Believe it or not, Fourth of July weekend is already upon us. By now, you can hopefully already fit into that bathing suit you bought at the beginning of the year, have purchased plenty of sunscreen, and watched your kids celebrate the school year’s end. And maybe you’ve already made Independence Day plans for the big family barbecue (or are currently trying to remember how to use your grill). But what about those fireworks? No, not the ones you bought at an odds-and-ends store upstate; the really theatrical demonstrations that dazzle everyone’s eyes. Fortunately, Westchester County’s got you covered. See below for some of the county’s most spectacular upcoming displays.
Caramoor’s Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks in Katonah
If you’re looking for something classy for the July Fourth weekend, head on over to Caramoor in Katonah. Enjoy an evening of classical music and fireworks beginning at 8 pm on July 2. The program will open with a concert by the Westchester Symphonic Winds, conducted by Curt Ebersole and Broadyway’s Ryan Silverman. Fireworks, of course, will bring an explosive end to the night. Tickets are sold online or via phone; seating is assigned.
149 Girdle Ridge Rd
(914) 232-5035; https://www.caramoor.org/events/pops-patriots-fireworks-160702/
Rye Playland Holiday Fireworks
Every Friday beginning July 1, spectacular fireworks displays are choreographed to music at 9:15 pm. A special holiday showing will be given on July 3 and July 4 starting at 9:30 pm on both days. Visiting the park is free if you decide to forgo the rides. And if you would like to make it a whole day adventure and enjoy some rollercoasters, check out their ticket listings online.
100 Playland Parkway
(914) 813-7010; http://ryeplayland.org/
Village of Mamaroneck Fireworks Display at Harbor Island Park
Start off your Fourth of July at Mamaroneck’s firework celebration. Taking place at Harbor Island Park, a day-long firemen’s carnival will kick off the event at 7 pm. There will be a plethora of rides and foods to choose from while you are there, and the fireworks show will start at dark with the Long Island Sound as the perfect backdrop. Be sure to arrive early for good parking.
123 Mamaroneck Ave
(914) 777-7784; http://www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us/Pages/MamaroneckNY_Fire/index
Cross County Shopping Mall Fireworks Showing
If you want to get some shopping done while enjoying a fireworks display, then head over to the Cross County Shopping Mall in Yonkers. Enjoy classic rock ‘n’ roll on the main Summerfest stage, featuring the British Invasion Tribute Band, located near the Michael Kors store, from 7-10 pm. A fireworks display will begin by the north parking lot at 9:30 pm. The event itself is free, as is parking (!).
8000 Mall Walk
(914) 968-9570; http://www.crosscountysummerfest.com/
Ossining Fireworks Celebration
Also located on the Hudson River waterfront, Ossining’s Fourth of July Celebration takes place the evening of June 30. The event will include a concert, beginning at 7 pm. Fireworks begin at 9:15 pm, with a performance by Powderfinger afterward. Enjoy dinner or ice cream at the festivities from the various food vendors, or venture to the surrounding Ossining Downtown area and Main Street for a quick bite with the family before the show.
Louis Engel Waterfront Park
(914) 941-3189; villageofossining.org
Kensico Dam Music Fest and Fireworks Showing
Bring your favorite oversized blanket on Sunday, July 3 for the annual Kensico Dam Music Fest, featuring a performance by the Bensen-Scott Big Band. The band will begin its performance at 8 pm, with some pre-concert entertainment at 6 pm. A fireworks display will follow the performance at 9:15 pm. Admission and parking are free, but car-pooling is strongly recommended. Parking can be difficult, so be sure to arrive early.
1 Bronx River Parkway
(914) 328-1542; http://parks.westchestergov.com/kensico-dam-plaza