Where to spend July 4th in New York

Today’s guest post was written by Jane Shelley.

Every year American’s celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, and there are many cities across the US which put on a great show for the celebrations, but none can compare to New York City. There are countless activities going on across the city on the big day including music, fireworks, and even a hot dog eating contest! Here are a list of some activities you may want to check out this year if you’re spending July 4th in the Big Apple.

The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks


If there is one event to see on July 4th in New York, make it the Macy’s fireworks. This is so much more than just pyrotechnics. While not as world renowned as the New Year’s Eve festivities, this event is similar in scale, with numerous musical acts and a famous guest host each year. This year’s event MC will be actor and musician, Nick Cannon, while Usher has directed the festivities. More than 40,000 fireworks will dance across the sky as a hand-picked score plays in the background.

Fourth of July Dinner Cruise


A truly memorable way to see the city is to take a cruise along the Hudson and East River. It is even better if combined with the night-time views of the metropolis, a gourmet dinner and front row view of the Macy’s Fireworks. There are a myriad of operators that provide cruises on Independence Day, such as the Circle Line Downtown Tour.

The Statue of Liberty


One of the most famous monuments in the United States, the Statue of Liberty has been open intermittently over the last decade. On this Independence Day, the statue will return to regular opening hours. Those looking to ascend to the crown will need to make a reservation because only a certain amount of people are allowed up each day. There is no landmark more representative of the meaning behind Independence Day than this beautiful French gift to North America, so it is a wonderful place to captivate your imagination.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest


There is a lot going on out at Coney Island for the Fourth of July, but the main event will be the hot dog eating competition put on by this legendary hot dog vendor. Not for the faint of heart or stomach, but certainly an unforgettable sight – why not enter into the competition if you think you have what it takes?

Photo credits: Randy Lemoine, Andrew Currie, Ludovic Bertron, A Strakey


One Response to “Where to spend July 4th in New York”

  1. Claire says:

    Great tips! It’s a shame I won’t be in New York this year for 4th of July, but maybe next year…


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