No need to haul yourself down to Jones Beach or brave the city crowds for a look at some fireworks on the Fourth of July. The Town of Oyster Bay has shows, parades, history lessons, and concerts, all to celebrate Independence Day.
Hear the blaring of Sousa's greatest hits in the center of Farmingdale with the village's own pops orchestra. Bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and your patriotic spirit.
Where: Farmingdale Village Green, behind the firehouse
When: Tues., 7:30 p.m.
This favorite fireworks show was paid for by funds that the Village of Massapequa Park didn't need for snow removal. So instead of a White Christmas, we get a colorful Independence Day.
Where: Mansfield Park in Massapequa Park
When: Tues. 9 p.m.
Massapequa Independence Day Parade
Beating drums will set the pace for marchers from community groups and residents to head through the village. Trophies will be awarded for the best marching unit, band, and float. Call (516) 798-0244 if your community group wishes to participate.
When: Wed., 11 a.m.
Where: begins at Lake Shore Drive and Walker Street, down Park Boulevard to Front Street.
Sagamore Hill Independence Day Celebration
Head to Teddy's house to meet Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt, watch a "Rough Rider" reenactment, watch a performance by the Sagamore Hill Band, and more! Bring blankets or chairs to sit on the sprawling front lawn.
When: Wed., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sagamore Hill Band performs at 2 p.m.)
Watch the muscle cars, motorcycles, hot rods, and fire trucks of yesteryear roll by in the Fourth of July air.
Where: Sea Cliff Ave. and Main Ave., Sea Cliff
When: Wed., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Price: Spectators attend free; show cars $5
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