With the 4th of July just around the corner, fireworks season is finally here! If you’re in the state of New York, remember that while sparklers and party poppers are legal, any type of fireworks that leave the ground such as firecrackers or Roman candles are illegal. Here are a few safety tips to make sure you get the most out of this weekend.

  1. Always ignite fireworks outside, and keep away from brush, leaves, or other flammable substances.
  2. Be cautious if you let your children play with sparklers – they can heat up to 1,200°F which results in many adolescent injuries every year.
  3. Have a bucket of water nearby to soak the fireworks in after you’re done and to quickly put out any emergency fires.

If you’d rather leave the fireworks to the professionals, we’ve picked out a few firework shows and other events going on this weekend. Some of them will be familiar and others unfamiliar, so if you don’t have any plans then choose one of these!

Travis Parade
If you’re near Staten Island, stop by for this big-time parade in a small-town atmosphere. One of the oldest parades in US history, this annual event is a celebration of the rich history of Travis that spans as far back as the Revolutionary War. Featuring local music groups, county dignitaries, and prominent community members, the parade begins at noon in front of PS 26.

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
Celebrate the 4th of July with the most anticipated fireworks display of the year! This iconic event returns to the East River this year with viewing available along the Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. With performances by Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Meghan Trainor, and many more, come early to watch it in person or tune in to NBC at 8pm.

Harlem Children’s Parade
This one’s just for the kids – come early for Yoga for Kids by Land Yoga at 10am, decorate bikes and scooters to win prizes, and start lining up for the parade by 10:45am. Stay after the parade to get sprayed by firetrucks, so don’t forget your swimsuit! The parade begins on Morningside Drive at 115th St.

Coney Island
If you’re looking to get out of the city this weekend, come drop by the boardwalk and beaches of Coney Island this weekend for fireworks and of course, Nathan’s World Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. The fireworks will take place this Friday night at 9:30pm on the beach between W 10th and W 12th. Joey Chestnut returns to defend his world record of 69 hot dogs and will look for his 9th straight title this year. The contest begins at noon on Saturday at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues.

Whatever your plans this holiday weekend, we wish you a happy and safe 4th of July!


Posted by Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a nonprofit and federally qualified health center, established in 1971. Our mission is to provide high quality and affordable health care to the undeserved, with a focus on Asian Americans. Our vision is to ensure that everyone has full and equal access to the highest level of health care. Learn more at www.cbwchc.org.

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