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Where to See July 4th Fireworks in the Northeast

Don't settle for watching fireworks on TV this year. These fireworks shows include music, games, rides and more.

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Get ready to sport your red, white and blue garb 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!

Note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please see official websites before visiting to check for restrictions or closures.

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New York

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks start time: 8 p.m., July 4

Price: Free

Returning to the East River for its 45th anniversary, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show promises to be just as spectacular as ever. This year, watch from home on NBC or live, in-person in NYC. Folks on the shorelines of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens can expect dazzling lights, fantastic colors and – of course – very big bangs. The show will honor America’s everyday heroes and feature music from vocalists, a military band and an orchestra. Official viewing locations will be posted on Macy’s website, but generally, elevated portions along FDR Drive have some of the best uninterrupted views.

July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach

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

Price: $10

If you’re looking to escape the busy Big Apple streets, Long Island has plenty of July 4th spirit! The July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach State Park is bound to excite. Long Islanders 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

Fireworks start time: Around 9:30 p.m., starting July 4th and every Friday through Labor Day.

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

July 4th is a big day at Coney Island, when crowds gather to take in the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. To avoid the crowds and keep the celebration going all summer, you can catch the fireworks on Friday nights. Grab a spot anywhere on the boardwalk to watch the show. To make a day of it, catch a Brooklyn Cyclones game, 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 for more info)

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.

Jersey City’s 4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks start time: Just after sunset, July 4

Price: Free entry

Get ready to see fireworks over the Hudson River at Jersey City’s 4th of July celebration. Fireworks by Grucci will launch the displays from two barges on the water, filling the sky with dazzling bursts of color with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. This year’s event won’t include a festival or concerts due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Fireworks will be viewable from New Jersey and New York waterfronts.

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Massachusetts

Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular

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

Price: Free

The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular takes place this year at Tanglewood (in Lenox), with fireworks exploding over the night sky in Boston. Led by Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops will play in Tanglewood starting at 8 p.m., with the performance livestreamed (and televised live) for viewers in Boston Common. But the real bang comes at 10:30 p.m., when a dazzling display of over 10,000 fireworks will shoot into the night sky over Boston Common.

Town of Webster Fireworks 

Fireworks start time: 9 p.m., July 10

Price: $10 per car; $2 for walk-ins

Head to Memorial Beach to see a townwide fireworks show courtesy of the Webster Lake Conservation Association. These fireworks are funded exclusively by donations to the WLCA Fireworks Fund from businesses and residents of the Webster Lake and North Webster area.

Gloucester Harbor Fireworks Display

Fireworks start time: 9:30 p.m., July 5

Price: Free

Get ready to see a flurry of fireworks go off above Gloucester Harbor. Visitor are welcome to set up chairs and blankets along the water and enjoy the show. Additional activities include a concert at the bridge that begins at 6 p.m. There will be no Horribles Parade this year. For more information and updates, see here.

Rhode Island

City of East Providence’s Independence Day Celebration

Fireworks start time: Dusk, July 3

Price: Free

This 4th of July celebration kicks off at Pierce Memorial Field on Saturday, July 3. More details to come. Rain date is July 5.

Bristol’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration 

Fireworks start time: 9:30 p.m., 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 (July 4 at 9:30 p.m.). On July 5, 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: 9:15-9:30 p.m., July 4

Price: $10 per car parking placard

If you’re looking for July 4th fireworks and lots of them in Connecticut, then stop by Willow Brook Park for New Britain’s Great American Boom. Pre-registration is required for this year’s “drive-in style” show. The parking lot opens at 7:30 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. Rain date is July 5.

Fairfield Independence Day Firework Show

Fireworks start time: Around 9:15 p.m., July 3

Price: Season Beach Sticker or daily pass ($50 per vehicle – credit card only)

Watch an exciting Grucci firework display from Penfield and Jennings beaches in Fairfield, Conn. The fireworks will start just after dark from a barge on the Long Island Sound. There will also be entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m. Rain date is July 5.

New Hampshire

Gorham’s Independence Day Celebration

Fireworks start time: 10 p.m., July 3

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

If you’re looking for one of the biggest celebrations in the New Hampshire, Gorham’s three-day Fourth of July event 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 from July 1st to experience July 4th events over several days.

Merrimack 4th of July Celebration

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

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

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,  you can enjoy the July 4th parade at 1 p.m. 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.

Bristol July 4th Celebration

Fireworks start time: Dusk, July 3

Price: Free

Bristol’s Independence Day celebration starts with a boat parade on Newfound Lake on July 3. At dusk, head to the foot of the lake for great viewing opportunities. Fireworks will be set off from a barge on the lake near Town Beach. More celebratory events, including a Firecracker 5K Road Race and another parade, will take place July 4. Rain date for boat parade and fireworks is July 4.

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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