular Macy's July 4th fireworks display is a New York tradition -- and you have to see it to truly appreciate it.

The 2008 Macy's fireworks show will feature more than 120,000 colorful bursts of pyrotechnic color over New York City. The theme for this year's show is "America Dances" and the musical score will feature dance-themed tunes, including a rendition of "Save the Last Dance for Me" with soloist Katherine McPhee.

The 2008 Macy's fireworks will be launched from the traditional location on the East River between 10th and 23rd Streets and from a location near the South Street Seaport.The celebration will begin at 7:00 pm with the first firework set to explode into color over the East River at approximately 9:20 pm.

Long Island:

There are many ways to celebrate the 4th of July on Long Island, from fireworks to parades to carnivals to races.

L.I. Ducks Fireworks Extravaganzas Citibank Park in Central Islip Thursday, July 3, Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 when the Ducks vs. Bridgeport Bluefish. Games begin at 7:05 p.m.

Brookhaven 4th of July Celebration
The Brookhaven Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville
Friday, July 4; doors open at 5:30 p.m., showtime is at 7 p.m.

Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular
Jones Beach State Park

Friday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks and Police Car Demolition Derby
Riverhead Raceway

Saturday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m. (raindate for fireworks: July 12); gates open at 3 p.m.

  • Click Here: Full list of Fireworks displays on LI


    These parades are all on Friday July 4:
    Patchogue: Main Street at 10:30 a.m.
    Port Jefferson: Main Street at 10 a.m.
    Southampton, Main Street at 10 a.m.


    East Islip Fire Department Carnival
    Connetquot Avenue
    Friday, July 4 through Monday, July 7

    Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
    Old Bethpage Village Restoration
    Friday, July 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Picnic behind the Noon Inn as you listen to fiddlers and commemorate the holiday as you would have in 1865.


    Bellmore Striders Independence Day Run
    Pettit Avenue in Bellmore
    Friday, July 4: One-mile youth run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the four-mile run begins at 9 a.m.; check-in before 8:30 a.m.

    Shoreham-Wading River July 4th Race
    Friday, July 4: One-mile run begins at 8 a.m. and 5K run begins at 8:30 a.m.
    Miller Avenue School on Miller Avenue in Shoreham.

    Southampton Firecracker 8K
    Agawam Park, Southampton Village

    Sunday, July 6 at 8:30 a.m.

    Massapequa Firecracker 5K
    Brady Park in Massapequa

    Sunday, July 6 at 5 p.m.

    New Jersey:


    JERSEY CITY: 3:00 p.m. concert starts at Liberty State Park. Fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m.


    RIDGEWOOD: Festivities will begin with a flag-raising ceremony at 9:00 a.m. at Wilsey Square and continue with a parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monroe Street and Godwin Avenue and ending at Northern Parkway and Linwood Avenue.
    RIVER EDGE: A parade led by grand marshal and retired police chief Ronald Starace will step off at 11 a.m. at Bogert Road and continue to Continental Avenue.
    RINGWOOD: Festivities at Ringwood Manor in Ringwood State Park will begin at 2 p.m. with a Revolutionary War militia muster by reenactors and continue at 2:30 with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a flag raising, ceremonial musket volley and ringing of the manor house bell.
    RUTHERFORD: Celebrations begin with the Baby Parade for Rutherford children 5 and younger at 10 a.m. in Lincoln Park. Fireworks at 9:15 at Memorial Park Diamonds.
    PARAMUS: Celebrations will begin at 9 a.m. with a parade from Fairview Avenue and Century Road to Memorial School.
    GLEN ROCK: A parade with the theme "Glen Rock Goes Green" will take place 9:30 a.m. at Harristown Road and Hamilton Avenue
    ORADELL: A parade will be at 9 a.m. Oradell Avenue and Third Street and end at Memorial Field on Prospect Avenue
    RIDGEFIELD PARK: Observances begin at 7:30 a.m. with a flag-raising by the Boy Scouts at Memorial Plaza, Euclid Avenue at Mount Vernon Street. The main parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Hudson Avenue and Preston Street and end at Brewster Park.
    TENAFLY: Fireworks display at 9 p.m. at Tenafly High School on Columbus Drive.
    HACKENSACK: Festivities are planned in Foschini Park off River Street 3:00 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m
    LYNDHURST: Festivities for residents will begin at 6 p.m. behind the little league fields on Riverside Avenue. Fireworks display at dusk.


    BLOOMFIELD: The gates will open at Foley Field at 5 p.m. for an evening of music, food and fireworks. Jersey Sound will cover hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Children and children of all ages will have the chance to enjoy the kids' carnival and face painting. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
    MONTCLAIR: The Independence Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Bloomfield Avenue and S. Fullerton Avenue in Mountainside Park where The Kootz will rock until the 9 p.m. fireworks.
    MAPLEWOOD: The 106th annual Maplewood July 4th celebration will open at 8 a.m. in Ricalton Square. The Push Pedal Pull Parade kicks off at 8:15 a.m.
    MILBURN: An Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration will begin at Taylor Park at 9 a.m. with a flag raising and Patriot Award presentation. The Bike-Trike-Stroller Parade will start at 9:30 a.m.


    CLIFTON: A fireworks display will begin at dusk at the Clifton Schools Stadium in the park.


    MOUNTAIN LAKES: 9:30 a.m. Annual 4th of July Fun Races at the Mountain Lakes Club, 18 Lake Drive. Races begin at 10 a.m. A fireworks display over Mountain Lake is planned at 9:00 p.m..
    MENDHAM: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mendham Twp. annual 4th of July Parade in Brookside.


    ASBURY PARK: A parade starts downtown at the intersection of Cookman and Grand Avenues at 1:00, and will end with awards at the stairs to the newly renovated Paramount Theatre. Then at 7 p.m. Country singers Arlen Steils and Rick Barry, will perform a free concert on a stage on the Fifth Avenue beach. Fireworks will be launched off the Third Avenue Beach, with the best viewing at the Fifth Avenue Beach, around 9:00 p.m.

  • Click here: Complete list of fireworks displays in NJ

    Westchester & Putnam Counties
  • Click here: Fireworks in Westchester & Putnam

    Orange County

    Click Here


  • Click here: Fourth of July Events in Connecticut

    Manhattan Closures:

  • FDR Drive, from Broad Street to the Brooklyn Bridge, and from Houston Street to 63rd Street from 3 p.m. until approximately 1 a.m., July 5th, or until cleanup is complete
  • South Street between Dover Street and the Whitehall Ferry Terminal
  • Bike path north of Brooklyn Bridge to Rutgers Street
  • Water Street, between Moore Street and Fulton Street


  • Northbound traffic to use 1st Avenue
  • Southbound traffic to use 2nd Avenue
  • Westbound traffic coming off the Queensborough Bridge to proceed north on 1st Avenue (Pedestrians not allowed to view from Queensborough Bridge)
  • Brooklyn Bridge traffic into Manhattan routed along FDR Drive to Houston Street exit (Pedestrians not allowed to view from Brooklyn Bridge)

    Brooklyn Closures

    8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

  • Montague Street, between Court Street and entrance to Promenade
  • Hicks Street, between Atlantic Ave and Old Fulton Street
  • Furman Street, between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Old Fulton Street, between Prospect and Furman Streets
  • Columbia Heights, between Montague and Old Fulton Streets

    Brooklyn Queens Expressway: Remains open to traffic

    Williamsburg & Manhattan Bridges: Remains open to traffic


    Old Slip and Water Street; Pearl and Frankfort Streets; Houston Street; 6th and 10th Streets including overpasses to East River Park; 14th Street; 20th Street; 23rd Street; 25th Street; 34th Street; 38th Street; 41st Street; 42nd Street; 48th Street; 49th Street; 53rd Street.