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Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July in NYC, NJ, Florida, Connecticut, and the Hamptons

New York City fireworks - independence day July 4th

With much of the country loosening social-distancing guidelines, many are looking at July 4th as not only a commemoration of our country’s independence, but also a celebration of a return to normal. Fireworks, parades, and festivals are returning across the country, making for what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend.

From the Hudson Valley to South Florida, here is a roundup of some great ways to celebrate Independence Day with your loved ones.

New York City

Barbecuing in Central Park is generally off limits, but not on the Fourth of July! It’s one of three holidays when the park allows grilling, providing a scenic setting for outdoor festivities.

After grilling, be sure to pick the perfect rooftop to enjoy the Macy’s Fireworks Show. One of the city’s most beloved Independence Day traditions, the fireworks will be launched from barges along the East River. For an up-close view, the city will also have elevated viewing areas along FDR Drive.


While many areas of the Hamptons are avoiding events out of an abundance of caution due to the pandemic, there are still options for seeing some amazing fireworks. The 32nd Annual fireworks show by Grucci is easily the most popular. The can’t-miss show has delighted residents for decades and returns to illuminate Southampton tonight at 9:15pm.

Also returning this year is the Southampton Village Independence Day Parade. It will take place Monday, July 5 at 10:00am and is the perfect way to close out the weekend.

Hamptons - July 4th celebration

Hudson Valley

Returning after being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the Hyde Park Independence Day Parade will run through the center of the picturesque and historic town, beginning at Roosevelt Cinemas and ending at the Town Hall.

Additionally, the Fireworks Extravaganza at the Town of Wallkill returns this year to the delight of residents. Along with fireworks, the event will feature grandstand seating, live music, and on-site concessions.


The Town of Greenwich’s annual fireworks display will return this year with two dates, July 3 and July 5, with both displays beginning at dusk at Greenwich Point Park.

The town of Darien will not hold fireworks this year, but will instead replace the event with a creative series of Festive Nights on Weed Beach. Each night will have its own theme and include dinner and live music on the beach, with a special Fourth of July-themed celebration on July 2.

New Jersey

Returning to illuminate the Hudson River for its 50th year, Jersey City’s 50 Star Fireworks Show and Festival is sure to be a treat.

The vibrant festival will include an array of food options via the Jersey City Night Market, an open-air event where attendees can explore artisanal cuisine from the area’s most popular restaurants.

New Jersey - independence day fireworks

Palm Beach

While hot dogs and burgers may be traditional Fourth fare, Floridians in search of exotic flavors should explore the Florida Jerk Festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds. With mouthwatering dishes and live music from Grammy-winning artists, the festival is a must-visit for the whole family.

After the festival, head up the road to West Palm Beach for a waterfront fireworks show like no other. The 4th on Flagler Fireworks Show takes place July 4 and will run from 7:00-10:00pm.


While South Beach and Brickell tend to draw the biggest crowds, ask any Miami native and they will tell you that the best way to celebrate the Fourth like a true local is the Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival.

Located in the charming neighborhood of North Beach at its beloved Bandshell, the festival has all the essentials for a fun, family-friendly Independence Day. Enjoy live music, some of Miami’s best street food, and jaw-dropping fireworks launched from the beach.

We at Brown Harris Stevens wish you and your loved ones a happy, safe, and colorful Fourth of July!


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