Celebrating Like It Is 1776: Fiestah’s Guide to 4th of July in NYC

Just because 4th of July is on a Wednesday this year does’t mean you can’t celebrate like it’s 1776. Although Independence Day is normally associated with picnics, cookouts and fireworks within the comforting confines of the suburbs, there are still great Independence Day events happening in the urban jungle of New York City.


Fireworks are better when they are illuminating the city skyline. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks is more than a grand spectacle. Not only can you see the fireworks from any area with an unobstructed view of the Hudson River, but there are also concerts. This year’s performers are Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. Make sure to claim your spots before sunset. Also, here is a great list of the best and worst places to go to see the fireworks.

There is no tradition like Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. Even if you can’t watch groups of men and women test their gastrointestinal limits, you can still catch the show on ESPN.

Ahh, Prospect Park. Probably the only location in the city that doesn’t feel like the city. With its towering trees it is hard to even see the skyline. Prospect Park is a great location for a 4th of July family picnic and they even have special Independence Day events to keep you educated and entertained. Don’t forget to catch their 4th of July weekend concerts too!

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