The Fourth of July is just around the corner! While this holiday is a highlight of the summer no matter where you may be, our staff at Farenga Funeral Home is partial to the celebrations in the Astoria and Greater Queens area. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy and honor Independence Day this year.
Be sure to double-check event details through the links below before planning to attend.
Attend a Fireworks Display
You can’t spend the Fourth of July in New York without attending a fireworks show! This year marks the 45th anniversary of New York’s biggest fireworks show, hosted annually by Macy’s department store. The fireworks are shot off along the East River and can be seen from throughout the area. To make your fireworks experience more unique, hop on a cruise ship to watch the display while making your way down the river. If you want to stay local, head to Astoria Park for their famous annual fireworks display. Details for these events are still in the works, so be sure to stay posted on the Macy’s website and the Astoria Park website for more information.
Watch the Mets at Yankees
Make this Fourth of July a holiday to remember by attending a Major League sporting event. From July 2 through July 4, the New York Yankees will be hosting the New York Mets. Head across the river to the Bronx to watch this rivalry game – buy your tickets today.
Soak up the Sun at the Park
Did you know Central Park only allows grilling and barbecuing three days of the year? Luckily, the Fourth of July is one of them. Before the fireworks show, go to the park for a summer grill out. If you want to stay in the Queens area, check out some of the local parks: Forest Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Juniper Valley Park, and more. If your park doesn’t allow grilling or barbecuing, pack your own food and enjoy an outdoor picnic.
Visit a Tourist Attraction
Most tourist attractions in the New York City area remain open during holidays, making it the perfect time to go to that museum or monument you’ve been waiting to see. Check out the Socrates Sculpture Park & Noguchi Museum in Astoria, an outdoor museum and sculpture garden with views of the Manhattan skyline. Or visit the Queens Botanical Garden to stroll through several gardens on 39 acres of land.
Head to Coney Island
Coney Island is one of the most popular spots to visit in the area, and for good reason. Every Fourth of July, Nathan’s Famous hosts their annual International Hot Dog Eating Contest which brings in more than 20,000 spectators. Besides the food, Coney Island has a lot more to offer. Cool off at the beach, ride the famous Wonder Wheel, or walk the nearly 3-mile boardwalk.
At Farenga Funeral Home, we hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Fourth of July holiday. We are always here to support our families in the Astoria area. Please never hesitate to reach out – our caring staff is honored to assist you in your time of need.