Your Things to Do for the Fourth of July
By Julianna Flamio, Halstead’s Social Team
July 4th is all about family time, BBQ and a whole lot of red, white and blue. From the iconic Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks on the East River to a kid-friendly picnic celebrating Fairfield, CT, we asked some of our local agent experts what they will be doing around their neighborhoods this holiday weekend.
NEW YORK CITY
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
The East River and Brooklyn Bridge will be the backdrop for this famous fireworks show—now in its 38th year. Go to event’s website for information on where to view the show from the FDR Drive in Manhattan and locations along Brooklyn’s waterfront. The show is slated to start at 8pm.
Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest
Nathan’s Famous annual hot dog eating contest on Coney Island takes the cake (or bun) as Independence Day’s beloved sporting event. The women’s contest starts at 11:30am followed by the male competitors at 12:40pm. Check out the event page for more details.
Annual Revolutionary War New York Nighttime Walking Tour
This annual after hours tour starts at Fraunces Tavern Museum, which is where George Washington bid farewell to Continental Army officers and ends at Trinity Church, according to Time Out New York. The journey through New York’s ties to the American Revolution runs from 3am-7am. Find out more at http://frauncestavernmuseum.org/events/. Plus, the museum will be offering $1 admission from July 4-6.
Pier Party at South Street Seaport
South Street Seaport will host a free Independence Day bash from July 3-5. Entertainment includes live Americana music, a screening of “The Avengers” and other family-friendly activities, says amNew York. Plus, the pier is a perfect location to view the fireworks on the 4th. Go to http://www.seechangeny.com/events/ for more information.
Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival
Starting at noon on the 4th, Jersey City locals can enjoy carnival rides, nosh on bites from food trucks and check out the Budweiser Beer Garden Experience or Clydesdale show at Liberty State Park. The festival will culminate with a fireworks show in the evening. Go to nj.com for more details.
Stratford Fireworks 2014
Stratford kickoffs its Independence Day celebration at Short Beack Park on July 3rd at 7pm with live music. The fireworks show will start at 9:30pm. For more information go to http://www.visitnewengland.com/events/july-4-events.html.
Independence Day Celebration at Greenwich Town Hall
Greenwich residents could view the raising of the first American flag along with a parade of flags that represent the 13 colonies. The patriotic ceremony will also honor Greenwich citizens whose roots go back to the founding families and recognize the 100th anniversary of World War I. The event begins at 9am on July 4th. For more information go to the town’s website.
Fairfield Family Fun Fest
To celebrate 375 years of Fairfield, a “patriotic picnic” will take place at the Town Hall Green and Fairfield Museum grounds on Saturday, July 5th from 10am-4pm. Expect food from local restaurants, a beer garden, a PopShop market (CT-based “pop up market”) and children’s activities. Learn more about the event on the Fairfield Museum website.
Amagansett Fine Arts Festival
From July 4-6th independent artists will be celebrated at the American Legion in Amagansett. The free festival will include paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts and more fine arts, according to Hamptons.com. Check out festival hours at http://www.amagansettfinearts.com/.
Southampton Village Independence Day Parade
This annual community parade will commence at 10am on Elm Street and end at Railroad Plaza, says Hamptons.com. A family friendly “post-parade” celebration will take place at 2pm at the Southampton Arts Center. For details on the after-party go to the Center’s website.