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Fourth of July Celebrations in New York City

By Viator, September 2013

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New York City is full of fun ways to celebrate America’s independence on July 4. To help you decide how and where you’ll enjoy the festivities, here are some suggestions.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Touted as the largest fireworks show in the United States, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are launched from the Hudson River around 9pm and are best viewed from Manhattan’s West Side along Twelfth Avenue below W. 59th Street, with an array of access points along Eleventh Avenue. Not only is this spectacular show in the sky beautiful, it’s also an important New York City tradition as Macy’s has been hosting a Fourth of July fireworks show in NYC since 1958.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Every Fourth of July, about 40,000 people head to Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island to watch professional eaters scarf down as many hot dogs as humanly possible in 10 minutes. Not only is the event entertaining, it’s also for a good cause as the company donates 100,000 hot dogs to the Food Bank of New York City. Afterward, enjoy a scenic stroll along Coney Island’s iconic boardwalk.

The Great 4th of July Festival

This free-to-enter annual festival takes place from 11am to 6pm on July 4 on Water Street from Fulton to Broad Street. Over 40,000 attendees go to enjoy patriotic entertainment, over 100 cultural exhibits, vendors selling food, merchandise, handicrafts, and live music at this enormous and festive street fair.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Families will children can enjoy a day full of themed, interactive activities. On the Fourth of July, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan will host an array of festive programming, like making State of Liberty sculptures, creating fireworks collages, mural painting, miniature skyscraper building and more. Admission into the museum is $11 for children and adults, $7 for seniors and free for members and kids under 12 months.

Fourth of July cruises, tours and experiences

On the holiday, an array of Fourth of July cruises, tours and experiences in New York City are offered. Picture scenic firework cruises, dinner buffets, special sightseeing tours, rooftop experiences and more. For an array of excursions in one, opt for the Ultimate NYC Fourth of July Experience. This includes a barbecue rooftop lunch overlooking the Hudson River, a sightseeing tour of Lower Manhattan, an evening dinner cruise and vibrant fireworks show.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, which has been closed since Superstorm Hurricane Sandy, will open by July 4, 2013. You can be sure the iconic attraction will be full of celebrating locals and visitors on America’s birthday. To read the full story check out Statue of Liberty to Reopen By July 4.

Contributed by Jessica Festa

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Viator VIP: Exclusive NYC Fourth of July Luxury Dinner Cruise

Experience New York City’s most spectacular July 4th celebration in style on this exclusive VIP dinner and fireworks cruise. Aboard one of NYC's most elegant ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $375.00

Circle Line: 4th of July Evening Cruise

3 star rating: Worth doing 66 Reviews

Make your summer in New York City extra special with this festive 4th of July Cruise! Admire the spectacular view on board as the glow of the setting sun ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.00

Ultimate NYC 4th of July Experience: BBQ Lunch, Manhattan Tour and Statue of Liberty Fireworks Cruise

You’re invited to an exclusive all-day 4th of July celebration in New York City! Enjoy a BBQ lunch at a outdoor terrace while overlooking the Broadway and ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $459.00

New York 4th of July Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Celebrate 4th July with front row seats to the famous Macy's fireworks display and a dramatic close-up look at the George Washington Bridge, illuminated ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $375.00

4th of July Fireworks Cruise in New York City

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 8 Reviews

Escape the July 4th crowds in Manhattan and take to the water for the best views of the famous Macy's fireworks display! On this 4th of July cruise, you’ll set ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.00

NYC Exclusive: July 4th Fireworks and Skyline Cruise on a Luxury Yacht

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy the most thrilling views of New York City's famous 4th of July Macy's fireworks aboard a luxury yacht! Departing from historic South Street Seaport, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $249.99

4th of July Fireworks Viewing Party on New York City's Hudson River Pier

Get your ticket to an exclusive New York City 4th of July party and enjoy a night on the town to celebrate America’s Independence Day! Head to the banks of the ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

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