Celebrate the 4th of July in NYC

Here is your reminder to take out anything you own with the American flag on it to celebrate — you guessed it — Independence Day!
If you are looking for things to do for this weekend’s celebration of red-white-and-blue, let us guide you. We’ve gathered a list of events to check out and things to do in New York City.

1/ Nathan’s famous international 4th of July hot dog eating contest

Nathan's 4th of July - Hot Dog eating contest

We included this event in our Top 10 events to attend in NYC this summer… I mean, need we say more? You can watch the infamous, annual hot-dog eating contest in person. Just be sure to avoid things that might block your view; and tall people, of course. Catch a glimpse of the fast eaters as they attempt to eat as many hot dogs as they can in just 10 minutes!

2/ Coney Island Beach

coney island beach

(Photo by Serge-HS)

If spending the day at the park is not your thing, why not go the beach? While you are there, you can check out the shops, get something to eat and drink or just settle in somewhere to soak in the sun. Our Brooklyn tour bus can take you to Coney Island each Tuesday, in case you intend to visit after the holiday.

3/ Macy’s 4th of July annual fireworks

2010 fireworks composite 1

(Photo by mamojo-Flickr)

Take a break out from all the hot dogs, burgers and drinks to watch the fireworks. It’s safe to say that 4th of July in New York City just wouldn’t be the same without the annual Macy’s fireworks show, also featured in one of our previous posts as one of the events you must attend during the summer in NYC; the iconic spectacle will illuminate the skies above the East River this year again.
The top viewing locations are alongside the east side of Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. If you plan to go where the action is, make sure you get there early to secure a good spot (the light show will begin at 9pm). For more, visit Macy’s fireworks.

3/ Bronx Zoo

Take a guess.....

(Image by C. Costello-Flickr)
Here’s another idea you probably didn’t think about (you’re welcome), the Bronx Zoo. They will have live Music, family friendly activities starting at 12:30 PM. No picnic but still sounds pretty cool. If you can’t make it there on the 4th of July, you can always do our Bronx tour to discover what this multi–ethnic borough has to offer.

4/ Staten Island Parade

Members of the color guard assigned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island march in a Fourth of July Parade

(Image by US Navy-Flickr)

Who doesn’t love a good parade? Catch the ferry and head over to Staten Island to watch the parade floats and dancers strut down the streets in all their American glory. The show begins at 12:30 PM. For more information, visit: Staten Island Parade

5/ Central Park Picnic

central park
Although there are plenty of daytime activities for all ages in New York City on the 4th of July, such as bike riding among many others, there’s nothing quite like a picnic in Central Park on a beautiful and sunny day.

Is there something that you enjoy doing every year on the 4th of July? Let us know in the comment section, we would love to hear about your Independence Day traditions.
Whether you are staying in or heading out for some BBQ, whatever you decide on, we wish you a happy Independence Day!