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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. Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks® Viewing Party

4th of July Fireworks at the Intrepid
Avoid the crowds lining 12th Avenue and head to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for a comfortable spot to view the fireworks. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 9:20 p.m. fireworks display. Tickets are $175-225/person, depending on the package you choose, but all tickets include burgers, hot dogs, salad, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available. Find out about the available options and secure your reservations on the Intrepid's website.

2. July 4th Private Pier Party

World Yacht Pier
Courtesy of World Yacht

Watch the Fourth of July fireworks from the Circle Line and World Yacht piers along the Hudson River. Tickets are $94-104/person and food and drink will be available for purchase.

3. Fireworks Viewing Party at the Hudson Terrace

Experience the 4th of July fireworks from the Hudson Terrace from 6:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Tickets include open bar from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and BBQ, all with a great view of the Hudson River from the rooftop bar. Tickets start at $165/person for general admission, but reserved seating starts at $260/person, not including tax and gratuity.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Revolutionary New York Walking Tour

Join Big Onion Walking Tours at 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.

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