The 4th of July in New York City
The 4th of July is the most American holiday and is an amazing event in America's most iconic city - New York City. The home of the Statue of Liberty has a distinct connection to America and it's patriotism, forged by the founding fathers and endured by those on September 11th, 2001. Whether it's spending the day in Central Park, Times Square or watching the night skyline bright with 4th of July fireworks, NYC delivers a patriotic experience second to none.
Where are the fireworks? The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is held on July 4th with fireworks fired from barges positioned on the East River and can be viewed from any unobstructed view of the East River in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. The show is a dazzling world-class display of professionally choreographed pyrotechnics and features a musical score made up of both classic and patriotic favorites performed by award winning artists. The event is FREE and there are no tickets sold.
Tor more information and NYC fireworks show details including times, public viewing sections, ADA/special needs viewing area, MTA, NYC Transit (including subway, train and bus), boater viewing restrictions and more, visit our Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular page.
Looking for a 4th of July Fireworks cruise in NYC? Hop aboard one of the fantastic vessels at New York Classic Harbor Line for spectacular views of the fireworks while sitting aboard an elegant schooner or yacht, as the Manhattan skyline lights up in celebration of the 4th of July. Guests are treated to an open bar of fantastic local beers, soda, wine, and champagne and passed hors d' oeuvres on several of these cruises! Don't miss out on this fantastic show! This year, "NYCTourists" have the exclusive chance to SAVE big with Classic Harbor Line! Use promo code NYC1776 and save $17.76 on every ticket!
4th of July Daytime Activities
Even though the fireworks haven't started, there are still plenty of things to do in NYC on 4th of July during the day in the warm summer weather.
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is a nearly century-long tradition held on the 4th of July in NYC.
- Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is a nearly century-old tradition held on the 4th of July in New York City on Coney Island (corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues). The world's most famous eating contest is traditionally witnessed by over 40,000 hot dog and fun lov'in spectators each year as well as over 1 million home viewers.
- Revolutionary New York Walking Tour: For history buffs and patriots alike, Big Onion Walking Tours traditionally has a tour of significant NYC landmarks from the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary New York tour hits multiple spots that have American historical significance: the graves of Alexander Hamilton, General Richard Hamilton, and spots connected to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The stop also includes the Fraunces Tavern, where a British cannonball pierced the roof in 1775. For those who really want to feel historically connected on the 4th of July, Revolutionary New York holds the key.
- A Stroll in the Park: There are numerous other day-time activities for all ages in New York on the 4th of July, and especially some sunny inexpensive options. Weather permitting, there's nothing like a picnic in Central Park, a New York treasure. One could also take a walk windowshopping in SoHo, or maybe a BBQ on any number of inviting picnic tables in Prospect Park. While in the city, the 4th of July possibilities are abundant for tourists and locals.
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