Every year, there is a large July 4 fireworks show at nearby Orchard Beach. Hundreds of boats typically gather in the harbor to view the show.
On the evening of January 24, 2003, four local boys, 15 and 16 years old, were killed when their 8 foot dinghy sank in City Island Harbor. The boys placed a short phone call to 9-1-1 but no action was taken due to insufficient information. In any case, given the frigid water temperature (estimated to be in the 20s F), it is unlikely they would have survived long enough for help to arrive. All four bodies were found in the harbor in the early spring.