The Best 4th Of July Events in NYC 2024

What are the best 4th of July events in NYC?

Are you looking for what to do to celebrate the 4th of July in New York? You’re in luck because NYC is one of the best cities to celebrate Independence Day. In addition to making your list of museums, bars, and restaurants to visit on the 4th of July in NYC, there are several events you can only experience on this holiday weekend.

Independence Day takes place on Thursday, July 4th, 2024, giving travelers to New York the whole weekend to take in New York before the big day.

To help you make the most of your time, we are highlighting the best and the biggest 4th of July events NYC has to offer on the 4th of July weekend. From family-friendly cruises and fireworks to hot dog-eating contests and lobster, you’re sure to have a spectacular weekend.

Must-See 4th of July Events NYC

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    Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks

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    If there’s one fireworks show to see when you visit New York City, it’s the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show. One of the most iconic fireworks displays in the United States, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.

    On 4th of July, beginning just after 9pm, the skies over New York City’s Hudson River light up with a colorful, coordinated display. Sponsored by Macy’s, there are more than 60,000 shells launched off between four and six barges. For over 25 minutes, you’ll enjoy a celebration of America’s Independence Day. Not to be missed is the New York Fire Department’s contribution, as they shoot red, clear, and blue water 300 feet into the air from the fire boats they have stationed in the river, too.

    When do the fireworks start?

    • From 9:25 pm

    Where does it take place?

    • Hudson River, at Piers 62/63

    Where is the best place to see the fireworks?

    • Hudson River Park
    • Hoboken, New Jersey
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    Take Part In A Party Fireworks Cruise

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    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.

    My tip: These are the best 4th of July Cruises 2024!

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    Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship

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    For another 4th of July New York event that’s just as iconic as the fireworks show, come by Coney Island’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. Taking place at noon on July 4th, 2023, Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest pits the world’s greatest competitive eaters against each other in one of the most well-known contests.

    Officially sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, this event is often witnessed by thousands of people. The current record for the event is 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes, held by Joey Chestnut. Will you be there to see the record get broken?

    This free event is open to the public and takes place at Maimonides Park, at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

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    Coney Island 4th of July Fireworks

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    The Coney Island Fireworks is a free event open to the public and held at the Riegelmann Boardwalk right on Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn.

    After the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship, stick around to see Coney Island’s spectacular display of fireworks. Visible from the boardwalk, this show generally starts at 10pm and lasts about fifteen minutes.

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    Observe Fireworks From New York City’s Most Impressive Buildings

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    In the past, New York’s most impressive and iconic buildings put up quite a show. At the 4th of July Parties at One World Observatory, visitors had a chance to enjoy a great view of the city, enjoy drinks and bites, and an almost eye-level view of fireworks.

    Similarly, the Empire State Buildings had its own unique 4th of July NYC celebrations. With a party split between the 80th floor and the observation deck on the 86th floor for the Macy’s fireworks, this was one of the most impressive ways to see the Macy’s fireworks display.

    We are still waiting on official words for the 2024 events, so keep your eye on this link for the official announcement by the Empire State Building and on this one for One World Observatory.

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    Roosevelt Island Fourth of July Family Fireworks Celebration

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    Roosevelt Island is hosting an annual 4th of July celebration, especially suited for families. There are tons of activities and an extensive entertainment program for big and small, including bouncy houses and food.

    Attending the event is free, but as availability is limited, tickets are required. You can claim free tickets online. They will be released on rioc.ny.gov in June. Another great thing about the celebration on Roosevelt Island is that you can get there by the basically free Roosevelt Island Tramway, which is a great New York experience in itself. It’s included in your MetroCard when you own an unlimited pass so you won’t have to pay extra.

    • Where? Roosevelt Island | Roosevelt Island Tramway
    • When? 5 PM till 10:30 PM

    The July 4, 2024 event is currently TBD.

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