Celebrating Independence Day in Queens, New York

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Across New York City's five boroughs, there are tons Fourth of July parties and events in the week leading up to Independence Day to keep up with. While the Macy's Firework Show, the biggest in the city, takes place in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, brings out the crowds, you might be able to find a more mellow celebration in the northeastern borough of Queens. In late June and early July, community parks hold festivals with live music, food, light displays, and more.

All of these events have been canceled in 2020. Check the websites of the organizers for more information.

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Astoria Park

Triborough RFK Bridge. long exposure car traffic trails. Astoria Park NY.
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This event has been canceled for 2020.

At Astoria Park Great Lawn, you can usually find the earliest Independence Day celebrations with a party that typically occurs around June 27. The park is located on the water, and you'll get spectacular views as you bring in the holiday early. Featuring live music the event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with the firework show starting around 9:40 p.m. The event 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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This event has been canceled for 2020.

Located in the northeastern Queens, Fort Totten is one of the borough's largest parks and hosts an annual Independence Day Celebration at this historic fort. There is typically live music and food vendors on site selling everything from fish and chips to corn dogs. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to view the fireworks more comfortably from the Parade Grounds. Note that this is an alcohol-free event. The event will start at 5:00 p.m. and fireworks will be shot off at approximately 9:15 p.m.

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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This event has been canceled for 2020.

Not far from the Queens Zoo, 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, and local food vendors, the block party typically takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. near Fantasy Forest Amusement Park. Admission is free you will have to pay for the rides.

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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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 Major League Baseball (MLB) has suspended all games for the 2020 season.

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 with a post-game fireworks display.

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