There are many reasons to visit Coney Island year round. It has an iconic boardwalk where you can get the famous Nathan's Hot Dogs. There is the amusement park with some of the most thrilling rides on the East Coast. And don't forget about the Atlantic Ocean with its breezes?
But one of the best reasons to visit Coney Island during the summer is its fireworks. The neighborhood hosts spectacular displays all summer long. On some evenings the fireworks are provided by the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league baseball league. On Friday nights they are sponsored by the Alliance for Coney Island and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Regardless, the fireworks are free and there for everyone to enjoy. Here is your guide to seeing the Coney Island fireworks.
Where can you see the fireworks?
You can see free fireworks on the Coney Island boardwalk every Friday in the summer starting in late June. The show lasts from 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm and takes place between West 10th Street and West 15th Street (in Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk.)
The fireworks are also set up for special events including Independence Day and the first home game played by the Brooklyn Cyclones, Coney Island's baseball team. For the most up to date schedule check the New York City Parks website.
The Brooklyn Cyclones also sponsors fireworks after many baseball games. For the full schedule check out the Brooklyn Cyclones website.
Where to Get the Best View
You can see the fireworks on the beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street. Here you can bring a blanket to the beach and sit wherever there is room (arrive early! It can get crowded.)
After or before you've seen the show, enjoy a drink at the iconic Ruby's bar, where you can actually drink underneath the boardwalk. A portion of Ruby's ceiling was created from the original 1920's boardwalk.
One of the best views of the fireworks is MCU Park, a seaside minor league baseball stadium, but you need a baseball ticket to enter.
Fourth of July Fireworks
One day where everyone expects to see a fireworks display is the Fourth of July. This is also one of the most popular days in Coney Island. Start your day watching the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition and then head to Luna Park to enjoy the amusement park. After the sun goes in take in the beachside firework display.
This will be a day to remember, and the best part? The day is one of the most economical. From free entertainment at the Nathan's Hot Dog contest to a free fireworks display and free access to the beach, you will have one of the most budget-friendly holidays.
Other Things to Do on Coney Island
If fireworks aren't your thing, there are still a plethora of other reasons to visit Coney Island. Travel to the New York Aquarium, which is located in the heart of Coney Island, where you explore the shark tank, evening crawling beneath the creatures. Or if you just want to score some of the best pizza in Brooklyn, head to the historic Totonno's.