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What To Do: 4th of July in NYC

So, you happen to live in NYC and didn’t get out to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore for the 4th of July ~ or happen to be visiting the Big Apple on Independence day; don’t fret.

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Here is list of my favorite family oriented NYC summer activities to celebrate the holiday;

{1} NYC Fireworks. The obvious one, the spectacular fireworks, which Macy’s hosts every year are a site to see. They begin after sunset, usually around 8:30 -9:00 PM. This year, 2019, they will be on the lower east side, south of the Brooklyn Bridge. Aside from on television, there are a number of locations in which you can catch the show, both in Manhattan and Brooklyn for free.

You’ll most likely have the best views of the Macy’s firework show from:

{2} Cruise View of the Fireworks.   This is a unique way to view the fireworks. There are several cruise lines that have made it their mission to provide the perfect experience for you, but you will need to reserve ASAP, as they tend to sell out or ticket prices sky rocket the closer the date. With a cruise, you can enjoy a relaxed viewing with a fantastic view of New York’s skyline, food/ snacks, drinks and most importantly, the fireworks!

{3} Day at the Beach. Of course, you can head out to the Jersey Shore or Long Island for a day on the beach and hurry back to the city for the Macy’s firework show, however many beaches are as well hosting their own, smaller version of firework shows.

{4} Picnic at any of NYC’s amazing parks. Pack (or buy) a lunch and head to your nearest park for a day on the lawn, family games/ sports, sun bathing, etc.

A few of my favorite parks would be:

{5} Shop! Shop! Shop! There will be a number of sales happening for the 4th; you can spend the day in Soho taking advantage of those holiday savings.


{6} South Street Seaport Annual Freedom Fest. This is a ticketed event located at Pier 15. It runs from 5:00- 11:00 PM and general admission includes food, 5 hour open bar, music and one of the best views of the Macy’s fireworks. Open to all ages. You can find tickets here.

Have any other ideas of how to spend the 4th of July in NYC, please do share in the comments below.


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