On this edition of the weekend events guide, we bring you a list of 4th of July festivities in our area so you can go ahead and plan your celebrations! There’s lots to do on the Fourth (and the rest of the weekend) close to home. All fun and no work starts Thursday afternoon. Happy planning and staycationing!
For those who are feeling adventurous and want to brave the crowds to see some world class athleticism, the Coney Island Nathan’s hot dog eating contest will be held on July 4th at 12 noon.Will Joey Chestnut retain his mustard yellow belt? Since Kobayashi still appears to be in a jaw-injury-induced retirement, there are sure to be some promising athletes that could challenge Chestnut’s supremacy. For those who would prefer to enjoy this great American tradition on TV, you can see it on ESPN 3 (if you get that channel) starting at noon and again on ESPN at 2pm. Now that the USA is out of the World Cup, it may be time for Americans to get back to ignoring televised soccer and enjoy a uniquely American event.
The Macy’s NYC fireworks are back on the East River this year, so we now have a better chance of seeing them from this side of Manhattan (Sorry Jersey!). Or, you can just stay at home and watch them with a drink in your hand (sans mosquitos- yay!).
Stars and Stripes Day at Belmont Park– The 2014 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park will take place this Saturday July 5th at Belmont Park. Besides a fun-filled weekend of racing, the Stars and Stripes Festival will include face painting, bouncy inflatables, karaoke, a petting zoo, pony rides, plus a food truck festival featuring some of the best food trucks from and around New York City and a shaded picnic area to enjoy the delicious food. There will also be a commemorative t-shirt giveaway. 11:00am-4pm on Saturday July 5th. Cost: $5. Parking is free.
On Friday, July 4th, the GC Pool festivities begin at 1pm with music from “Blue Angel” plus face painting, games and activities.
A spectacular fireworks show and concert will be in Eisenhower Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The fireworks, presented by the world-famous Grucci family, are part of great night which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with live music. Fireworks will begin at nightfall (approx. 9:30 p.m.). Bring chairs or picnic blanket.
Head to Stewart Manor, just east of Covert Ave., to catch the annual Fire Department parade on Friday July 4th at 10:30am. Bring your water balloons and wear your bathing suit!
There will NOT be a Seventh St. Promenade this Friday, July 4th.
There will be Fireworks and Music at Mill River Park, 295 S Park Ave., Rockville Centre. Food, music and Grucci Fireworks. (rain date is Sunday, July 13). Entertainment and food begin at 6 PM. The South Shore Symphony will perform at 7:45 pm and the world famous Grucci Fireworks Show will begin at 9:15 pm. There will be music after the fireworks until 10:15 pm.
See a major league lacrosse game on July 3rd at 7:30pm. The NY Lizards vs Florida Launch. Heroes Day will honor the NYPD and FDNY for their service. Events begin at 2:30pm and will feature an NYPD v. FDNY lacrosse game before the Lizards host the Florida Launch at 7:30pm. There will be fireworks after the game. James Shuart Stadium, Hofstra University.
Capo on Covert Ave will be celebrating the Fourth as well as their own 5 year anniversary. Catch the final days of their awesome specials. $5 each for special menu items!
Capo is also offering a July 4th catering special for those of you who don’t want to get stuck behind a grill for your entire party- or if your bbq plans get rained out. $75 serves 10-12ppl, $160 serves 12-15ppl.
Back to the World Cup if you’re still watching .. Inside Garden City is pulling for Columbia to upset Brazil today! Quick shout out to my Columbian amigos.
Happy Birthday America! Have a great holiday weekend and remember to practice safe sun.
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