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Where to See July 4th Fireworks in the Northeast

Don't settle for watching the fireworks on TV for the Fourth of July this year. Here are some events in the Northeast that include July 4th fireworks, concerts, games, rides and more!

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Get ready to sport your red, white and blue as America booms from coast to coast with July 4th fireworks this week.

All around the Northeast, mesmerizing displays of bursting sound and color will rocket off into the night.

These are some of our favorites. Stake out a spot and watch the evening sky light up!

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New York

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks start time: 9:25 p.m. July 4

Price: Free

This year, join countless New York City dwellers for the nation’s largest July 4th fireworks display: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks! Returning to the East River for its 42nd anniversary, the show promises to be just as spectacular as ever. Folks on the shorelines of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens can expect dazzling lights, fantastic colors and – of course – very big bangs. But to get the full experience, spectators should listen to 1010 WINS-AM and watch as the brilliant fireworks keep perfect time to to the musical score. Official viewing locations will be posted on Macy’s website, but generally, elevated portions along FDR Drive have some of the best, uninterrupted views.

Sterling National Bank July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach

Fireworks start time: 9:30 p.m. July 4

Price: $10 parking fee

If you’re looking to escape the busy Big Apple streets, Long Island has plenty of July 4th spirit! The Sterling National Bank July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach State Park is bound to excite. Long Islanders and other tri-state visitors can expect a dazzling 30-minute display. Nestle your toes in the sand and watch the night sky transform into an array of colors. As the fireworks burst and explode above the shore, patriotic music will help set the mood and celebrate the holiday. Get there early to avoid traffic and find a prime viewing location on the Field 4 beachfront (although any spot will likely have a great view)

Coney Island

Fireworks start time: 9:30 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 3

Price: Free (Coney Island parking, game and ticket prices vary; visit website)

July 4th is a big day at Coney Island, when crowds gather to take in the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Avoid the crowds and keep the celebration going for a few more weeks: You can see fireworks off the beach every Friday during the summer. Grab a spot anywhere on the boardwalk and you’re sure to be wowed. Bring the family and make a night of out it. Ride the rides, eat some hot dogs and take in the people-watching.

New Jersey

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Seaside Heights

Fireworks start time: 9:30 p.m. July 4

Price: Free (Seaside Heights parking, game and ticket prices vary; visit website)

If you’re looking for a fun-filled 4th of July in the Jersey area, then take a trip to Seaside Heights. After a day spent relaxing at the shore, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will dazzle over the oceanfront. Great views can be found anywhere on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk. Just remember, while the fireworks show is free, snacks, beach badges and other sunny-day activities will cost you. Plan accordingly.

Livingston 4th of July Celebration

Fireworks start time: 9:15 p.m. July 4

Price: Free entry

Kick off your 4th of July with a little old-school flair. In Livingston, the holiday fun starts at 9 a.m. with a classic car show and Kiwanis Swim Karnival. Car show participants can enter at $15 per vehicle, while onlookers can enjoy the stylish look of motorcycles and antique cars. There will be food and live music in the Beer & Wine Cafe. But that’s not all Livingston’s annual 4th of July Celebration has to offer. Kids can enjoy unlimited rides, games, pony rides, mini-golf and more.

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Massachusetts

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Fireworks start time: Concert starts at 8 p.m.; fireworks at 10:30 p.m. July 4

Price: Free

Visit Boston for a 4th of July experience that really pops! You can spend all day exploring the city and then head over to the Hatch Shell for a free concert at 8 p.m. But if you’re looking for great views of the action, exploring the town might have to wait. The “Oval” (a grassy area in front of the Hatch Shell) has the best seats in the house. And on July 4th, dedicated fans start lining up to claim spots as early as 6 a.m.! From the opening notes of the National Anthem to the great music and dramatic cannon finale, Boston celebrates the holiday in style. But the real bang comes at 10:30 p.m., when the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular begins. A dazzling display of over 10,000 fireworks will shoot into the night sky over the Charles River. And there are plenty of great sites for viewing like the BU Bridge, Boston’s Esplanade, Castle Island, and Bunker Hill in Charlestown. You can even rent a canoe or take a July 4th fireworks cruise.

Marblehead Fireworks and Harbor Illumination

Fireworks start time: Illumination at 9 p.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m. July 4

Price: Free

The quaint town of Marblehead lights a fuse for its spectacular fireworks show around 9 p.m. All day long the town will be packed with food vendors, art, music and family activities. So get there early to enjoy the fun. You can park it on one of the benches around town or grab a blanket and head over to the Marblehead Lighthouse in Chandler Hovey Park. Fort Sewall and Crocker Park are great viewing spots as well. Either way, you’ll want to find a place to sit ahead of time. Winding down early will give you a chance to appreciate the beautiful coastal views and sunset before fireworks storm the sky! Those headed over to see the Marblehead fireworks by boat should be aware of the safety zone.

Falmouth Fireworks

Fireworks start time: 9 p.m. July 4

Price: Free

More coastal 4th of July fun can be found in Cape Cod for the Falmouth Fireworks. Singer Ayla Brown will perform at 6:45 p.m., before colorful bursts of light whiz into the night sky over the Falmouth Heights Beach shoreline. Festive, patriotic and bursting with high spirits, this classic Cape Cod event was named one of the top 10 4th of July fireworks display by Travel and Leisure. It’s definitely a sight to see.

Rhode Island

The City of Providence’s Independence Day Celebration at India Point Park

Fireworks start time: Dusk July 4

Price: Free

This 4th of July celebration kicks off with a performance by the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast at 7 p.m. The night continues with a variety of food vendors and an unforgettable fireworks display.

Bristol’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration 

Fireworks start time: Dusk July 4

Price: Free

Head to Rhode Island for the self-proclaimed oldest 4th of July celebration in America! First held in 1785, the well-loved Bristol tradition is still going strong! With events starting in late May, the Independence Day fun kicks off early in Bristol. But many of the holiday’s highlights happen on July 3 and 4, including the Drum and Bugle Corps Competition (July 3 at 7:30 p.m.) and fireworks. On July 4, the annual parade steals the show beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Chestnut and Hope streets.

Connecticut

New Britain’s Great American Boom

Fireworks start time: 9:15 p.m. July 4

Price: Free

If you’re looking for July 4th fireworks – and lots of them – in Connecticut, then stop by Stanley Quarter Park for New Britain’s Great American Boom. There will be live music, carnival games, rides, magicians, face painting and more before the city lights up with a festive and colorful fireworks display. Great views can be found all around the park.

New Hampshire

Gorham’s 4th of July Spectacular

Fireworks start time: 10 p.m. July 4

Price: Free fireworks (Carnival game and ride prices vary; visit website)

If you’re looking for one of the biggest celebrations in the New Hampshire, Gorham’s 4th of July Spectacular takes the cake. Starting in the morning, the day is filled with exciting events and festivities, live music, carnival rides and games. After dark, fireworks will light up the sky for the perfect backdrop of bursting colors. Visitors hoping for a little more New Hampshire fun can stick around to experience July 4th events in the following days, including a the annual classic car parade on July 7.

Merrimack 4th of July

Fireworks start time: 9 p.m. July 4

Price: Free fireworks (other events prices may vary, visit website)

July 4th is an all-day affair in Merrimack. Early birds can start celebrating the holiday at 8 a.m. and participate in the Sparkler 5K Road Race. If you’re not one for sports, make your way over to James Mastricola Upper Elementary School for a pancake breakfast. After a nice morning meal (or run), you can enjoy an afternoon of family fun and games. But be sure to take a break from the festivities at 1 p.m. for the July 4th parade. Bands, military units, clowns, businesses and locals will all gather (rain or shine) to celebrate the holiday. Then, at 9 p.m., get ready for the main event when the Merrimack High School field will light up with a first-class fireworks display. Get there early and snag a spot on the lawn for the best views.

No matter what state you’re in or where you’re headed, be sure to have a safe and happy holiday weekend. 

Where are some of your favorite spots to view July 4th fireworks? Tell us in the comments! 

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