Celebrating Independence Day in Queens, New York


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New York City is the place to be for Independence Day. All over the city there are festivals, parties, events, and of course, fireworks.

While the Macy's Firework Show, the biggest in the city, takes place in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, there is a lot of taking taking place in the northeastern borough of Queens. Community parks hold festivals with live music, food, light displays, and more. You can also see a baseball game over the Fourth of July weekend. Here is your guide to where to celebrate the holiday in Queens.

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Astoria Park

Triborough RFK Bridge. long exposure car traffic trails. Astoria Park NY.
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One of the earliest celebrations of the holiday will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Astoria Park Great Lawn. The park is located on the water, and you'll get spectacular views as you bring in the holiday early. Featuring live music by the Queens Symphony Orchestra, the event will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with the Grucci firework show starting around 9:40 p.m. The event is in its 35th year, and it is hosted by the ​Central Astoria Development Coalition.

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Fort Totten Park

Looking southeast at Fort Totten Officers Club on a mostly cloudy afternoon. NYCLPC designation 1974.
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Located in northeastern Queens Fort Totten is one of the borough's largest parks. This year the park will host its 5th annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. There will be food vendors on site selling everything from fish & chips to corn dogs. There will also be live music by a variety of performers. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to view the fireworks more comfortably from the Parade Grounds. Note: this is an alcohol-free event. The event will start at 5:00 pm, and fireworks will be shot off at approximately 9:15 pm.

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Corona Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, USA
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Also located in northeastern Queens, Corona Park in Flushing Meadows hosts an annual event each Independence Day called Omar's Fourth of July Block Party. Hosted by magician Omar Olusion and featuring live DJ music, dance contests, games, magic shows, local food and beverages, and plenty of amusement for guests of all ages, Omar's Block Party will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. near Fantasy Forest Amusement Park. Admission is free but enjoying the attractions at the amusement park will cost a small fee per ride.

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Citi Field

A Major League Baseball game between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field, June 2, 2012.
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 Citi Field is located in northern Queens a few miles west of LaGuardia Airport and is home to the New York Mets. When the Mets have home games over the holiday—which happens every other year—they typically celebrate Independence Day. Check the Mets schedule to get tickets to the event. This year there are home games on July 3 and July 5th.  

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