Events | Fourth of July in the City

Each year, Americans around the country gather on July 4th to celebrate the birth of our nation. Without a doubt, everyone’s favorite Independence Day pastime is watching fireworks, and New York City offers that and so much more. These top 5 picks for spending the holiday in the city are sure to spark your patriotic pride as you give three cheers for the red, white, and blue!

1. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Easy River display

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New York’s iconic skyline will ignite with an explosion of color and light at Macy’s 41st annual fireworks display over the East River. Some of the nation’s greatest musical acts, including country music artist Craig Campbell and Grammy and Tony Award winner Heather Headley, will take part in this year’s festivities, which will be broadcast live on NBC at 8:00pm ET. With terrific Manhattan views, the best vantage point for catching this year’s festivities is undoubtedly Brooklyn Bridge Park, so get there early and claim your spot!

2. 4th of July in Coney Island

Luna Park

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Brooklyn’s famed Coney Island celebrates our nation’s birthday with a fireworks show right on the beach, offering a fun and less crowded alternative to the Macy’s display. Other activities include Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and the New York Aquarium.

3. Midsummer Night Swing

Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center

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Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park lights up on July 4th for an evening of music and dance. The annual al fresco dance-a-thon celebrates the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and other jazz greats with David Oswalt’s Eternity Band. Get ready to dance the night away by coming early and taking a free Lindy Hop class. Tickets begin at $17.

4. LIC Flea and Food

5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City

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This free, open-air bazaar in Long Island City offers retro wares, antiques, delicious eats, and stunning views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline. Enjoy wood-smoked barbecue and libations from the all-Queens beer and wine garden while you watch the firework displays light up the sky!

5. Travis Parade

PS 26, Staten Island

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Now in its 107th year, Staten Island’s Travis Parade is an old-school American celebration of patriotism. This year’s march will be led by Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick, kicking off with a ceremony at noon in front of PS 26. Be sure to join in the festivities, rain or shine!