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Tonight: Parachute Jump Lighting and Fireworks on Coney Island

Celebrate the first official day of summer on Coney Island with the lighting of the historic Parachute Jump and the first fireworks display of the season.

Coney Island Boardwalk and B&B Carousel

Coney Island Boardwalk and B&B Carousel Photograph: Luciana Golcman

There’s no doubt about it: this Friday will certainly be Brooklyn’s brightest day of the year. Not only will June 21 mark the first day of summer and the year’s longest period of daylight, but all of Coney Island will be illuminated by Luna Park’s new 8,000 color-changing LED lights that run all the way up the historic 270-foot-tall Parachute Jump. Guests can join in the festivities starting at 8:30pm, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will flip the switch at 9:30 to turn on the enormous display that is not only eco-friendly, but can also perform light shows for special events and concerts.

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Not bright enough? Stick around right after for the first of Coney Island’s weekly (and free!) Friday night fireworks of the summer—they take place every Friday through August 30. To continue the weekend’s start-of-summer celebrations, be sure to check out Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade—the largest art parade in the country—on June 22 at 1pm, complete with floats, live musicand over 1,500 creative participants.


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