A truly American holiday, July 4th is also known as Independence Day. Independence Day commemorates the signing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which gave the colonies independence from Great Britain.
Independence Day is a federal holiday and Americans typically celebrate: fireworks, barbeques, and parades are common throughout the United States.
Although many New Yorkers skip town for the Fourth of July, New York City hosts truly impressive Fourth of July fireworks, as well as a number of other events to commemorate the holiday.
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks display is the largest in the United States and each year they deliver a truly spectacular display of fireworks. The fireworks are launched from the Brooklyn Bridge and three barges in the lower East River and are visible from downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as broadcast live on TV.
4. What's Open on the Fourth of July
Since the Fourth of July is a federal holiday, the government, most businesses, post offices and banks will be closed. In New York City, most stores, restaurants and bars will be open. As far as New York City attractions go, most will be open, including: