Independence Day referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation: the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies (in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States). Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
What Can I expect from that day?
Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (such as the postal service and federal courts) are closed that day. Many politicians make it a point to appear at a public event as well, in order to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and its people.
Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue; many take advantage of the day off and, in some may take a long weekend away to gather with relatives or friends. Decorations are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often held in the morning, before family get-togethers, while fireworks displays occur in the evening after dark at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.
How to celebrate this exceptional day in New York?
As mentionned above, the majority of New Yorkers will be enjoying the day outside: Central Park is one of the destination for an impromptu picnic with family and friends to later meet again in the evening to see the fireworks. The show starts around 9:00pm on the East River. Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge offer the best view of Manhattan. Also, keep in mind nearly 3 million of spectators are expected so make sure you arrive around 11:00am to score the best spot. If you do not want to wait, I invite you to explore other options to admire the fireworks below.
A wonderful cruise to admire the fireworks !
The 4th of July cruises are very trendy right now in New York. Indeed more and more people embark on board of a small boat to be near the fireworks and celebrate this national event with friends and family, while remaining away from the hurly-burly of New York. The cruise lasts for 5 hours during which you will be able to witness the best perspective of Manhattan and its skyline. To top it all, this escape includes the magic of one of the best DJs of New York. It is one wonderful moment which will remain engraved forever in your memory. If you are hungry or you wish to have a drink, there is a service bar/restaurant available in the boat. To book it, CLICK HERE
An helicopter tour
If sailing is not your thing, maybe you have the heart of a bird and air is for you!? If that’s the case, you will be thrilled by this tour which will enable you to enjoy the most exceptional sights of the city. After a takeoff above the Hudson River, you will move right towards the mythical Statue of Liberty and will be able to admire the Empire State Building and other iconic buildings of New York! If you want to make a success of your trip in New York, I strongly advise you o take this tour. To book it, CLICK HERE
If you have any question, do no hesitate to write me on Facebook!
More and more people visit a places by themselves and this trend keeps on growing through the years. What does motivate a person that can’t usually spend a weekend without his friends to take a trip somewhere on their own?
One of the main reasons is the desire to explore a place by ourselves and see how fare we can go in an unknown environment. Of course some people also leave for more personal reasons: needing some time after a breakup, a work deception etc. A little journey is always beneficial, especially if you want to start afresh with solid foundations.
Lucky for you, New York is the perfect city to be visited if you feel lonely! If you look further, you will realize it’s actually the everyday life of many New Yorkers. Here are some explanations:
Yes, New Yorkers enjoy brunch for hours with their friends on sundays, they have a drink or four with their buddies after work, they organize fest for 20 people every week but the truth is that, many of them have an individualistic life, and it’s not an insult. It’s very common when you live in a city as New York.
New Yorkers don’t count their hours at work, some of them even juggle with several jobs to be able to pay all the bills on time. Let’s not even talk about relationships! They rarely become serious as it’s very difficulty to make time for it.
The good news : It’s the perfect city if you are single! If you have the soul of Indiana Jones or a Sweet heart like Carrie Bradshaw, here are some activities you might enjoy while rediscovering yourself.
Go to a Museum
Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan was the first museum devoted to the modern era. From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, the Museum of Modern Art’s collection has grown to include over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. This unparalleled collection offers a comprehensive, panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today’s film, design and performance art. To Book a ticket, CLICK HERE
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Its collections include works of art spanning more than 5,000 years of world culture, from the splendors of ancient Egypt to contemporary works by today’s leading artists from all over the world.
Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City’s Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th to 84th Street). In addition to its world-famous collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents more than 30 special exhibitions each year, representing a wide range of artists, eras and cultures. All special exhibitions are included with admission. To Book your ticket, CLICK HERE
Le 9/11 Memorial Museum
Explore the museum at your own pace! The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers 2 main exhibitions: the historical exhibition September 11, 2001, and the memorial exhibition In Memoriam. Other Museum exhibition spaces include artistic expressions created in response to 9/11, large artifacts demonstrating the scale of the attacks, remnants from the original World Trade Center construction and recording booths in which visitors can add their personal reflections to the Museum collection. To Book it, CLICK HERE
Read a book or a biography
When traveling on your own, one has more time to do the things that they don’t usually prioritize at home. No need to wait for your girlfriends to wake up from the party they went to last night to get a head start on the day! Why not start reading a new book that will keep you entertained during your subway rides? Stories that take place only in New York obviously! Trust me, it will be fun to read the street names and places that will become familiar to you. Who knows, they could later write themselves as part of your own personal story!
No need to explain this activity, you better than me! New York has its share of many little boutiques or consignment shops that really deserve to be checked. Most of them aren’t necessarily located in Manhattan either (design doesn’t have to mean expensive). Here are 3 places to visit:
The Chelsea Market: 75, 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
The Market NYC: 218 Bedford Avenue à Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The Flea Market: 290 Mulberry St. New York, NY 10012
Listen to a Live concert
New York offers a wide range of eclectic music: Jazz, Electro, Pop Music, Gospel etc…The city holds something for everyone. My advice for you is to go to a Gospel concert at a Church in Harlem! The beautiful acapella sounds of the choir are sure to inspire and delight you. Hear their powerful voices singing songs of praise and share their experience. To book it, CLICK HERE
You can also check out Webster Hall, the electro music venue or the infamous Apollo Theater on 125th street in Harlem.
Webster Hall: 125 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
Apollo Theater: 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
Go to a Broadway Show
Broadway shows are quintessentially a New York signature. Go to the theater district near Times Squares and see for yourself! You won’t be able to miss all the billboards promoting the best shows of the moment: The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Matilda… It may be difficult to get a ticket for a reasonable price so don’t hesitate to contact us, we can help you find a good deal!
Have a drink and meet new people
It’s not because you are on your own that you shouldn’t go for a drink at a bar or enjoy a meal at a restaurant! On the contrary, don’t hesitate to have a sit at the counter of a bar and start a conversation with the bartender and locals ! Traveling solo makes it easier to meet people as you appear more approachable to talk to than if you were with your own group of friends. True story! Smile and the whole world smiles with you!
Few places I recommend for you:
City Winery: 55 Varick St, New York, NY 10013
Bar Bolonat: 611 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Harlem Public: 3612 Broadway, New York, NY 10031
Tribeca Tavern: 247 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Go see a movie
Okay, you have watched movies in a theater before but in New York some theaters are really unique! For example, the Ipic Theater allows you to enjoy your movie and order dinner! I am not talking about Pop Corn or Nachos, it’s about real meals, served by a waitress. The experience is tasty and entertaining at the same time!
Adress: 11 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038
There are few other theaters as lovely:
Sunshine Cinema: 143 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
AMC Lincoln: 1998 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
AMC Empire : 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
” ♪ ♫ Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be ♪ ♫”
“♪ ♫ Just a dream and the wind to carry me ♪ ♫”
“♪ ♫ And soon I will be free ♪ ♫” Ok I stop now 😉
I don’t know if it’s the case for you but every time I have made a big decision, it has always been facing the sea! The special connection with the ocean, the noise and scents of waves make you feel relaxed. So, from time to time, treating yourself to a little cruise here in New York can’t possibly be such a bad idea! From the little boat that brings you around the Statue of the Liberty to the giant sailboat that will give you the best perspective of New York’s skyline, the city has got it covered. To book it, CLICK HERE
Simply explore the city
New York is a city you can explore on your feet and thanks to transportation. It’s actually an excellent way to conquer the Big Apple and to get lost there. I will suggest you to start from the center of Manhattan and to go with the flow. North, South, East, West, like Christopher Colombus to the quest of Manhattan ! Don’t forget your GPS though…
Some Safety information for you:
New York City is a very safe city (a woman can travel on her own) however, you should pay close attention to certain things, one is never too careful in a foreign city/country:
Stay in the center of New York City by night
Avoid hotels that are located above 125th street
Download the “UBER” app just in case you really need to get out quickly from the place you are.
Be careful taking the subway, during rush time there is sometimes confusion with the commotion
If you have any question, don’t hesitate to write me a message!
How I always say a successful trip is a well organized trip! Scammers are everywhere and I hate to be taken for an idiot. I now know New York very well and it’s my pleasure to tell you what you should avoid while enjoying your trip !
At the airport
Don’t get into a gipsy cab (black car), those drivers are expecting the perfect fool. Some of them are indeed without scruples and will not hesitate to ask you $200 to $400 once arrived at your destination!Yellow cabs respect the official city rate which is approximately $75, tip included). For your information, Harlem Spirituals offers a large range of transportation service. Some of them include a private driver that will wait for you outside the airport : no stress, no wait, no inconvenience ! To book this service with us,CLICK HERE
Buy and walk in touristic places
Do not buy electronic products or cellphones in stores located toward Times Square. Very often, they are poor quality products and when you realize it, it’s too late, you are already back in your city/country.
Some shops, most of them near Broadway, sell national phone cards at the price of international cards. They are obviously much expensive and useless for you if you want to call your family and friends from your country.
When you pay with your credit card in a restaurant or any other business dealing with the service aspect, don’t forget to write the tip you want to leave. If you let it empty, the server or any other employee can fill it for you …
In Times Square or Soho, while you ll be walking around, you ll certainly meet young musicians acting with you like you guys have been friends forever. They will try to put on your hands their last CD/album. Don’t forget they expect money from you. So if you feel charitable that day, feel free to give them whatever you can, otherwise do not pay attention to them !
In the High Line and other touristic places, you may meet false buddhist monks. Basically, they offer “piece of paper full of wisdom”. They smile and look inoffensive, but they ask you for money. This phenomenon have obliged the town hall to set up information boards everywhere to inform tourists of these scammers.
Hotel, housing and public behavior
If you are staying in an hotel and your booking does not include breakfast, don’t order it on the spot. Most of the time, it’s more expensive than having breakfast outisde the hotel and on the top of bit you get to try different meals.
In New York, drinking booze in public is formally prohibited. If you get caught by the police, they will make sure you’ll regret it, not even talking about the huge fine you will get.
In a less glamour note, if you feel like you need to pee, my advice to you is do not do it in public nor against a wall, it’s consider like a degradation of public goods. The police officers will be pitiless.
Do not get Pedicabs randomly in the streets of New York, the rates which they give to tourists are excessively expensive. Harlem Spirituals offers similar activities like biking on the Brooklyn Bridge! To book it with us, CLICK HERE
If you have a drink in a bar, the tip is not included and as I already said, therefore do not hesitate to ask your change and leave a tip by yourself (for a beer or a soda or a cocktail, leave between 1 and 2 dollars).
In Times Square, if you decide to take a picture with Batman or Mickey Mouse, don’t forget that the guy behind this costume expects a tip… Some of them can become very aggressive if you forget to pay them…
If you rent a house or an apartment, do not send money or at least be very careful, there are a lot of scammers online. Choose a well-known website like Airbnb or Vrbo or Homeaway.
If you have questions, do not hesitate to comment on this article or to write me on Facebook.
New York is a magic city! Its gigantic avenues, its high buildings, its various districts offer the feeling to be with the crossroads of the world! Times Square, Central Park, Soho, Meatpacking, West Village, all these districts deserve to be explored in order to get the spirit of the Big Apple. There is always something to discover !
To manage perfectly your adventure, you might want wearing running shoes and get a metrocard! Easy, it is what would comes to mind to each of us but have you thought of experiencing a different side of New York : Exploring the city in the luxury of your own private stretch limousine. This VIP option will enable you see unique views of the city. We live only once so why not!?
The star of New York is You !
Who said you deserve to be treated like a star?! There are multiple formulas for a large range of prices and each one of them has the merit to offer the services of a private driver who will join you in this adventure. You need to know that you can decide of the itinary you want to follow, but your private driver will give its best advice to make sure the trip is a success. You have a true expert of the roads with you and it’s priceless 😉
Imagine one second yourself on board of this Dream limo, dazzled by the magic lights of the buildings around you. Do you plan a romantic night with your lover? Do you need to celebrate a birthday or a special occasion, all the excuses are great to offer yourself a little treat! The limo can embark 5 people max!
A wonderful & customized tour
Of course, you can of course customize your trip by choosing your background music and celebrating the evening with the best champagne E tutti quanti!
My advise to you : At least make a a stop on the Brooklyn Bridge to admire the panoramic view of Manhattan. An unforgettable memory fits forever in your American adventure.
Harlem Spirituals offers 3 excellent formulas for you
We take pride in our work! Every tour we offer in our website is conducted seriously and rigourously. Our expertise in the industry started 30 years ago and it is our commitment to make you live the best with us. It’s always a success!
Private Tour with champagne, dinner in a mythical Jazz Club
Experience a night out in New York City in style! Sit back, relax, and sip on champagne, while you explore NYC in the luxury of your own private stretch limo. After the tour, enjoy dinner and live swing jazz at one of New York’s best jazz clubs. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!Explore NYC on a two-hour private stretch limo tour. See Manhattan’s famous sights with you own personal guide
Enjoy dinner and live swing jazz at one of New York’s best jazz clubs.
Experience one of New York’s best evening tours in a luxurious super-stretch limousine with champagne, a feast and jazz show at a famous NYC jazz club! When the sun goes down, the lights go up as you tour past Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue and many other locations. The tour departs from your hotel in Manhattan, where a local New York City tour guide will greet you. The itinerary follows Midtown and the hip Meatpacking District, New York City’s newest and trendiest neighborhood! As you are driven through Manhattan in your luxurious limousine, you will see New York’s nightlife and beautiful illuminations! After your two-hour tour, you will be taken to one of the famous NYC jazz clubs where you will enjoy dinner and a fantastic live swing jazz show. The perfect way to spend an evening in the City That Never Sleeps!
Price : $90 per person if 5 people are on board or $446
Experience the City’s lights in VIP style! Sit back, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and enjoy the sights. Your tour begins when we pick up your party at your hotel location in your very own private stretch limousine. Discover NYC on a two hour private stretch limo tour. See the City’s famous sights with your own personal guide. Enjoy complimentary champagne along the way.
Our deluxe private vehicles with tour guide will pick up guests from their lobby and treat them to customized itineraries including tours of Manhattan, Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Travelers can select the neighborhood, theme and duration of the tour. Private tours are available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese.
Enjoy an amazing experience in VIP style! Tour the City in your own private stretch limousine with your own personal navigator to guide you. Sit back, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and take in the Big Apple like a star! Discover NYC on a three-hour private stretch limo tour. See the City’s famous sights with your own personal guide. Enjoy complimentary champagne along the way.
Your private tour of the City begins with direct pick-up from your hotel. Your personal guide will then show you around town, where you will see famous NYC neighborhoods, landmarks and attractions, including West Village, SoHo, TriBeCa, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the World Financial Center, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Heights Promenade and many more! You will have the opportunity to get out at most locations along the way to explore and take photos.
Central Park is located in the heart of Manhattan. It is one of the most mythical places in New York. Jogging, picnic, rides with bicycle, all is allowed in this gigantic garden which extends from the 59th to the 110th Street. Let’s go for a personalized tour!
The green lung of Big Apple
Space was arranged but one also finds there parts of nature that have remained wild. Central Park accommodates more than 35 million of visitors per year it increases every year.
Throughout the year, the park offers a great diversity of tourist sites and activities. In short, one is never bored there! As indicated previously, Central Park offers multiple sites to be visited. You may not be able to discover it all on your first visit, this is why I have selected “the best of the best“ for you!
The unmissable of Central Park
Great Lawn (from the 79e to the 86e street – West Side)
It’s a green space of the park which has the characteristic to count many grounds of baseball and playgrounds. In summer, many events are organized there: projection of films in open air, gigantic picnic, “white dinner” etc
Strawberry Fields: Remain of John Lennon (from the 71rst to the 74th street – West Side)
Strawberry Fields is a monument in memory of John Lennon and a symbol of peace. It was inaugurated at the exact place where the famous singer used to talk his walk. Every day, the fans of John Lennon lay there flowers, poems and candles to pay him homage.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Réservoir (from the 85th to the 96th street – West Side)
In 1994, this Tank was renamed “Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir” in honour of the latter which was accustomed to practising the race with feet there. It is one of the places most attended by the runners.
Madagascar at Central Park! (From the 63rd to the 66th street – East side)
The zoo of Central Park is in the south-east of Central Park. It is managed by Wildlife Society Conservation. One can visit a tropical greenhouse, see polar bears and otaries. It preserves animal species in danger such as the tamarin, the clamping plate of Wyoming or the small panda. Most large animals were transferred to the zoo from Bronx.
The place was popularized thanks to films such as The Wild and Madagascar and especially, the series derived “the Penguins from Madagascar”. Opening hours: In winter from 13:00pm to 4:30, in summer of 10:00am at 5:00pm and the weekend of 10:00am to 5:30pm.
The Belvedere Castle (79th street, in the center of the park)
“Belvedere” means in italian “beautiful view”. This castle with uncommon architecture was built at the top of the Vista Rock, which is a 450 millions years old rock! Until the Sixties, this place sheltered the buildings of the weather observatory of New York. Today, the place is especially snuffed by the romantic ones.
Sheep Meadow (from the 66th to the 69th street – West Side)
Sheep Meadow is an old pasture with sheep (which justifies its name). It is the place of relaxation “par excellence” at Central Park. During the summer time, visitors get sun baths every day.Since this lawn, you will be able to benefit from a spectacular sight on scrapes-ciels surrounding the park.
Shakespeare Garden (79th and 80th street – West Side)
The Shakespeare Garden is a real tribute to Shakespeare’s work. It counts many trees and a special mulberry tree which one says that it was put out of ground by Shakespeare himself in 1602.
The garden is located near the Delacorte Theater where many plays take place between May and August. Thus, celebrities such Al Pacino, Mery Streep or Natalie Portman already worked there. The free tickets are limited. If you absolutely want to try the experience ,you will have to be armed with your patience (queue: approximately 3h)
The Bethesda Terrace (On 72nd street)
The Bethesda Terrace was drawn like the heart of Central Park. The staircases offer a marvellous lake view and on the Great Lawn. For the music enthusiasts, you need to know that many travelling artists choose to occur there because the place presents amazing acoustics naturalness. In the middle of the place, there is the Bethesda Fountain called Angel of the Toilets. The four cherubs being located below the angel represent the virtues: Temperance, Purity, Prosperity and Peace.
Some practical information to visit Central Park like a pro!
From the end of October to March, two ice rinks are installed in Central Park: The Wollman Rink (entertaining skating rink) and The Lasker Rink (for the hockey). If deep in your heart, you feel like a Chris Creveling, you should absolutely do it!
Wollman Rink: 59th Street and 6th avenue
Lasker Rink: West Side, 110th Street
3 best ways to discover Central Park
You can obviously discover the park by walk, but there are also other options for you. let’s find out together which way would be best for you.
1) Ride a bicycle!
I think the best to discover Central Park is by bicycle. My advise for you is to book your bicycle a few days in advance especially if you have a family. Keep an eye on the road, there are professional runners police officers and horses!
Price: Approximately $30 dollars per person fo 90 minutes
Harlem Spirituals is happy to make an exceptional offer for our readers: “Central Park Bike rental for 2 hours” is only 22 dollars. if you want to book it with us, CLICK HERE
Velotaxi/VeloTour is a very interesting activity if one wishes to ride a bike accompanied by a guide. Indeed, it’s great to get funny anecdotes about New York and Central Park while keeping a certain independence. It will cost you $60 per hour for an adult and $50 for a kid. As for Velicabs, which, obviously is very snuffed by the tourists, it makes it possible to discover the park under a different angle. Note that the pedicab can carry only 2 people maximum.
Prince: approximately $130 per hour.
3) Romance in Horse Carriage
Have you ever dreamt to rent a horse carriage in Central Park? it’s totally possible, Love Story guaranteed! Indeed, it’s an unforgettable experiment. You will be able to discover the innumerable bridges, fountains and statues of Central Park. This activity is a true privileged moment. Family, friends or even only for yourself! it is a single way to explore one of the most famous parks in the world. A blanket will be offered to you to warm you up.
Price: Between $180 and $220 for 45 minutes. If you book it with our agency, you get the lowest price because we have privileged partnerships.
Harlem Spirituals offers this tour for $150 (4 people). if you want to book it with us, CLICK HERE.
That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed our Central Park tour! If you have tang question about New York and its secret, do not hesitate to write me a message on Facebook or to come say hi to your office/boutique localized near Times Square.