3 Festive Ways to Celebrate July 4th in New York City


fireworksMacy’s Fireworks

A New York City tradition, Macy’s annually launches over 40,000 fireworks for a 25-minute show for New Yorkers and the rest of the country to experience. While it can be overwhelming to find the perfect spot to see the radiant fireworks in real time. For the best view of the fireworks over the Manhattan skyline, some prime spots you can visit include the Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, or the lesser known Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ.

Food for thought: To get a good spot with friends or family, be sure to pack a picnic, a frisbee, and head to any one of the above places to enjoy the lights over New York City’s skyline. The Macy’s fireworks will occur on Monday, July 4th, 2016 at 8:00 pm.

Coney Island

One of the most classic symbols of American culture in the 50’s, Coney Island continues to be a main hub for everything related to summer fun. On Coney Island visitors can relax on the beach, ride the roller coaster, play some carnival games, and enjoy some classic summer foods, and head to Nathan’s to check out this establishment’s history.

Food for thought: After the day at the boardwalk, take your lawn chairs and belongings anywhere between West 10th and West 12th streets to see the fireworks in the evening (which will take place Friday at 9:30 pm).  If you are feeling adventurous, you can even  take a spin on the Wonder Wheel to get a closer glimpse of the lights in action. The beaches across Coney Island will open at 10am during the July 4th holiday weekend.


During the holiday weekend, one great way to explore the city’s pivotal mark in American history during the american revolution is to appreciate manhattan as a cultural center. Taking the water taxi is the most ideal way to see all the stunning skyscrapers in NYC without being subjected to the crowds, long lines or overly populated neighborhoods.

Many New York attractions are bike accessible so as long as you keep the lock in a safe spot. Visiting museums and restaurants is not a problem when renting a bike for the day to enjoy the holiday weekend during the 4th of July.