America’s Independence Day is celebrated all throughout the United States on July 4th, but nowhere are the celebrations as good as they are in New York City. The renowned fireworks show is not the only thing drawing crowds to wish America a happy birthday in the Big Apple. Events surround the holiday and here are a few worth checking out during this NYC vacation. The Statue of Liberty is reopening after Hurricane Sandy, the hot dogs are just waiting to be scarfed down once again and the historic sights are always here to be marveled at. NYCTourist.com announces some of the top things to do in New York City on 4th of July weekend.
Macy’s Fireworks Over the River
Of course, they are the main event on the night of July 4th. Watch the nation’s most amazing pyrotechnics show with the concept, music and design curated for the first time by an outsource- Usher. They will launch from 6 barges over the Hudson. There will be various places to watch the display which spans from West 24th to West 50th Streets. A few of the best views for a price are from the Intrepid, Sea, Air, and Space Museum, the Empire State Building, and the Hudson Terrace. Or, watch from the street for free.
- Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra Present The Riverboat Ball! Dance, drink and dine this 4th of July aboard a genuine riverboat in New York City! Enjoy the unrivaled views of the Macy's 4th of July fireworks as champagne is flowing and the hottest 1920's jazz entertainment keeps the party going!
Statue of Liberty Reopening
The famous National Monument has been closed since it was damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Witness its reopening on July 4th! It’s been closed for 8 months so this is a special day that will make New York City truly whole again. Plan a visit during this vacation to appreciate what the statue really stands for. The Statue of Liberty can be seen from afar from many places in the city, and even on one of the fantastic NYC sightseeing cruises! 4th of July is a great time to hop aboard one of these cruises to see Lady Liberty and the rest of the beautiful Manhattan skyline. For an extra special trip this holiday weekend though, book one of the July 4th Fireworks Cruises.
- Circleline Sightseeing is offering a chance to enjoy the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular aboard one of their fun vessels that will host a live DJ with dancing.
- Classic Harbor Lineis also hosting 4th of July Fireworks cruises aboard the Schooner America 2.0, Schooner Adirondack and the Yacht Manhattan. A complimentary open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and fantastic skyline views make these cruises a fantastic choice for an unforgettable evening. Use the promo code NYC1776 and receive $17.76 off the ticket for the 4th of July Fireworks Cruise.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
A tradition established in 1916, this hot dog eating contest is a huge crowd-pleaser. Coney Island is fun enough to visit but at noon on July 4th competitors will have 10 minutes to eat as many of Nathan’s hot dogs as they can.
For history buffs or those who want to learn a little more about the day so important to our country’s history. Big Onion Walking Tours offers a tour that highlights significant landmarks around New York City from the Revolutionary War. See the beautiful city and freshen up those patriotic facts.