Calling All Runners: Celebrate Fourth of July With One of These Road Races

Get a run in before you start partying.

Celebrate Independence Day with a road race.  (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Celebrate Independence Day with a road race. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Fireworks, barbecues, consuming ungodly amounts of summery cocktails—traditions abound when it comes to celebrating America’s independence.

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Another growing tradition is road races, held on or around the Fourth of July. From an “Independence Day 5K” in Plymouth, MA to a “Four on the Fourth” four-miler in New Canaan, CT, there are plenty of ways to celebrate July 4th with a healthy dose of distance running, no matter where you’re spending your holiday weekend.

Below, we’ve catalogued races in and around NYC whose registrations are still open. Lace up those sneakers and dig up your best red, white and blue workout attire.

New York City

Rockaway Brewery Running Tour—Long Island City, July 4, $45

Okay, this one’s less of a race—or not a race at all, to be fair—but rather a four-mile “running tour” through Long Island City, Queens. The route takes runners by landmarks like MoMA PS1, Silvercup Studios and the Socrates Sculpture Park, as well as along the waterfront, with beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline. Best of all, the run finishes up at the Rockaway Brewery, where participants get a complimentary beer. Sounds like a good way to start your Fourth of July festivities.

The Hamptons

Firecracker 8K—Southampton, July 5, $25 before July 4, $30 on race day

This 8K race on Sunday morning, July 5, is the perfect way to detox after a crazy Fourth of July. Proceeds from the race benefit the Southampton Rotary Scholarship Fund.


Pound Ridge 5K—Pound Ridge, July 3, $15

Right near the border of New York and Connecticut, this 5K race winds through the gorgeous town of Pound Ridge. An added bonus? As you run, you can keep an eye out for notable town residents Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

Independence Run—Akron, July 3, $20 before June 26, $25 after

Not a fan of early morning wake-ups? This 5K race in Akron, NY takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 3—the perfect way to celebrate the end of a hectic work week.

New York State

Findley Lake Nature Center 5 Mile Race—Lakewood, July 4, $27.50

For those who love nature, this scenic five-miler in Lakewood, NY, is for you. The route takes runners on a lap of picturesque Findley Lake, and all proceeds from the race benefit the Findley Lake Nature & Wildlife Education Center.

Firecracker 5K/10K—Cranberry Lake, July 4, $25

Way up near the U.S./Canadian border in Cranberry Lake, runners can take part in either a 5K or 10K race on the morning of Independence Day. All profits from the race are donated to the Cranberry Lake Community Improvement Fund, which funds local projects.


Four on the Fourth—New Canaan, July 4, $14.50 online, $17 by mail or race week, $20 on race day

For the 33rd year in a row, the lovely town of New Canaan, CT will be hosting Four on the Fourth: a four-mile run in honor of Independence Day. The site advises that facilities are “extremely limited,” so come ready to start running.

Boom Box Mile—Willimantic, July 4, $10

Don’t want something overly taxing? This quick one-mile race on the morning of the Fourth is definitely for you. For those in need of an extra motivational boost, the Boom Box Mile features a “Firefighter Challenge,” wherein are firefighters complete the race clad in helmets and full gear.


Independence Day 5K—Plymouth, July 4, $25 for pre-registration, $30 on race day

To celebrate America’s history, head out to Plymouth, home of the colony founded by pilgrims onboard the Mayflower. For the second year in a row, the historic U.S. town is hosting a 5K race. Last year’s debut event boasted 700 sign-ups, and and the website promises they’re coming back this year “in a big way.”

Murdick’s Run the Chop Challenge—Vineyard Haven, July 4, $20 for pre-registration, $25 on race day 

For those spending their Fourth of July weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, start off your holiday with a five-mile road race. Sponsored by Murdick’s Fudge, the race raises money for the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club.

Firecracker 5K—Nantucket, July 4, $25

Worry not, Nantucketers, there’s a Fourth of July race for you, too. The 5K trail goes from the Nantucket Health Club to Monomy and back, and promises an $100 cash prize to the first-place male and female participants.

Calling All Runners: Celebrate Fourth of July With One of These Road Races