Halloween Events

There are so many Halloween happenings to dress up for this year!

Also see our favorite Halloween decor, Dia de Muertos commemorations, events by date (with lots of options for October 30 & October 31) and nearby pumpkin patches.

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Uptown

July 4th at CMOM

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)
Jul 04, 10:00 am

Celebrate Independence Day with themed art projects.
Contribute to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s collective American Dream Quilt by expressing what freedom and happiness mean to you, make Independence Day origami fireworks and use your fingers to blend, smudge and smear the colors of the American flag on the Red, White and Blue Mural Wall.

See our complete guide to CMOM.

Independence Day Family Celebration

New-York Historical Society
Jul 04, 12:00 pm

Celebrate Independence Day at the New-York Historical Society with a fun-filled day of learning about America’s past through crafts, stories, and objects in the galleries.

Explore a statue of Thomas Jefferson with a costumed interpreter and dig into his legacy—both as a Founding Father and as an enslaver.  Write a letter to Jefferson telling him what you think and feel about his life and legacy.

Join special holiday storytimes celebrating Americans from every walk of life (12:30 pm, 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm).

Learn about America’s famous and little-known greats from Alexander Hamilton to Pierre Toussaint to former President Obama, then mix and match their portraits to create your own unique American

Post sticky notes on our “Preamble wall” reflecting upon and responding to the opening words of the Constitution.

See our complete guide to the New-York Historical Society including it’s hands-on children’s floor.

Midtown

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Various Locations
Jul 04, 8:00 pm

Watch Macy’s annual spectacular fireworks show on the East River. Go early to nab spots in stands along the elevated portion of FDR Drive, with entrances at East 23rd, East 34th and East 42nd Streets, or at Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens or Transmitter PArk, Bushwick Inlet Park, and Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Borrklyn
is backfive barges stationed on the East River centered around Midtown Manhattan.

Listen to the soundtrack with the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, Young People’ Chorus of New York City and more live music performances or watch from home at on NBC/Peacock.

DOWNTOWN

Seaport Beach Fest

Seaport
Jul 01

Play on a shorefront pop-up sand beach with lounge chairs, umbrellas, and sand toys in the historic Seaport. enjoy live music performances, pop-up bars and food trucks. Listen to buskers and a series of tribute bands singing summer beach tunes.

See our guide to more fun, food and maritime activities in the Seaport.

BRONX

First Friday at Bartow-Pell

Lower Westchester
Sep 02

Local bands perform at a 19th century mansion museum. Explore the museum, and stroll the gorgeous garden. light refreshments available. Online registration requested.

Queens

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Various Locations
Jul 04

Watch Macy’s annual spectacular fireworks show on the East River. Go early to nab spots in stands along the elevated portion of FDR Drive, with entrances at East 23rd, East 34th and East 42nd Streets, or at Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens or Transmitter PArk, Bushwick Inlet Park, and Marsha P. Johnson State Park…

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Jun 30

Inspired by Brooklyn’s energy and diversity, this beloved children’s museum (the first in the world when in opened in 1899) creates experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning.

Learn about world cultures, visual arts, nature, animals and more in well-designed, interactive exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central and The (outdoor) Nest.

In the ColorLab, try print-making, collage and sculpture projects inspired by artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Hunt, Faith Ringgold and Kehinde Wiley, among others

Pay-What-You-Wish Play Sessions available Thursdays 2pm-5pm.

Skyline Independence Day Fireworks & Movie

Skyline Drive-In
Jul 02

Enjoy a perfect view of the Macy’s NYC firework show from Skyline Drive-In.

Book a VIP ticket to reserve a chairs + free popcorn, or bring your own chair/blanket with a general admission ticket.

Visit the Greenpoint Terminal Market 12-9 pm for food, bars and vendors from all over the city. Food will also be availble from the concession stand, food truck and on-site bar.

After the fireworks, watch American classic Back to the Future on big screens framed by the Manhattan skyline.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Various Locations
Jul 04

Watch Macy’s annual spectacular fireworks show on the East River. Go early to nab spots in stands along the elevated portion of FDR Drive, with entrances at East 23rd, East 34th and East 42nd Streets, or at Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens or Transmitter PArk, Bushwick Inlet Park, and Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Borrklyn
is backfive barges stationed on the East River centered around Midtown Manhattan.

Listen to the soundtrack with the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, Young People’ Chorus of New York City and more live music performances or watch from home at on NBC/Peacock.

Beyond NYC

American Dream

East Rutherford

This indoor mega-mall has towns over-the-top, entirely indoor activities. Prices vary by day. Gets crowded, so go early.

* Ride thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly rides plus meet favorite characters like Dora The Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe ($59–$85).

* Swim, splash and slide with…

1863 Independence Day Celebration

Old Bethpage

Celebrate Independence Day as it was observed in the 1860, with a parade at 2:30 pm. Enjoy historic craft demonstrations, contra dancing, storytelling, military drills, fiddle music and brass band concerts on a recreated mid-19th Century American village set on more than 200 acres

Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks

Katonah

The Westchester Symphonic Winds return for their annual tribute to America’s independence with a program that includes The Star-Spangled Banner, Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever; and a Sondheim medley performed by alumni of the Schwab Vocal Rising Stars program. Note there will be no fireworks this year.

For a more casual concert environment, get…

Fireworks at Playland Park

Rye

Follow up a day of rides at an old-fashioned amusement park with a dazzling display of color and glittering explosions set to music.

Starting July4th weekend and on every Friday following.

 

 

First Friday at Bartow-Pell

Bronx

Local bands perform at a 19th century mansion museum. Explore the museum, and stroll the gorgeous garden. light refreshments available. Online registration requested.

Virtual

TheaterWorksUSA TV

Rent videos of TheaterWorksUSA’s excellent family-friendly musicals including A Christmas Carol, Jungle Book, A Tribe Called Tubman and many more. Also see behind-the-scenes with the artists, and try theater activities and crafts to make and share online.