Activities for Families to Celebrate Independence Day on Long Island

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Independence Day is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, and it’s also a time for families to get together to appreciate the freedoms this holiday honors.  Dress up in red, white, and blue and join one or more of the activities for families to celebrate Independence Day on Long Island.
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Museums/Aquariums
Check out some of these museums with the family to experience Long Islands rich history. Also read our other related posts Family Guide to Long Island Museums Beyond Children’s Museums, Long Island Science Museums, and Museum Row in Garden City.
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Cradle of Aviation Museum
Read our full review of the Cradle of Aviation Museum
Where: Charles Lindbergh Blvd. Garden City, NY
Contact info: (516) 572-4111
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Garvies Point Museum
Where: 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY
Contact info:  (516) 571-8010
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Where: 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY
Contact info: (631) 208-9200
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Where: 1200 Route 25A  Stony Brook, NY
Contact info:  (631) 751-0066
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Water Parks and Community Pools
Spend the day enjoying the outdoors by cooling off at one of these fabulous water parks or pools. Also read our related posts Guide to Spray Parks on Long Island, and Four South Shore Beach Hot Spots to Stay Cool .
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Centereach Pool
Enjoy the water slides and sprinklers at this community pool.
Where: Hawkins Rd. & Hammond Rd., Centereach, NY
Contact info: (631) 698-8663
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Hoyt Farm
Hoyt Farm features one of the most amazing playgrounds, complete with a sprinkler park. 
Where:
200 New Highway, Commack, NY
Contact info: (631) 543-7804
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Shipwreck Cove Sprayground
Where: Bay Shore Marina Park, South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, NY
Contact info: (631) 665-7003
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Splish Splash
Read our full review of Splish Splash Water Park
Where:
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY
Contact info: (631) 727-3600
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Tobay Beach Water Park
Where: Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh, NY
Contact info: (516) 679-3900
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West Meadow Beach
This popular beach has a great sprinkler area for the kids to enjoy.
Where: 1 W Meadow Beach Rd, Setauket, NY 11733
Contact info: (631) 751-3193

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See a Parade and Fireworks
Many towns on Long Island hold Independence Day parades during the day, then cap it all off with fireworks when the sun goes down. Make sure to arrive early to get a good seat and don’t forget to bring the insect repellent at night. Each town offer different events, dates, and times so check with your town’s chamber of commerce.
By Tara Arichabala

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