There’s SO much to see and do in the NYC suburbs this holiday week and weekend—how’s a family to choose? Good news: we’ve done the legwork for you and collected some awesome events that span the entire week. Enjoy!
Here’s a roundup of great activities happening in some popular NYC suburbs. Looking for what’s happening in other towns? Get in touch and we’ll help you strategize a weekend in the suburbs.
HEADING TO WESTCHESTER?
Cross the bridge to Nyack on Friday for a fun-filled fireworks extravaganza over the Hudson River at 9pm.
Settle down a picnic dinner and free concert during the Kenisco Dam Music Fest and Fireworks on July 3. Pre-concert entertainment starts at 6pm, followed by fireworks at 9:15pm.
The 4th of July is the perfect time to check out Rye’s beloved Rye Playland. Admission is $30, and includes access to two beaches, 8,000 acres of shoreline, restaurants, picnic areas and a stunning fireworks show at 9:30pm on Thursday and Friday.
Revel in Rye Brook’s small-town atmosphere Sunday during the Earth Rye Farmers Market on Theodore Fremd Avenue. Find your favorite local produce, fresh flowers and pastries from 8:30am-2pm.
Several miles north of Armonk, visitors will find a spectacular block party and fireworks display in Somers that’s open to the public. The festivities kick off at 2pm and include live music, raffles, food trucks, face painting, a clown and, last but not least, fireworks! Entrance fee is $30 per vehicle.
The Bedford Post Inn is hosting a foraging tour on Saturday from 11:30am-2:30pm. Children 12+ are welcome, and should bring a bag for collecting mushrooms, herbs, berries, veggies, onions and more.
Celebrate America’s independence to the tunes of the Westchester Symphonic Winds—and be sure to stay for the whole thing to catch an amazing fireworks display during Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Tickets are required for the show.
Relax after your fun-filled 4th of July festivities with a trip to the Larchmont Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:30am-1pm on the Metro-North parking deck.
Nothing says summer like carnival rides, games and food, and the Mamaroneck Fire Department’s annual carnival is the BEST place to get all that and more. The carnival runs through Saturday, with the doors opening at 4pm on the 4th.
The Scarsdale Pool’s 4th of July carnival is Thursday from 12pm-5pm. Spend the day having fun in the sun, including pool games, picnicking, music and carnival games.
Dobbs Ferry’s fireworks are at 9pm on Thursday. Permits are required to park in Waterfront Lot, but families are welcome to park nearby and walk over. Come early for a picnic beginning at 3pm.
Many Briarcliff Manor locals are heading next door to Ossining for a fun-filled evening on Wednesday, July 3. The festivities include a free concert with the Jay Prince Band, food trucks and fireworks!
HEADING TO LONG ISLAND?
Oyster Bay’s Dancing in the Streets weekly event begins Friday. Come out from 7pm-9pm for live music, demonstrations and DJs.
Explore North Hempstead and one of its best attractions, Beach Park, Saturday. Spend the day lounging in the sun, playing in the sea and watching a free concert from the Nitework Band at 1pm.
The Morgan Park Summer Music Festival is Thursday at 7:30pm. This free event includes family-friendly concert at Morgan Memorial Park.
HEADING TO NEW JERSEY?
Celebrate Independence Day small town-style with a parade and fireworks on Thursday. The festivities take place all day, with the parade kicking off at 10:30am at Hillside Avenue and Main Street.
Head to Millburn on Thursday for spectacular 4th of July party and fireworks at Taylor Park. The festivities begin at 9am with a flag raising and continues from 3pm-9:30pm with live music, food trucks, rides and fireworks. Tickets are $10. A free concert will also be available Sunday at 7pm at Taylor Park.
Westfield is hosting free concerts all summer long! Relax with the family and dance to the tune of the Westfield Community Band Concert on Thursday from 7:30pm-9pm. Don’t forget your blanket or lawn chair!
Have little ones that love to dance? Grab dinner in charming Montclair on Friday and head to Brookdale Park for a free concert at 7:30 pm.
Union’s annual 4th of July festival and concert takes place at Biertuempfel Park beginning at 10am and finishing with fireworks at 9pm. Union is several miles south of Glen Ridge, making their festivities a perfect fit for families that want to explore the area.
Englewood around the corner from Demarest hosts a charming farmers market Fridays 11am-6pm. Find it at Depot Square Park.
Independence Day is a BIG deal in Maplewood! See for yourself by joining in the town’s 4th of July party beginning at 7am. Here you’ll find live music throughout the. Day, games, carnival rides, a food court, bingo and fantastic fireworks.
There’s LOTS of fun in Summit this week. Come out for the annual 4th of July festival kicking off with a food truck fair on Thursday at 9:30am, or come Sunday for the farmers market and special Art Center from 8am-1pm.
HEADING TO CONNECTICUT?
Head downtown to The Corbin District on Friday for a free concert with Kind Bud from 6pm-8:30pm. The next day, meet the locals in partake in one of Darien’s favorite local traditions: Fourth of July Fireworks at Darien High School at 6pm.
Celebrate the nation’s birthday at Greenwich Point Park. The festivities take place a day early, on Wednesday, at 9pm.
The 4th of July is a BIG deal in New Canaan! Explore the town on Thursday and enjoy a family picnic, live music, games for kids, eight food truck vendors and, of course, an amazing fireworks display at Waveny Park.
Is there anything better than watching fireworks over the Long Island Sound with the family? Visit Cummings Park Saturday at 6 to see what you think! The fireworks begin at 9pm.
Kick off 4th of July weekend with Rowayton’s spectacular fireworks Thursday at 9pm—and don’t go too far because Norwalk’s NICE Festival arrives at Oyster Shell Park Saturday from 11am-10pm. The kids will love this free event featuring cultural dances, ethnic food, crafts and lots of family fun.
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