Free and family friendly July 4th events in New York 2018
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The entire family will have fun getting out to the family-friendly events in New York for the 4th of July in New York. Kids and adults will enjoy celebrating America’s birthday on Independence Day in 2018.

Travis 4th of July Parade
July 4 @ 12 p.m.
4801 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10301

The annual 4th of July Parade in Staten Island will be a patriotic event to delight kids and adults. The Travis parade is one of the oldest consecutive Independence Day Parades in the U.S.  A ceremony will be held at Showplace Center to recognize dignitaries and honored guests. The parade will step off at 12:30. The reviewing stand will be in front of P.S. 26 @ 4108 Victory Blvd.

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest
July 4 @ 11 a.m.
Surf and Stillwell, Coney Island, NY11224

The world’s top competitive eaters will compete to claim the title in this event, which will be covered by ESPN2 at 12 p.m. EST. The event will be free to attend.  

The Great Miguelino
July 4 @ 2 p.m.
Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village, Woodhaven Blvd. & Forest Park Dr., Queens, NY 11421

The Great Miguelino will perform magic tricks for free in this one-hour show. Admission to the Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village is free, but tickets will be required to rides and games.

Omar’s 4th of July Block Party
July 4 @ 2 p.m.
Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 5351 111th St., Queens, NY 11368

Omar Olusion will host an afternoon of family fun with games, dance contests, magic shows, live DJ music, and more. Admission and live entertainment will be free. Rides and games at the Fantasy Forest Amusement Park will be ticketed.

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival
July 4 @ 12 p.m.
Exchange Place, Montgomery at the Hudson River, Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival will feature a day of family-friendly fun, including a carnival, live entertainment, live music, food trucks, and a beer garden. The spectacular fireworks show will fire off on the waterfront at 10 p.m.

New York Park District Swimming Pools
June 27 – Sept. 9 @ 11 a.m.
Various Locations in New York

The New York Parks Department free outdoor swimming pools will open on June 27 so the entire family can have sun cooling off. There are several outdoor pools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

Summer in the Square
July 5 @ 7 a.m.
North Plaza and South Plaza, Union Square Park, Manhattan, NY

Summer in the Square is held every Thursday night between July 16 and Aug 9. The free family-friendly event includes shows, live music, dance performances, interactive children’s activities, movie nights, and more.

Free Summer Movies
Multiple nights @ Various Times
Locations vary, New York, NY

Free movies will be presented at parks throughout New York during the summer. The following are some of the movies being shown July 2-5.

July 2: Bryant Park Movie Nights at Bryant Park Lawn in Manhattan will present “A League of Their Own.”
July 3: Movies Under the Stars at Playground in Juniper Valley Park in Queens will present “Edward Scissorhands.”
July 3: Movies Under the Stars at White Playground in Manhattan will present “The House.”
July 3: Movies Under the Stars at Clove Lakes Park Parkhouse in Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island will present “Independence Day.”
July 5: Summer Outdoor Movie Night at North Lawn in Stuyvesant Square in Manhattan will present “Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds”
July 5: Movies Under the Stars at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center in Manhattan will present the Throwback Movie Series “Splash.”
July 5: Movies Under the Stars at Bellevue South Park in Manhattan will present “Bedtime Stories.”
July 5: Movies Under the Stars at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park in Staten Island will present “Jumanji.”

Historic Richmond Town’s Independence Day Celebration
July 4 @ 12 p.m.
Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island, NY 10306

The Independence Day celebration is a long-time favorite for families on Staten Island. The Living History display will feature a Doughboys of 1918 display, artisans of historic trades, old-time crafts, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, folk songs, and more. Tickets ($10-$12 or $35/family of four) are available online.