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July 4th Events in NYC

A hot dog eating contest, walking tours, concerts and more on July 4th


Looking for fun activities to do on July 4th? Check out this list great ways to enjoy the 4th of July in NYC.

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1. South Street Seaport PIER/PARTY

South Street Seaport will have a whole day of activities to celebrate the fourth, and a great view of the fireworks when they go off at 9:20. Starting at noon, there will be face painting and balloons for the kids and live music performances throughout the day.

2. July 4th Fire Works at Sonny's Soda Shoppe

View from Sonny's Soda Shoppe

Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks from Sonny's Soda Shoppe atop of SoHo Mondrian Hotel. Tickets are $175 and include two hours of complimentary peroni and rose, pizzas and gelato from 4-6 p.m. before the fireworks that begin at 9:20 p.m.

3. Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

At noon at Nathan's on Coney Island, watch as contestants compete to consume the most hot dogs. Those who want a good view of the contest are encouraged to arrive by 11 a.m.

4. Revolutionary New York Walking Tour

Join Big Onion Walking Tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a walking tour of sites related to the Revolutionary War in Lower Manhattan. Fraunces Tavern, the graves of Alexander Hamilton and General Richard Montgomery, and Federal Hall are among the sites featured on the tour. Admission: Adults $20, Seniors & Students $15. Meet at the intersection of Broadway and Murray Street, at gated entrance to City Hall Park.

5. Fourth of July at Sky Room

4th of July Fireworks from the Skyroom
Courtesy of the Skyroom
Watch the fireworks from New York City's highest rooftop lounge. Tickets start at $100 and include five hours of open bar (6-11 p.m.), as well as a Fourth of July Picnic with burgers, pigs in a blanket, Buffalo chicken tenders and chips.

6. Pre-Fireworks Presidential Greenwich Village and Gramercy Park

A historical walking tour with NYC Discovery Walking Tours with stops at places associated with some early presidents, including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Wilson and Washington. Stops include the Washington Square Arch and Theodore Roosevelt's birthplace. 5 PM tour ends at the highway at 7:30 PM in time to secure a spot for Fourth of July Fireworks viewing.

Date & Time: July 4, 2014 at 2:30 & 5 p.m.
Cost: $18
Reservations & Meeting Place: 212-465-3331

7. Spend The Fourth of July on Coney Island!

Wonder Wheel on Coney Island
Heather Cross
Looking for a single all-day destination for July 4th? Consider heading to Coney Island where you can spend the entire day enjoying everything from swimming and hot dog eating contests to a dance party and fireworks.


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