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July 4 - Fireworks Spectacular 2024

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BACK for 2024  flag2 a Fireworks extravaganza above the shores of Jones Beach State Park simulcast to a musical array of patriotic songs. Arrive early lots fill up fast.
9:30pm      More info & tips click here      Boat Cruise  
Simulcast:  WALK 97.5 FM or KJOY 98.3 FM
fee: $10 parking

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At Jones Beach State Park, the Jovia Financial Credit Union Fireworks Spectacular will begin at 9:30 p.m. This year, WALK 97.5 FM and KJOY-98.3 FM will simulcast music during the fireworks presentation. The fireworks are included in the regular price of parking admission. This year's program, with lead sponsorship by Jovia Financial Credit Union, is also made possible with support from the Natural Heritage Trust, Foundation for Long Island State Parks Inc., Captree Boatman's Association, Newsday, Connoisseur Media Long Island and J & B Restaurant Partners.

Fireworks inspired by “Barbie,” Beyoncé and Taylor Swift will highlight a 25-minute pyrotechnics display that will paint the night sky with whimsical candy-colored patterns and floral designs this Fourth of July at Jones Beach. New for this year — comprised of 5,000 shells launched from a barge 2,000 feet off shore — are “pink and aqua” effects dancing across the sky to Dua Lipa’s “Dance The Night” from the “Barbie” movie, says Chris Santore, production manager and choreographer for New Jersey-based Garden State Fireworks.

Beyoncé fans should watch the skies for “ghost rings,” a fireworks effect Santore describes as “a circle that ignites across the sky,” in a segment set to the singer's chart-topping “Texas Hold 'em.” And Swifties should keep their eyes peeled for “a really cool cracking flower section,” timed to the bridge in Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer.”

Patriotism will be on display as well, with rockets glaring to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” Just before the finale, “massive golden weeping willow fireworks” illustrate Whitney Huston’s stirring version of “America the Beautiful,” Santore says.. The “high energy, super intense” finale features rapid-fire firecrackers choreographed to John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Radio stations WALK 97.5 FM and KJOY-98.3 FM will simulcast music during the fireworks presentation.

New this Fourth of July: “It’s going to be a fun day highlighting the 100th anniversary of New York State parks,” says George Gorman, Long Island regional director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Beginning at noon July 4, the boardwalk will be hopping with live musical entertainment and children’s performers. History buffs can browse booths set up along the boardwalk highlighting the history of New York State parks, covering each decade from the 1920s through the 2020s. Gorman says the park will stay open after the fireworks for spectators to enjoy the late night activities.

Take the bus to the Jones Beach fireworks show

On July 4, NICE (Nassau Inter-County Express) will be running buses to Jones Beach State Park on a regular weekend schedule. Beach-bound buses will leave every half-hour beginning at 8:28 a.m. from the Freeport Long Island Rail Road station and from the Hempstead Rosa Parks Transit Center in Hempstead Village. NICE will add buses throughout the day and evening if needed. Post-show return trips to Freeport and Hempstead will begin at the park’s West Bathhouse — and buses will return to the bathhouse until all passengers are picked up. More information is available at http://nicebus.com/Passenger-Information/Jones-Beach.

Watch the Jones Beach fireworks show on a boat

Get into the patriotic spirit with a drink in hand on a Fourth of July fireworks cruise. Choose from 10 Captree Fleet boats offering fireworks cruises through the scenic New York State Channel to a water view of the sky spectacular. Coffee, cookies and other snacks will be served on the return trip. Boats leave at 6:30 and 7 p.m. from Captree State Park, 3500 Ocean Pkwy., Babylon. Boarding begins a half hour before departure. (631-669-6464, captreefleet.com, $65).

Freeport Water Taxi & Tours' 44-foot, 28-passenger American Yacht catamaran leaves at 8 p.m. for a two-hour cruise with a cash bar and specialty drinks (Jones Beach Brewing Co. blonde ale, Fisher Island Lemonade, coconut coladas, margaritas and more.) Board at 211 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport; $65 for passengers ages 11 and up, $45 for children ages 5 to 10, reservations required, 516-521-7744, http://freeportwatertaxi.com

The Capt. Lou Fleet offers July 4 fireworks cruises, also leaving from the Freeport Nautical Mile. Dance to DJ music and enjoy a cash bar aboard The Captain Lou VIl, an 85-foot cruiser with a covered upper deck, climate controlled cabin and galley, or the Atlantic Pearl, which features an open upper level and a climate controlled cabin ($65). Or take a dinner cruise on The Starstream VIII, a 100-foot super-cruiser ($95). Board at 7:30 p.m. for 8 p.m. departure at 31 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport. Reservations are required and can be made at 516-623-5823 or at http://captloufleet.com

Dine at a historic site during the show

Watch the night sky light up from a seat at Gatsby on the Ocean, the restaurant and catering facility on the second floor of Jones Beach’s historic Art Deco West Bath House. The ballroom and the dining areas on the building’s terraces offer ocean views and will be open throughout the fireworks show, with baked clams, burgers, lobster rolls, salads and more on the menu. No reservations are required. (516-785-0012; http://gatsbyontheocean.com

Watch the Jones Beach fireworks show from another park

See the fireworks from a different viewpoint on the pier and long shoreline at Wantagh Park (1 King Road, Wantagh, 516-571-7460) or at nearby Cedar Creek Park (3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford, 516-571-7470). Admission is free with proof of Nassau County residence; nonresidents pay a $10 parking fee. Nassau County residents with a Leisure Pass can see the show at the county’s Nickerson Beach Park, located on Long Beach west of Jones Beach. Parking costs $15. Nonresidents pay a $37 parking fee. (880 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach, 516-571-7700).

Statements from 2021

OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito said, "Thanks to the New Yorkers who got us to the 70 percent vaccination milestone, most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, and we can once again partner with our generous sponsors at Price Chopper/Market 32 to put on an Independence Day celebration for all to enjoy at the Empire State Plaza. To keep the momentum going, we will have a pop-up vaccination site at the Plaza on July 4, and I encourage everyone who hasn't received a vaccination to roll up their sleeve and help us keep COVID-19 on the retreat."

State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, "There's no better way for residents and visitors alike to kick-off America's birthday than by celebrating with fireworks at one of our more iconic State Parks.Thanks to the grit and perseverance of New Yorkers over the past year, traditions such as these can again be enjoyed by New York families this year."

Chief Marketing Officier, Jovia Financial Credit Union, Renu Dalessandro, said, "The Fourth of July is the most decorated holiday in our country. This is a milestone moment for Long Island. Not only are we gathering to celebrate our independence, but with restrictions being lifted, it's also a celebration of gaining back some normalcy and freedom. The Jovia Financial Credit Union Fireworks Spectacular at Jones Beach is symbolic of our perseverance for all we went through during the height of the pandemic, and we are elated to celebrate our healthcare heroes and essential workers as the title sponsor of this explosive and patriotic event on Long Island at Jones Beach."

Market President and COO for Connoisseur Media Long Island, David Bevins, said, "Attending the Fireworks at Jones Beach is a Long Island rite of passage. Our stations feel a strong sense of pride every year we simulcast the soundtrack to America's birthday celebration. This year, working with NY State Parks and our partner Jovia Financial Credit Union, we knew this is the time for an event like this to come back to Long Island to help us heal after one of our hardest years. We look forward to the Jovia Financial Credit Union Fireworks Spectacular at Jones Beach on July 4th.


Mona Golub, the hometown supermarket chain's VP Public Relations & Consumer Services, said, "Price Chopper/Market 32 is thrilled to resume its annual tradition of gathering community to celebrate our freedom and salute our veterans and active military with the region's premier Independence Day fireworks display. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo for having lifted COVID-19 restrictions in NYS, allowing our neighbors and friends to congregate once again at the majestic Empire State Plaza on July 4."
 


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