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Celebrating July 4th in New York City

Whether you're looking for fireworks, cruises or something else, NYC has it!


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.

1. Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in New York City

Fourth of July Fireworks
Courtesy of Macy's, Inc.

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.

2. Fourth of July Cruises

Circle Line with Statue of Liberty in Background
Courtesy of Circle Line

One great way to experience New York City's phenomenal fireworks is from a sightseeing cruise in the New York Harbor. Check out these 4th of July cruises to get an unobstructed view of the fireworks. Be sure to book in advance to ensure a spot on your favorite cruise, and be on time for boarding.

3. More Fourth of July Events

4th of July Fireworks from the Skyroom
Courtesy of the Skyroom

Looking for some other ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in New York City? Whether you want to see the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, attend a fireworks viewing party, enjoy a holiday walking tour or see a concert, we've got some great ideas for celebrating the holiday.

4. What's Open on the Fourth of July

Governors Island
Courtesy of Governors Island

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:

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