4th of July Events and Things To Do With Your Family

4th of July Events and Things To Do With Your Family

Independence Day in New York City offers some fun events. After all we have the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks, the Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island, Luna Park at Coney Island, the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks, NYC Harbor Cruise and more…

Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the New York City Explorer Pass. See all available passes and New York attractions – Learn more.

Macy’s will launch over 40,000 fireworks for a 25-minute show. For the best view of the fireworks over the Manhattan skyline, head to Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, or Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ.

The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

statue-of-liberty-ellis-island-ferryThere’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than visiting one of the most iconic symbol of American freedom. Liberty Island, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty stand for freedom from oppression. Statue of Liberty Ferry tickets are available as an option with the New York City Explorer Pass.

Coney Island

Head to Coney Island for some festive, boardwalk-style fun. This place has been delighting summer travelers for generations. Relax on the beach, ride the roller coaster, play some carnival games, and enjoy some classic, fried-fare and a Nathan’s Famous hot dog for an All-American day on the boardwalk. Get the best views of the fireworks on the boardwalk between West 10th and West 12th streets or, take a spin on the Wonder Wheel.

You’ve been following the qualifiers. You’ve got the countdown on your phone. What’s next? Making a trip to Coney Island to Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest live! On Wednesday, July 4 at Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island for the festivities.

New York SummerStage

Central-Park-Walking-Tour-by-Central-Park-Sightseeing-6This perennially-popular free NYC event is beloved and taking place in Central Park. SummerStage on the weekends around the 4th of July this year, runs the gamut from contemporary Jamaican to house music to soul and more. Keep in mind that although most events are free, some do require tickets.

4th Annual Freedom Fest @ South Street Seaport
July 4, 2018

brooklyn-bridge-walking-tourThis amazing musical event features an expert DJ who’ll provide a variety of musical stylings, plus a full summer barbecue buffet and an open bar (!), this is the place to party this 4th of July. Keep in mind that’s its a bit pricey, so you may want to consider this event if you’ve got a hefty budget. This event actually kicks off an entire season of music in the Seaport District, so if you’re visiting later in the month, be sure to check out their schedule as well.

Summer Jazz

Lovers of jazz music, unite! on July 4, Lincoln Center’s alfresco danceathon gets into the groove when The Mambo Legends Orchestra delivers upbeat realness. Show off your fancy footwork, or if you’re worried you’re not ready to bring it, come early and take a free dance class to learn the dips and spins.

NYC Cruises

2-Hour-Semi-Circle-Cruise-1One way to beat the often horrible July heat in NYC is to get out on the water. Hop aboard a sightseeing cruise for some excellent chances to get the perfect Insta. And, you know, to actually see a lot of the city, too!s.

America’s Favorite Summer Pastime

NYC Yankee stadium (3)Love baseball, but simply don’t have time (or the budget) for a game? Take a guided tour of Yankee Stadium to see this the many facets of this historic arena — including Derek Jeter’s retired number.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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