2018 Fourth of July in NYC

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July is just around the corner; you know what that means- America’s 242nd birthday is almost here! Have a very cheery 4th of July this summer in New York City while celebrating America’s Independence with friends and families, cookouts, cruises, beaches, rooftop parties and fireworks. Check out what you can find in NYC to complete your festive day full of red, white, and blue.

Fireworks, a July 4th Classic

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The Fourth of July would not be complete without a grand fireworks show. Every year in New York City, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are a must-see light show above the city. This year the show is accompanied by superstar Kelly Clarkson singing her rendition of “God Bless America” featured by West Point Band Glee Club. The most recommended location to watch these firecrackers explode (both the light show and the voices) is from the East River in NYC, but you can find the perfect viewing based on your NYC neighborhood location.

Beach Festivities

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Take the festivities to the beach at one of many hosted Fourth of July beach party events. Bring your friends and family over to Coney Island for a day and night long spirited event. If you can stomach it, come out for the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, and stay for the 4th of July Firework Spectacular to watch the light show from the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Riis Park Beach Bazaar is also an option, where you will find a great selection of food, live music and shopping. Spend your Fourth at Jacob Riis National Park for a sunny day of drinking, music, and fun with friends.

Relaxing Picnic

Go for a morning waterfront bike ride, then spend the afternoon with friends and family by having a pot-luck styled picnic in Central Park

Rooftop Parties

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Many people decide to hit up a rooftop bar on Fourth of July night for the most unobstructed views of the fireworks show, and many rooftop bars throughout the city host exclusive, ticket-only, open-bar and endless party events to host the greatest Fourth of July party. Enjoy a four hour open bar at The Penthouse at Hotel on Rivington, or hit up the Fourth of July Rooftop Party at the PHD Lounge at the Dream Downtown for incredible views, signature cocktails, and lively DJ’s. Take a look at our custom-made list of rooftop recommendations to help you decide where you want to spend your evening. Have a special liking for rooftop lounges and bars? Or if you want a more complete NYC experience, join our Rooftop and Speakeasy Tour and see the best of New York’s Nightlife with a local (the tour is unfortunately not available on July 4th)

4th of July Cruises

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Escape the crowds and spend your night on a July 4th Fireworks Cruise. Dance the night away on the Hudson River, where you will experience the best views of the light show. From 5:00pm to 10:00pm you will have nonstop music, bar service and enough time to create enjoyable memories. Get all of your friends and family on board this summer and experience Fourth of July aboard the Circle-Line Cruise!


If you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com or contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com.



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