The 25 Best 4th of July Cruises in NYC 2024 – The Ultimate Guide

Guaranteed views of the spectacular fireworks

If you’re spending the 4th of July in New York, a fireworks cruise may be the best way to celebrate it. NYC’s 4th of July cruises guarantee you a relaxed evening with unobstructed views of the fireworks. No need to go through the hassle of securing a spot in the crowded areas. 

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The 4th of July cruises are very popular and the number of seats is limited – the tickets sell out very quickly!

All 4th of July Cruises in NYC at a glance

Want a quick overview of available 4th of July cruises? Then check out my comparison here:

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Hornblower Infinity 4th July Cruise

New York City Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise with Lobster Dinner

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GYG: Premium 4th of July NYC Fireworks Cruise on Atlantis Yacht

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The 25 Best 4th of July Cruises in NYC 2024 – The Ultimate Guide

July 4th New York City Family friendly Fireworks Cruise

America 2.0 Sail 4th of July

July 4th Fireworks All-Inclusive Party Cruise

4th of July Fireworks Cruise aboard Yacht Mariner III

July 4th Fireworks | NYC Sightseeing Cruises & Restaurant

New York Cruise

Circle Line 4th of July Evening Cruise

NYC New 4th of July Dinner Cruise

Macy's July 4th Fireworks Viewing Cruise from Brooklyn

July 4th Fireworks Party Cruise from New Jersey

July 4th New York City Fireworks Cruise

4th of July NYC Fireworks Cruise

Type

Type

Hors d’oeuvres & Fireworks

Buffet & Fireworks

Buffet & Fireworks

Buffet Lobster Dinner & Fireworks

Dinner Buffet & Fireworks

Hors d’oeuvres, Gourmet Buffet & Fireworks

Dinner & Fireworks
Buffet & Fireworks

Light Dinner & Fireworks

Hors d’oeuvres menu & Fireworks

Buffet Dinner & Fireworks

Hors d'oeuvres & Fireworks

Dinner Fireworks Sightseeing

Brunch

Light Dinner & Fireworks

Dinner Cruise & Fireworks

Fireworks Viewing Cruise

Buffet & Fireworks

Dinner & Fireworks

Light Dinner & Fireworks

Duration

Duration

3.75 hours

4:30 hours

4 hours

4:30 hours

4 hours

6 hours

4:30 hours

3:30 hours

2 hours

3 hours

4:00 hours

4.25 hours

4:00 hours

2 hours

5 hours

5 hours

5 hours

5 hours

5 hours

5-6 hours

Food

Food

Hors d’oeuvres

Mexican Buffet

Dinner Buffet

Buffet Lobster Dinner

American BBQ Buffet

Hors d’oeuvres & Gourmet Dinner Buffet

Dinner
Delicious mini sandwiches in buffet style

Buffet

Prix fixe light hors d’oeuvres menu

July 4th themed buffet

Dinner Buffet

6-Course-Menu

3-course-menu

Classic summer dishes

Buffet

finger foods and snacks available for purchase, or bring your own

Finger food buffet dinner

buffet style menu

Buffet

Drinks

Drinks

Open Bar

Open Bar

Premium Open Bar

Open Bar

Open Bar

Premium Open Bar

Open Bar
Open bar access incl. beer & wine

Cash Bar

Open Bar (beer, wine, Champagne & soft drinks)

Beer, wine, and soft drinks

Open Bar

3 Alcoholic Beverages Unlimited Softdrinks

Bottomless mimosas

Beer, wine & softdrinks

Premium Open Bar

non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase

Open bar

Available for purchase

Beer, wine & softdrinks

Departure

Departure

7:00 PM from Chelsea Piers

5:45 PM boarding

6:30 PM start from Pier 81

6:30 pm boarding

7:30 pm start from Pier 15

5:45 PM boarding

6:30 PM start from Pier 81

boarding 6:00 pm

start 7:00 pm from Pier 81

5:15 PM boarding

6:00 PM start from Pier 81

5:15 PM from Pier 17

7:00 PM boarding

7:30 PM start from Pier 36

5:30 pm from 299 South St

6:40 PM boarding

7:00 PM start from Pier 62

6:15 PM boarding

6:45 PM start from Pier 83

6:15 pm from Pier 62 (arrive 30 minutes earlier)

7:00 PM from Pier 78

12:00 pm from Pier 36

6 pm from Pier 83

5 pm from Pier 40

5:30 pm from Greenpoint Terminal Market

Liberty Harbor Marina

5:00 pm from Pier 36

5 pm from Pier 36

Price

Price

from $598

$369

from $209

from $329

from $269

from $449

from $570

from $265

from $329

$498

from $279

$698

from $390

$179-$199

from $269

$206

$299
$259

$367

$259

Mobile ticket

Mobile ticket

Available?

Available?

 
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My recommendations

Which 4th of July cruise in New York is the best?

We have tried many cruises over the years. Some, unfortunately, were disappointing and way too expensive for what you got (so these are not represented in my best list).

We can personally recommend these two 4th of July cruises:

We always had a great time on these boat tours.

Details on each 4th of July cruise in NYC

If you are still unsure of which 4th of July fireworks cruise is the best pick for you and your party, you can find more information on each 4th of July Fireworks Cruise in NYC below. Please note that the fireworks are typically launched around 9 pm.

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    4th of July Macy's Fireworks on Schooner America 2.0

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    Celebrate American Independence in a very special way and come aboard the Schooner America 2.0! This ship is a tribute to the original America, which was built in New York in the 1800s. During the boat ride, you’ll have a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline, which is festively lit in celebration of the 4th of July. Later you will be able to see Macy’s famous 4th of July fireworks on the East River. 

    Of course, food and beverages will be provided. Drinks (soft drinks, beer, wine & champagne) are available at the open bar and for dinner there is a delicious prix fixe menu. There are vegetarian dishes like roasted vegetables with balsamic glaze, as well as delicious beef Wellington and tasty shrimp skewers. For dessert, you can choose between apple pie and blueberry cheesecake.

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    Tacos and Tequila July 4th Fireworks Party Cruise

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    In the mood for tacos and tequila? Then come aboard La Barca and celebrate the 4th of July with Mexican food while admiring the festively lit skyline and enjoying a great view of the fireworks! A DJ will provide the music and in addition to the buffet with Mexican delicacies, there will be an open bar with drinks.

    In total, you’ll be out on the water for 4.5 hours. Note that the minimum age is 21.

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    Ultimate NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Hornblower Infinity

    Cruise in Financial District
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    This will probably be the biggest 4th of July party of your life: Experience an unforgettable July 4th celebration with exclusive front-row views of the spectacular NYC fireworks display, set against the iconic backdrop of the New York City skyline. Delight your palate with a gourmet dinner buffet featuring an array of delectable options while sipping on beverages from the premium open bar. Groove to the rhythm of live music and entertainment provided by a talented DJ, ensuring an evening filled with excitement and memories to cherish.

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    4th of July Cruise aboard Louisa of the Seas

    Cruise in Hell's Kitchen
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    If you want to celebrate the 4th of July in New York City with a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, come aboard the Louisa of the Seas! This 4-hour cruise on the Hudson River will not only give you a great view of the Manhattan skyline and some of the city’s most beautiful sights, but also of the 4th of July fireworks!

    Chef Thiago has created a special 6-course menu for this evening, including lobster and BBQ. The price also includes three alcoholic beverages and unlimited soft drinks, tea and coffee. Live music and entertainment will also be provided. You don’t want to miss this unique experience!

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    4th of July Fireworks Cruise on Kingston

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    If you want to admire the 4th of July fireworks from a classic yacht, come aboard the Kingston! There’s a covered area in the middle part of the ship, while you’ll have an unobstructed view of the sky from the forward and rear decks.

    On this cruise there is a standard open bar with wine, beer, champagne and soft drinks. You’ll also be served a delicious menu of light appetizers. The menu includes delicacies like lobster roll and shrimp skewers, as well as vegetarian options like roasted vegetables with aioli. For dessert, you can look forward to delicious cheesecake!

    On this three-hour cruise, you’ll not only get a breathtaking view of the beautiful New York skyline, but you’ll also get to see the famous Macy’s 4th of July fireworks.

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    4th of July Cruise on Horizon's Edge Yacht

    Cruise in Hell's Kitchen
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    If you want to spend the American Independence Day in a special way, come aboard the mega-yacht Horizon’s Edge! This family-friendly luxury cruise features an open bar as well as a sumptuous BBQ buffet with American dishes. Dance to the sounds of the live DJ and take in the view of the stunning Manhattan skyline. During the tour you can see New York’s most famous landmarks before finally admiring Macy’s famous 4th of July fireworks.

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    4th of July Family Friendly Fireworks Cruise on Liberty Belle

    Cruise in Lower East Side
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    Experience the world-famous 4th of July NYC fireworks up close on an exclusive party boat. On board the Liberty Belle, you can sip cocktails at the bars, dance to the best hits from a live DJ and enjoy the view of the New York skyline from the open decks. The Liberty Belle departs from Pier 36 at 7:30 pm (boarding starts an hour before!) and tickets start at just $199.

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    New York City Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise with Lobster Dinner

    Cruise in Hell's Kitchen
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    Grab a front row seat for New York City’s fireworks display on this Fourth of July cruise with lobster dinner. Get an up-close look at the Manhattan skyline while digging into a buffet-style dinner with an open bar. A DJ will spin tunes on board to keep the party mood going.

    • New York City Fourth of July fireworks cruise with lobster dinner
    • Delight in superior views of the fireworks display on this fun, casual cruise
    • Enjoy an open bar and gorgeous vistas of the Manhattan skyline
    • Dance the night away as DJs spin the latest hits and quintessential party songs
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    Celebrate 4th of July on the TOP RATED Cornucopia Majesty Yacht

    Cruise in Hudson Square
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    Celebrate America’s Independence Day on the Cornucopia Majesty and be part of an unforgettable 4th of July Fireworks Party. During the 4-hour cruise, you can not only enjoy the view of New York City’s skyline with a tasty drink in your hand, but also dance to the music of a live DJ. All ages are welcome to celebrate the 4th of July on this boat and feast on American specialties at the lavish dinner buffet.

    The highlight of this cruise is certainly Macy’s big 4th of July fireworks show, which you can admire with a front-row view.

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    Enjoy a luxurious 4th of July Fireworks Cruise on Atlantis Yacht

    Cruise in Hell's Kitchen
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    Celebrate the American Independence Day In Style Aboard A Luxurious Yacht! Experience a unique event by enjoying Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular from the comfort of a luxurious yacht that offers breathtaking views and a great atmosphere. This event is suitable for the whole family, with enough space for you to make the most of every moment. Indulge in a delicious buffet dinner and unlimited drinks throughout the cruise. The yacht offers a prime location with views of the skyline and fireworks – an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.

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    Serenity Yacht Cruise

    Cruise in Financial District
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    Come on board the Serenity Yacht NYC and watch the 4th of July fireworks. While the live DJ entertains you, you can enjoy the Premium Open Bar to drink something and enjoy the view of the spectacular Manhattan skyline. Since this is a family-friendly cruise, non-alcoholic beverages are of course available for those under 21. Small appetites can be satisfied at the dinner buffet.

    This 4th of July cruise departs from Pier 15 (78 South Street at Fletcher Street).

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    Enjoy breathtaking views on the Cornucopia Princess Yacht

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    The 4th of July Cruise on the Cornucopia Princess Yacht is a family friendly event. There is an open bar that also offers a selection of non-alcoholic beverages for all guests under 21 years old. You can satisfy your small appetite at the dinner buffet while the live DJ provides some music. On the Cornucopia Princess, you’ll have a breathtaking view of the New York skyline and later you can enjoy Macy’s famous 4th of July fireworks from the front row.

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    4th of July Macy's Fireworks Cruise on Manhattan

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    On this 3.5 hour cruise on the Manhattan, you’ll not only have a stunning view of Macy’s famous 4th of July fireworks, but you’ll also have a spectacular view of the New York City skyline. Aboard this 1920s-style luxury yacht, you can celebrate the American Independence Day with a delicious prix fixe menu of light hors d’oeuvres. Beverages like champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks are available at the open bar.

    Don’t miss this festive cruise and book your ticket today!

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    4th of July Fireworks Cruise on Timeless Yacht

    Cruise in Lower East Side
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    Come aboard the Timeless Yacht Cruise on July 4th and celebrate America’s Independence Day on the water. Starting at just $199 per person, you’ll get this 4-hour boat cruise with views of Macy’s famous 4th of July fireworks. The event is family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. at Pier 36.

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    Macy's July 4th Fireworks Viewing Cruise from Brooklyn

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    Celebrate Independence Day with the best views of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on a fun harbor boat ride departing from Brooklyn just 40 minutes from Times Square by Subway.

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    4th of July NYC Party Cruise on Harmony Yacht

    Cruise in Gramercy
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    The 4th of July Party on the Harmony Yacht is an event for the whole family! Boarding begins at 6:30 pm at the Skyport Marina (E 23rd St). There will be a delicious dinner buffet and an open bar. A live DJ will provide entertainment on board and of course, you’ll have a great view of Macy’s 4th of July fireworks. Tickets are starting at $149 per person.

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    The Ultimate 4th of July Dinner Cruise on the Emerald Princess

    Cruise in Lower East Side
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    Experience an evening of luxury aboard the Emerald Princess with an open bar and dinner buffet featuring a delectable array of passed appetizers, drinks, and buffet selections. Indulge in the comfort of reserved seating available for all guests while enjoying live entertainment provided by an onboard DJ, who will keep the atmosphere lively with family-friendly hits to dance the night away. As the ship sails towards prime viewing spots, revel in the anticipation of witnessing the spectacular Macy’s NYC Fireworks Show, offering an unparalleled view of the dazzling display against the city skyline.

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    Bateaux New York 4th of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    Come aboard the Bateaux New York, a fully glass-enclosed, luxury dining cruise for your Fourth of July celebrations! A five-hour upscale dining cruise on the Hudson River includes a delicious three-course plated dinner with attentive table side service. Take in the panoramic, breathtaking views of the infamous New York City skyline and the Fireworks Display (weather permitting). Sit back, relax, enjoy your spectacular meal and the live acoustic quartet musical entertainment, and celebrate the United States of America!

    • Live Music
    • Dinner
    • Alcoholic Beverages
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    July 4th New York City Fireworks Cruise

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    Celebrate July 4th on this New York City Fireworks Cruise. Depart for the evening to the beats of a live DJ. Enjoy a buffet style menu featuring pasta, finger foods, chicken, salad, desserts and more! Sip on an alcoholic beverage from our onboard cash bar. Grab the festive party favors provided as the firework show begins. Your cruise will return once the fireworks end.

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    4th of July NYC Fireworks Cruise

    Cruise in Lower East Side
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    Aboard Liberty Belle to celebrate this Independence Day in New York City. Celebrate sailing the waters and enjoy the Macy’s Spectacular Fireworks Show. All tickets include open bar and a delicious dinner. Live DJ playing top hits will keep you this Independence Day memorable along with your favorite drink. Enjoy the show of the July 4th fireworks. This is a NYC Dance Cruise. Aboard and sip your favorite drink, eat delicious food, dance and enjoy! You will get a 3-Hour premium open bar, food, and complimentary party favors. VIP Tickets include priority boarding and a reserved table at private lounge with a bottle of MOET to cheer this Independence Day. Enjoy the views of Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and more! This is a great experience to celebrate in style. Treat yourself into this unforgettable experience.

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    July 4th New York City Fireworks Cruise with Buffet and Live DJ

    Cruise in Lower East Side
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    Celebrate July 4th on this New York City Fireworks Cruise. Depart for the evening to the beats of a live DJ. Enjoy a buffet style menu featuring pasta, finger foods, chicken, salad, desserts and more! Sip on an alcoholic beverage from our onboard cash bar. Grab the festive party favors provided as the firework show begins. Your cruise will return once the fireworks end. What’s Included:

    • July 4th New York City Fireworks Cruise 
    • Buffet Style Menu featuring pasta, chicken, salad, finger foods, dessert and more! 
    • Live DJ Music
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    Circle Line 4th of July Evening Cruise

    Cruise in Hell's Kitchen
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    Circle Line is a very well-known sightseeing cruise operator in New York and also offers one of the best 4th of July cruises. The cruise includes a light dinner with classic summer dishes and great drinks. Most importantly, however, you will enjoy guaranteed views of the fireworks, particularly from the outdoor deck space.

    What you’ll get:

    • light dinner
    • drinks
    • live DJ
    • guaranteed views of the 4th of July fireworks
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    4th of July Fireworks on Clipper City Tall Ship

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    See New York City’s 4th of July Fireworks from the deck of a tall ship for the ultimate visibility and photo ops. Help the crew raise the sails and navigate the ship, or just sit back and enjoy the show. Each year’s fireworks show consists of more than 40,000 shells exploding above the East River for a brilliant display celebrating the nation’s birth. Buy tickets in advance to avoid the last-minute scramble for 4th of July plans!

    • Food and beverages included
    • Best possible vantage point for fireworks show
    • See the NYC skyline from the water
    • Open bar throughout the cruise
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    NYC July 4th Macy's Fireworks Family Friendly Festive Boat

    Cruise in Lower East Side
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    Your cruise will have a live DJ on 2 floors and 2 dance floors. There will be 4th of July giveaways, a light buffet, a cash bar, and fun toys for the children. While waiting for this spectacular show in the sky, you’ll see famous landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Freedom Tower, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the NYC skyline. As the boat docks getting ready for the show, the DJ will have music to dance to for full family fun. 

    Macy’s has been hosting a 4th of July fireworks show in NYC since 1958. The Brooklyn Bridge and the East River are the new stars of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the largest fireworks show in the United States. You’ll have front-row seats to the fireworks show, as special firing platforms will be set up along the span and about 50,000 pounds of fireworks are set to launch!

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    NYC 4th of July Brunch Cruise

    Cruise in Lower East Side
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    This 4th of July brunch cruise is one of the newest boat tours where you can celebrate the Independence Day of the USA in a wonderfully relaxed way. The ship has three different decks where you can combine sightseeing with brunch. The icing on the cake is the live DJ on board who will entertain you on this tour from George Washington Bridge to Brooklyn Bridge.


 

FAQ

What is the route of the boat tours?

The number of 4th of July cruises in New York can be quite overwhelming. That’s why we have created a table for you that features the best 4th of July fireworks cruises in NYC. This way, if you want to spend the country’s birthday on a cruise, you can easily make a decision. The location for the 4th of July fireworks has not yet been confirmed. The fireworks cruises, however, will all adjust their route according to the locations of the fireworks!

Which 4th of July cruise in NYC is the cheapest?

The cheapest 4th of July cruise starts at around $199.

Where do the 4th of July cruises depart from in New York?

The departure point depends on the operators: the three main ones depart from Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River at Pier 61/62, from Battery Park and from Pier 36 in the Lower East Side. However, there are also Queens and Jersey City as departure locations.

Is there a dress code?

No. Only the Bateaux 4th of July Cruise requires an elegant or dressy-casual attire (cocktail wear or dressy-casual attire is appropriate and dressy jeans are acceptable although casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes and foam flip flops are discouraged).

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