Fourth of July, 2021 Fireworks and Festivities for Westchester County NY
Here are the best places to view the 4th of July fireworks in Westchester County, NY. Compared to most years, the choices for fireworks and festivities are limited, but compared to last year, they are abundant. And, it sounds like the weather will be perfect this year – not too hot, not too humid.
Please also note that many fireworks have been cancelled this year as fireworks are in short supply (as well st the risk for fires). In addition, these events require a lot of planning and most decisions were made in January/February before most towns could predict safety measures, so many took the more conservative route.
I’m glad that New York is opening up, and it’s a great time to rest, relax and celebrate outdoors with friends and family. If you choose to have a small and relaxed BBQ and gathering, that’s awesome. There are so many fireworks that there’s a good chance that you can see them from the comfort of your backyard or balcony. Or, you can venture out to see the official fireworks.
Below are the Independence Day/Fourth of July fireworks for Westchester, NY. Please note that there are fireworks and festivities planned for many days, and I’ve ordered these in chronological order to make you planning easier. There are a few events that are offered more than once, so I repeated those to make your calendar planning easier.
2021 Fireworks and Festivities in Westchester County
Please note that several annual firewoks have been canceled this year (see below) and I am in the process of updating and confirming.
July 4th day time (Sunday)
Larchmont Picnic – Constitution Park, Larchmont, NY 10538
Come celebrate July 4th with the Village of Larchmont in Constitution Park from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hotdogs, DJ and More.
Mt Vernon – July 4th (Sunday) – Declaration of Independence and bell ringing
10:30 AM at St. Paul’s Church, they will have a traditional Independence Day celebration, highlighted by the reading of the Declaration of Independence and the ringing of the bells. They will chime the historic church bell 13 times in honor of the 13 original colonies.
July 4th Fireworks (Sunday)
Harbor Island Fireworks – Mamaroneck, NY 10543 – July 4th, 2021 (Sunday)
Fireworks are planned for dark at around 9:15. Rain date is July 5. There is also a carnival starting at 4pm (and carnivals and many other days with various starting times – you can find the full info here. Harbor Island Park, (Boston Post Rd and Mamaroneck Ave) Mamaroneck, NY 10543.
Note: This Carnival is sponsored by the Mamaroneck Fire Department and they will also have a Carnival every day between Friday 6/25 and Tuesday 7/5 from 6:45-11pm. They will be following Covid 19 guidelines.
Sleepy Hollow Fireworks – Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 – July 4th, 2021 (Sunday)
8:30- 9:15pm with Fireworks scheduled for dusk..Fireworks can be seen from Beekman Ave, Kingsland Point Park, Horan’s Landing Park, DeVries Park and Barnhart Park.
Tarrytown Fireworks – Tarrytown, NY 10591 – July 4th, 2021 (Sunday)
The Tarrytown Recreation Department will be hosting its annual fireworks display in Pierson Park, preceded by a concert which starts at 7pm. Fireworks at dusk (around 9 or 9:15). This event is free. (I believe these are the same fireworks as Tarrytown, but just different views).
Yonkers, NY – July 4th, 2021 (Sunday)
Yonkers plans a celebration on the Fourth at Yonkers Historic Pier with DJ music starting at 7pm, followed by fireworks over the Hudson.
The following July 4th Fireworks have been CANCELLED or POSTPONED for 2021:
Rye Playland, Rye, NY 10580 – CANCELLED
The Independence Day fireworks have been canceled this year. BUT, beginning on Saturday, July 9th, the fireworks displays will start and will be held every Friday until Setember 3rd.
Kensico Dam Music Fest and Fireworks, Sunday July 3rd 2021. Valhalla, NY 10595 – CANCELLED
On July 3rd, you can enjoy a picnic at the park with Pre-concert entertainment, beginning at 6pm. The band performance will commence at 8pm, followed by fireworks around 9:15pm. Fireworks will be in front of the dam.
Parking and admission are FREE, but carpooling strongly suggested as it does get a bit crowded in the lot. You’ll get the most out of the concert and light show if you bring lawn chairs and blankets (in addition to your favorite food).
The Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Pa
Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers NY 10704 – CANCELLED
Gather your chairs and blanket and head on over to the Green in the center of the mall. Enjoy the music by the FDR Drive Band followed by a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks will be displayed from the north parking lot and can be viewed from all areas of the mall. This event is FREE. (Note: some areas of the parking lot will be closed for safety reasons. 7-10:00 pm.
Ossining Fireworks – Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Ossining, NY 10562 – CANCELLED
The July 4th fireworks have been cancelled this year, but a summer concert series of acoustic music begins July 7 in Market Square.
Spark the Sound – New Rochelle, NY 10801 – POSTPONED
These fireworks have been rescheduled to September 3rd (Labor Day Weekend). Cap off your holiday evening with the grand fireworks display at the New Rochelle waterfront. This is brought to you from the New Rochelle Parks and Recreation. Produced and sponsored by the famous Grucci family, the City of New Rochelle’s annual “Spark the Sound” extravaganza starts at 9:30 pm, rain or shine (let’s hope for the best). The best viewing locations are Hudson Park, Five Islands Park, and waterfront restaurants. This is the 46th annual extravaganza.
Scarsdale NY 10583 – CANCELLED
At the Scarsdale Pool Complex, there’s a band performance starting at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks will start around 9:15 p.m. 311 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale NY 10583. Please note that there will be a $2 fee for all non-members to enter the pool area.
White Plains High School, White Plains NY 10605 – CANCELLED
550 North St, White Plains, NY 10605
Pound Ridge NY 10576 – POSTPONED
Pound Ridge will host fireworks this year at 179 Westchester Avenue have been postponed until August 7th (they were originally planned for July 3rd. Parking is at the Pound Ridge elementary school and is free for town residents ($30 for non-residents). You can pick up your parking slips at town hall. TownofPoundRidge.com. Parking will be limited for non- residents and strictly enforced.
Caramoor, Katonah NY 10536 – CANCELLED
Caramoor has their annual big event has been CANCELLED
Pops, Patriots asband Fireworks. They will feature songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein.. Enjoy songs performed by Caramoor Schwab Vocal Rising Star alums Madison Leonard and Shea Owens, and the Westchester Symphonic Winds. The evening will be topped off with a spectacular fireworks show set to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This will be conducted by Curt Ebersole
Harrison Shopping Center – Harrison, NY 10528 – CANCELLED
Enjoy the concert which starts at 8:00 and the fireworks at 9:15. Enjoy the music from Tracy Delucia Band. This is a FREE event. Corner of Oakland and Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528.
Here’s a video of the fireworks in Harrison, NY taken a couple of years ago.
Peekskill Concert and Fireworks – Peekskill, NY 10566 – July 4th – CANCELLED
The concert starts at 7pm in Riverfront Green Park and features Billy and the Snowmen. It’s R&B Revue that’s sponsored by Walmart. Fireworks over the Hudson start at 9:15. Please note that there is no rain location, so let’s hope for amazing weather.
Please also note that I’m sure there will be many unofficial fireworks this year..as there are every year. I live in White Plains and for the last several nights I’ve seen and heard many practice rounds.
Independence Block Party Somers NY 10589 – CANCELLED
NYC fireworks – Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
This year, you can see the Macy’s Independence Day fireworks in person or on TV.
This year, the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks in New York City will return again. The festivities begin at 8 PM. The fireworks are free and can be viewed in-person from any unobstructed view over the East River in Midtown Manhattan or along the waterfront of Queens or Brooklyn.
The NYPD has set up public viewing spots for vaccinated individuals at FDR Drive. Entry points can be found on East 23rd, East 34th, and East 42nd Streets.
As driving into the City can be a bit of a pain, especially during special events, you’ll be happy to know that you can also view the spectacular display on TV (NBC) from 8-10 PM. There will be accompanying music performances by Coldplay, OneRepublic, Black Pumas, and Reba McEntire.
Rockland County fireworks for the Fourth of July week
Nyack, New York 10960 – Sunday, July 4th
The village of Nyack brings back its annual Firework Show. It’s 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 at Memorial Park. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated and maintain social distancing.
Clarkstown, New York – MOVED to Wednesday, July 7th
The town’s Independence celebration – including fireworks – was moved to July 7 from its original date of July 1) because of the weather forecast. It will start will at 6 PM. (Rain date July 8). It’s at Nanuet High School.
Everything below this line still needs to be updated (the info is from previous years).
Rockland County fireworks
In Rockland County, the New York Boulders will host 2 nights of fireworks. These will be drive in style on July 3rd (Friday) and July 4th (Saturday). These will be at the Palisades Credit Union Park’s parking lot. Cars will be parked one space apart from each other to encourage social distancing. Tickets are limited and are sold per car. For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to eventbrite.com/d/ny–new-city/new-york-boulders. 1 Palisades Credit Union Park Drive, Pomona.
Dutchess County fireworks for 2020
In Dutchess County, the county government has put together 3 free drive-in-style displays to be held throughout the county on the Fourth of July. Fireworks take place at 9:30pm and the gates open at 7:30 PM. There will be limited number of spots allowed and visitor are asked to stay in their cars.
- Dutchess Stadium, 1500 NY-9D, Wappingers Falls
- Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 U.S. 9, Rhinebeck;
- Silo Ridge Field Club Equestrian Center, 4651 NY-22, Amenia.
Movies and Fireworks in Armenia, NY (Dutchess County)
The Four Brothers Drive-in in Amenia is inviting the town and movie-goers to their on-site firework display during the intermission between their showings of “Ghostbusters” and “Jurassic Park”. The fireworks show is set to start at 10:30 PM. and will include a commemoration for the nation’s independence. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to playeatdrink.com.
Location: 4957 NY-22, Amenia.
Yes, in April, the Mayor declared that the Macy’s Day Fireworks would definitely happen – in one way or another. This year,they are a bit unique. This week, they’ve been randomly doing fireworks across the City in 5 minute bursts. Yes, they are surprising people (which is both good and bad), and they are filming them. (apparently, they are not announcing the locations and days/times to prevent crowding).
They will then combine the videos and do a tribute to the frontline workers (and I think this part is great) and you can view them on TV on the Fourth of July. They will be on NBC-TV from 8-10pm and will include a musical score. The performers haven’t been revealed yet. For more info go to macys.com/social/fireworks/.
Fairfield County Fireworks and Festivity Cancellations for 2020
- Bridgeport – cancelled
- Darien – cancelled
- Fairfield – cancelled
- Greenwich – cancelled
- Norwalk – cancelled
- Stamford – cancelled
- Stratford – cancelled
- Westport – cancelled
Please note that events posted below this line are from 2019 and are NOT up to date.
Where can you see the July 4th Fireworks this year? Whether you’re looking for fireworks in Lower Westchester or Northern Westchester, the events will be spectacular. This year, July 4th is on a Thursday, and you can find fireworks from Saturday, June 29rd through Thursday, July 4th 2019.
UPDATED 6/10/19: IF YOU HAVE ANY PLACES TO ADD, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. This year, I’m adding July 4th cruises to watch the fireworks (at the bottom). This seems to be the most comprehensive list so far for the July 4th fireworks in Westchester County. But, there may be additional fireworks or activities that I’m not aware of…yet, so please let me know if you have something to add…especially if it’s for the country clubs.
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Locally, the fireworks start as early as June 29. You can find fireworks or festivities somewhere in Westchester virtually every day between June 29th – July 5th. All listed cruises are on July 4th.
June 29th 2019 Fireworks (Saturday)
Lewisboro Fireworks – June 29th (Saturday) – South Salem NY 10590
The event starts at 6pm and it’s the 20th Annual Fireworks Spectacular. Bring chairs, blankets and flashlights. There is live entertainment starting at 7pm and fireworks are expected to start at 9:25. There will be some food supplied by the Lion’s Club and some food trucks to supplement. You are also welcome to picnic (but no BBQ’s).
Onatru Farm Park, 99 Elmwood Rd, South Salem, NY 10590. Last year, the Rain date was on Tuesday, so chances the same thing holds fro 2019. There is a $20 parking fee.
This year, Somers will also be celebrating the 4th of July early…on Saturday, June 29th an in a new location at the Sebastian Capital Urban Campus (1 Pepsi Way – across from King Kone).
The gates will open at 2:00pm. with live entertainment from Kelly-Oster
Irish Dance Troupe,
Dan Zlotnick & Band, Cadillac Chris
Ruggiero & Band (Doo Wop), Just Nuts Band
(ultimate dance band),
Class Action Band
(rockin it) and some special guest stars.
The Lion’s Club will have a full BBQ and throughout the day, you can enjoy sno cones, a blow up obstacle course, ultimate gaga, face painting and patriotic tattoos, music, tug-o-war, a pie eating contest, lots of music and entertainment and of course the finale will be topped off with fireworks.
This event is brought to you by the Town of Somers, The sponsors include NYSEG, Pepsi, Allstate: Karen Merritt Agency, Ace Endico, Appliance Sales Plus, Bridgham Barr Orthodontics, Putnam County Savings Bank, Park Ford Mahopac and Route 100 Market.
You can see the full schedule and tickets here: Rain date: I’m not sure yet if there is a rain date scheduled, but last year, it was on Sunday.
July 2nd Fireworks (Tuesday)
July 3rd Fireworks (Wednesday)
July 4th Fireworks (Thursday)
Independence Day Fair Katonah, NY 10536 – July 4th, 2019 (Thursday – during the day)
Join John Jay Homestead and the Rotary Club of Bedford-Armonk bring you a spirited reading of The Declaration of Independence. Enjoy live music, food, crafts, games, house tours, and plenty of other fun activities on the grounds of John Jay Homestead. Free admission to the grounds; there are some fees for some activities and for food and drink, of course. 400 Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536. 914-232-5651.
* Scarsdale NY 10583 – July 4th, 2019 Carnival (Thursday) – need to confirm
Caramoor, Katonah NY 10536 – Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Caramoor has their annual big event on Wednesday 7/4 at 8pm where you can enjoy Pops, Patriots and Fireworks. They will feature songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein.. Enjoy songs performed by Caramoor Schwab Vocal Rising Star alums Madison Leonard and Shea Owens, and the Westchester Symphonic Winds. The evening will be topped off with a spectacular fireworks show set to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This will be conducted by Curt Ebersole
Tickets range from $15-$93 and you do need to purchase these in advance (and yes, they sell out every year). You can purchase tickets here and you will find the entire program here which includes hits from Leonard Bernstein, Tchaikovsky and John Philip Sousa. .
The Westchester Symphonic Winds perform a selection of works that pay tribute to America’s independence. The evening includes a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs performed by Caramoor Schwab Vocal Rising Star alums Madison Leonard and Shea Owens, and ends with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, followed by a spectacular fireworks display!
Note: If it rains, the concert will proceed as planned on July 4th and the rain date for fireworks is 7/5/18.
Also, earlier on Thurs 7/4, they will have an afternoon Tea – Tea, tour and garden stroll at the Rosen House. The event starts at 1:30 and comes complete with a tour of the Rosen house, delectable tea sandwiches and dessert and a self guided tour of the grounds.
Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY 10536. 914-232-1252
Larchmont 4th of July Races – Thursday, July 4th, 2019
The Larchmont Recreation Committee is sponsoring relay races for children and adults Thursday, July 4. The event will also provide sprinklers and refreshments for participants to cool down after the races. The event will start around 8 a.m.
Locust Ave, Larchmont
Larchmont NY 10538 – Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Please note that there will NOT be fireworks at this event, but you can see the fireworks from neighboring locations while listening to the Dixie Dandies. The music starts at 7pm. Manor Park and Beach, 99 Park Ave.
Fireworks on July 5th 2019 in Westchester County
Rye Playland, Rye NY 10580 – July 4th and July 5th 2019 (Thursday and Friday)
At Rye Playland, you can enjoy rides during the day and fireworks at night. July 4th and July 5th, 9:15pm. The park will be staying open later until midnight on these dates. And, you can find fireworks each Friday night from July 5th until the August 30st.
Fireworks are FREE (But, there may be a fee for parking and of course there are admission fees for the rides). 1 Playland Parkway, Rye, NY. 914-813-7010.
This event will take place on both July 4th and July 5th.
Mt Vernon Independence Day Celebration – Thursday July 4th 2019
St. Paul’s Church in Mount Vernon will be hosting a traditional Fourth of July celebration. The event will feature music, speeches, refreshments, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and tolling of the historic St. Paul’s church bell. The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. for anyone who would like to attend.
St. Paul’s Church
897 S. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon
July 4th Fireworks Cruises 2019 – These are in NYC (Manhattan)
Please note that I am in the process of adding and updating this section. Many of these cruises depart from NYC and if you plan on doing a cruise, plan ahead as you need to purchase tickets and many places will get sold out.
QUICK NOTE ON JULY 4TH CRUISES.
A boat cruise provides AMAZING views of the City as you can see the water and the NYC skyline illuminated. In particular, the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks is amazing. But, one of the extra cool things about the cruises is that you’ll see many fireworks all along the rivers and you’ll have an unobstructed view up and down the rivers. Plus, you won’t have to battle the insane city crowds.
For this reason, the cruises are not cheap. Many run $300+ per person. Those that are under $200 are no frills and have cash bars and buffets. (You may want to eat before to reduce some of your costs). It’s ideal to call ahead and confirm the details so you know what you’re paying for.
If you’re bringing kids along, make sure kids are allowed. And, generally shorter cruises are better (for obvious reasons).
Be sure to check out boarding and departing times. Once the cruise has sailed, it’s not coming back. Allow enough time for parking, too (and potential road closures).
- Circle Line – Midtown West
Departs from Pier 83 at 42nd Street and the Hudson River (NYC)
$179 per person; $259 for a premium ticket
This cruise will go down the Hudson River to the tip of Manhattan with great views of the Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center. The Macy’s fireworks display will last 30 minutes (probably the longest show in the region).
Everyone will have access to the complementary beer and wine as well as a free buffet. You can also upgrade to a premium ticket for a full open bar, hors d’oeuvres and VIP seating.
Tickets sell out, so plan ahead.
- American Princess Cruise – Midtown West
Departs from Pier 81 West Side at 41st Street and the Hudson River (NYC)
$165 per person
Includes a box meal (Turkey, Tuna or Roast Beef sandwich, lettuce & tomato, pasta salad, chips, two cookies, piece of fruit and a soft drink or water). A cash bar is also available.
Book ahead! They sell out quickly.
- Spirit Cruises – Chelsea Piers
This is a dinner cruise, complete with a 3 course buffet, DJ and games. Enjoy spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
This is a 5 hour cruise. Boarding is at 5pm and the cruise is 6-11pm.
Departs from Pier 81 | West 41st Street & 12th Ave (NYC)
$199 per person
This includes a BBQ bash, dessert, unlimited beer, wine, juice, and soda.
- Capital Cruises – East Side
2430 FDR Drive, Service Road East, New York, New York 10010Departs from Skyport Marina at 23rd Street and FDR Drive
$190 per person
Enjoy the views from the Capital Princess yacht. The cruise includes a live DJ, an open bar, and dinner buffet.
- Hornblower Premier fireworks cruise – Lower East Side
This is an exclusive luxury cruise with a 6 course seated dinner and a top shelf open bar. There is a live DJ and dancing. There is a dress code – cocktail attire. It is a bit expensive, and they do offer less expensive cruises, but those are sold out for this year (so book early next year).
You’ll cruise by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Freedom Tower and the awe-inspiring Manhattan skyline.
If you have any events in Westchester County to add, feel free to leave a comment below.
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