What to Do July 4th

by Jenni Walkowiak

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love ALL the Holidays. I love any excuse to dress for a theme, spend time with my friends and family, eat food that’s bad for me (but oh so good), and give or receive gifts. And Independence Day is no exception! Last year was my first July 4th with my boyfriend Lucas. Even though it was raining outside, we snuggled up on his roof in Bushwick and watched his neighbors fireworks while eating gummy worms.

 In a city like New York, there are no shortages of fun things to do on the Fourth of July. Here are just a few ideas to get your Independence Day plans started.

The biggest, most grand fireworks display is arguably the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show, set off from the East River starting at sundown. You can get a stunning view of the show from virtually anywhere along the East River on either the Brooklyn or Manhattan side. Bring a picnic blanket and get to Brooklyn Bridge Park early in the day to camp out the best spot for you and your family. Spaces fill up fast, but you won’t regret a second of waiting around once the show starts.


Coney Island on America’s Birthday is a great way to fill your entire day with summer fun. Stop by the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, play around in Luna Park, splash about on the beach and settle in on the boardwalk to watch the Coney Island 4th of July Fireworks show.

There are plenty of cruise options in NYC, but one in particular are the Hornblower yacht cruises. You pay one price and get to spend the evening with the best views of the fireworks without having to battle crowded lawns. Check out different cruises to find the best package for you and your family.

Maybe you’ve lived in New York a long time. Maybe the last time you went to the Empire State building was with your visiting family and you’ve sworn you’d never go again. But hear me out- imagine the best view of the entire city, views of the Macy’s Fireworks, fireworks in NJ and all the fireworks being set off in neighborhoods across all boroughs. The Empire State Building 4th of July Celebration is an exclusive, especially New York, class-A way to spend your Holiday.



No matter what you do for America’s Independence Day, we hope you’ll share with us your photos and stories! And don’t forget to wear sunscreen.