Fourth of July Celebrations in New York City
By Viator, September 2013
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