Even if you missed the Mermaid Parade (it was June 17, and a pretty soggy affair), there’s still plenty of reasons to head to seaside fun spot Coney Island. In addition to the Cyclone celebrating a landmark birthday (90!) with a free boffo block party, you’ll also find new rides, new eats, new art — and all the old sun and sand favorites, too. Click through to see what’s happening on, and along, the boardwalk!

Catch Some Fireworks Just Because

If you can't deal with the crush of 4th of July sparks, don’t despair! Fireworks light up the sky at Coney Island every Friday at 9:30 p.m., hosted by Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. The Cyclones also frequently end weekend games with fireworks; get the full schedule for Cyclone displays and other special events here.

  • The Coney Island History Project

What’s your favorite way to do Coney with the kids? 

—Cheryl de Jong-Lambert & Yuliya Geikhman