There’s a party in the USA, and its beat is best felt right in the heart of New York City. Manhattan makes the most of Independence Day with fireworks, all-day dining and party cruises into the night. Here’s your essential guide to the 4th of July in NYC.
It’s vital to start the day right with an all-American meal from our favorite eateries. Crack a red lobster at Narcissa’s lobster bake or munch on Bubby’s famous blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes (with whipped cream, please). They’ll serve you the red, blue and white energy to keep you going.
Bubby’s: 120 Hudson St; 212-219-0666
Narcissa: The Standard, 25 Cooper St; 212-228-3344
Independence Day is rich with celebration, music and food. It’s also the perfect time to brush up on American History. The Big Onion’s Celebrating American History walking tour provides a glimpse into New York’s Revolutionary Era. Kicking off at the Intersection of Broadway and Murray Street at either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., the tour is a great way of getting in some exercise while collecting dinner-table talk for later in the night.
Tickets $25 ($20 seniors, $15 full-time students). Book here.
We take our ceremonies very seriously when it comes to July 4th, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love a laugh. If you’re looking for a more unconventional Independence Day, check out IndieFest by The Peoples Improv Theatre. This full-day comedy festival is pieced together with improv performances from around New York, celebrating “America’s liberation from those rascally Brits.”
The Striker: 123 E 24th St
Full-day ticket $20 (or single shows individually priced). More information to come.
A 4th of July in Manhattan wouldn’t be complete without the annual Macy’s Fireworks display, blasting off just after 9 p.m. on the East River. Finding the perfect lookout can be a bit of a nightmare so we recommend one of the many party cruises available to board. Whether you’re celebrating with your family, best pack of friends, love of your life or just flying solo, there’s sure to be the perfect yacht for you.
Tickets range from $110 – $200 depending on yacht. Included in ticket is DJ set, food buffet and open bar. More information here.
Nothing screams ‘America’ more than a group of hungry women and men devouring hot dogs, which makes Coney Island’s annual Hot Dog Eating Contest an obvious attraction. While not technically in Manhattan catching the B train from Midtown will take you door-to-door. Beating the summer heat at Coney Island’s beach is also definitely worth highlighting.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest; Coney Island