On Independence Day, our nation gathers together to celebrate our freedom and this country that we call home. Get decked out in red, white and blue, grab the biggest American flag you can find, and check out these Fourth of July events on Long Island!
This Year’s Fourth of July Events
Fabulous 4th of July Race in Memory of Sean Ryan
What better way to celebrate such an occasion than to give back. Hosted by the Long Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, this race will commemorate and uphold the memory of a beloved police officer and member of the Long Beach community, Sean Ryan. Right after the children’s fun run at 8 AM, the 4K sprint will take place on Laurelton Boulevard and on the boardwalk. Runners will be awarded from male, female, resident, wheelchair, age, and police divisions. In addition to the prizes given to the winners, each participant will receive a special t-shirt to mark the occasion. You can register online here.
Singles Fireworks Cruise
If you prefer to spend your holidays looking for love or just enjoying the company of some friends, the Singles Fireworks Cruise at Captree State Park in Babylon is the place for you. Board Captain Tim’s Northstar II and sail the Great South Bay taking in an expectedly beautiful sunset and accompanying fireworks to cap off the night’s festivities. Bring your friends and enjoy a full-scale buffet of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, desserts and plenty of beverages. If you plan on enjoying some libations, make sure to bring your own because this event is BYOB. Tickets can be bought here.
1861 Independence Day Celebration
Head out to Old Bethpage Village Restoration this Fourth and celebrate the day in a different century. This one-of-a-kind experience will feature era-specific attire, ceremonial speeches, historically-accurate trade demos, and Civil War soldiers. Kids under 4 and active military receive free admission, but everyone else can get in for just ten dollars. Get out your finest straw hat and come enjoy the Fourth of July just like it was 155 years ago.
2016 Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Jones Beach
Jones Beach will play site this year to Long Island’s premier Fourth of July celebrations. Starting around 6 PM, you can be dazzled and awed with this incredible firework display presented by Astoria Bank. Just make sure to leave early, there is usually heavy congestion getting into the event. If you can’t make it out, tune in to WALK 97.5 or K-98.3 FM radio stations to hear the simulcast.
Wherever you decide to go among all of these Fourth of July events, make sure you exercise safe and careful practices. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety lists Fourth of July as the most dangerous day on the road for fatal car accidents. In fact, from 2007-2011, 40 percent of all car-related deaths happened over Fourth of July Weekend, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Never, under any circumstances, drink and drive. We’ll give you a ride!