Independence Day Events Coming to Queens

With flags waving everywhere and the red, white and blue colors being shown all around, July 4 is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. For Queens, another reason to celebrate this Independence Day is that Macy’s fireworks will once again be viewed in various locations in Queens. But before the fireworks began, there are several events to commemorate the day.

The Fourth of July celebration kicks off on July 3 with Our Valued Commodity’s second annual Independence Day Carnival Explosion for four nights; July 3-6. Each night, the carnival will begin at 5 p.m. and end at midnight. On July 5, there will be a free firework show at 9 p.m. The carnival will be held at Padavan-Preller Field, located at 236-02 Hillside Ave., Bellerose. For information, call (718) 465-2225 or visit www.ovcnyc.org.

On July 4-5, the Forest Park Carousel has a Magic and Circus Show with non-stop excitement and entertainment as Zabo the Clown works his juggling, unicycling and prop balancing skills. Act 1 of Zabo the Clown will be shown on July 4 and Act 2 will follow on July 5. On July 5, Champu the Magician will engage guests in a magical and hilarious experience. Both events are free and located at Forest Park Drive off Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven. The shows will begin at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For information, call (718) 788-2676, email info@nycarousel.com or visit www.nycgovparks.org.

The Fantasy Forest at Flushing Meadows Corona Park will hold two events on Friday and Sunday. On Friday, be amazed by Omar’s 4th of July Spectacular and on Sunday, be entranced by The Sammie & Tudie Show. Both shows are free and will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. Both events will be at Fantasy Forest at Flushing Meadows Carousel, located at 111th Street and 55th Avenue. For information, call (718) 788-2676.

LIC Landing in Hunters Point Park will host its first annual July 4 BBQ from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A local DJ will have guests dancing all night. The ticket for this event is $100 for the unlimited food and drinks. There is no charge for children under 10. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hunters Point Park Conservancy. For information, call Frank at (917) 403-7664 or visit LICLanding.com. The restaurant is located at 52-10 Center Blvd., Long Island City.

For those wishing to spend Independence Day watching fireworks, Resorts World Casino will hold a 4th of July fireworks viewing event at Bar360 and on their 6th floor parking lot at 74-110 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, Queens. The view will begin at 7 p.m. For information, call (718) 215-2828 or visit www.rwnewyork.com.

The New York Mets will also host a fireworks display at Citi Field in celebration of Independence Day following the game vs. the Texas Rangers. Fireworks will be launched from Citi Field’s roof and the centerfield grass, providing a 360 degree experience for fans throughout the ballpark. Fireworks Night will be presented by Citi. Tickets for the game are on sale at Mets.com and (718) 507-TIXX.