Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around LaGuardia this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.
Go to a Baseball Game
As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And Queens’ own New York Mets just happen to be playing the New York Yankees this year on July 4th. The evening game starts at 7:08 pm over at Yankee Stadium. Tickets will be sold in limited numbers called “pods” to try to keep social distancing and limited capacity within the stadium. At the time of writing, Yankee Stadium is allowed to be at 33% capacity, but more pods will get released as local regulations change. Check back here for more information as the 4th approaches.
Cooling off in the pool is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and one of the best pools in the city happens to be in Queens. This Olympic-sized swimming pool is called Astoria Pool and it’s a classic way to beat the heat in NYC (it’s one of the oldest pools in the city!). Hours are 11 am to 7 pm (with a break for cleaning from 3-4 pm). There are free sunscreen dispensers onsite in case you forget yours at home.
The pool is located in Astoria Park, which has lots of other fun things to do so you can make a full day of it, even when your fingers start getting pruney. This includes bocce courts, play areas for dogs, skate parks, outdoor fitness equipment, and trails.
And Astoria Park usually hosts a Fourth of July celebration that’s free to the public. It hasn’t yet been announced if this will be on this year, but you should bookmark this one and check back closer to the date. It typically involves live music and fireworks.
Feel like getting out of the city for the day, but don’t want to go all the way upstate? Your best bet is Jones Beach. The beach is a little over an hour’s drive from the airport on the barrier islands along Long Island’s Southern shore. This state park features over 6 miles of coastline where you can walk, swim, look for shells, and build sandcastles. The waves are pretty big here, so be sure to bring a boogie board or inner tube!
There’s also plenty else to do around. Jones Beach has a boardwalk on which you can stroll, concessions stands and cafes, playgrounds, a Nature Center, and WildPlay Adventure Park with cornhole, mini golf, shuffleboard, basketball, and more. It’s a great area to spend a laid-back holiday picnicking and celebrating with family and friends!
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