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Where to watch fireworks in NYC for the rest of the year

Jennifer P

Didn't get the ideal firework photo for your Instagram this Independence Day? Don't sweat it. Fourth of July may be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to see a spectacular fireworks display in NYC before the end of the year. You can watch the night sky come alive with sparkling bursts of color by taking a trip to Coney Island or a medley of other venues across town. 

Coney Island Fireworks at Coney Island Boardwalk; Friday nights through Sept 1 at 9:30pm
Coney Island hosts free, sensational fireworks every Friday night through September 1. Grab a frank and get yourself a comfortable spot on the boardwalk to celebrate the end of the work-week every week.

NY Marathon Opening Ceremony; Central Park; Nov 3 4:45pm–7pm  
Just a few days before the marathon, there's a free and open-to-the-public opening ceremony to pump up the runners before race day. The event (hosted by United Airlines) starts with a pre-show concert, followed by the Parade of Nations, which showcases runners from around the world. A firework display sponsored by Poland Springs will end the night with a bang (literally). 

NYRR Midnight Run at Central Park Bandshell; Dec 31 at midnight
If you prefer to ring in 2018 in a healthy and proactive way instead of pounding flutes of champagne only to make out with a total stranger (no judgments), then join the New York Road Runners for a midnight run. There will be music and dancing with a countdown to midnight, and a gorgeous firework display.  

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Prospect Park Grand Army Plaza; Dec 31 at 11pm 
This annual firework display is held at the ever-beautiful Prospect Park and includes live entertainment from bands and DJs. Warm up with a hot chocolate served at Grand Army Plaza just before the show. 


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