Fourth of July - Celebrating Independence Day in Queens

View from Queens of the 4th of July fireworks over the Empire State Building, NY
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  • IMPORTANT - The big Macy's fireworks in NYC are back over the East River, but from the Brooklyn Bridge. There will be a view from the Queens waterfront, but not as good as Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Rats!

Here's a guide to 4th of July fireworks and all Independence Day celebrations in Queens, New York.

Macy's Fireworks Over the East Rive - July 4, 2014

They're back! After a few years over the distant Hudson River, the Mac's July 4 Fireworks show is over the East River this year.

They will be visible from the western Queens, but not so perfect. The show will be centered around the Brooklyn Bridge. How much will you see from the Long Island City waterfront? You won't be thrilled, but sometimes it's better to get out there and see something in person, rather than watch it on a screen.   

Fireworks in Astoria Park - June 30, 2014:

Get an early start to July 4th weekend with live music and fireworks in Astoria Park on Monday, June 30. The Central Astoria Development Corporation sponsors this very early Independence Day celebration. There will be live music from the Queens Symphony Orchestra. After the music is a spectacular Grucci fireworks show.

  • When: Monday, June 30, 2014, music starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Astoria Park, on the lawn, Shore Blvd. between Hell Gate Bridge and pool, in Astoria.

Afterwards, stop by the Bohemian Beer Garden or go out for a late dinner in Astoria.


Fireworks at Citi Field:

The Mets host the Rangers on Friday, July 4, and treat the fans to a big fireworks show after the game. No tickets? The parking lot at the nearby Home Depot (north of Northern) is a fine place to see the fireworks.


Independence Day Festival in Queens Village:

On TBD you can join the neighborhood in eastern Queens for the annual July 4 celebration.

It's along Sanford Avenue Between Main Street and Union Street. Event is TBD starting at 10 a.m.

Independence Sunday on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills - June 29, 2008:


  • Pre-Independence Day Jewish Music Concert at Freedom Square, TBD
  • Children's magic show at TBD
  • At Freedom Square, 76th Ave and Main St, Kew Gardens Hills

For more information, call Jeff Gottlieb, Queens Jewish Historical Society, 917-376-4496.


Independence Sunday in Forest Hills:

  • Independence Weekend Jewish Music Concert , TBD
  • Children's magic show at TBD
  • At MacDonald Park, 70th Rd and Queens Blvd, Forest Hills.

For more information, call Jeff Gottlieb, Queens Jewish Historical Society, 917-376-4496..


More Fourth of July Events in Queens:

  • Forest Park Foraging - Gather your own food with "Wildman" Steve Brill to celebrate Independence Day in Forest Park.