Now that summer’s officially here, there’s no better time to start gearing up for the Fourth of July. Fortunately for those lucky enough to call New York City home—or those visiting the Big Apple for the holiday—there’s no lack of exciting activities to explore within the city limits. Don’t have your plans for the Fourth squared away yet? Check out these incredible Fourth of July celebrations, sure to make this an Independence Day for the record books.
Board a Macy’s Fireworks Cruise: New York City’s stunning waterfront is a must-see year-round, but on the Fourth of July, hitting the water is truly an experience unlike any other. Fortunately, you don’t have to brave a crowded pier or hop a ferry to enjoy this experience—there are countless cruises departing from Manhattan’s ports that offer a peerless view of the Macy’s fireworks display.
Check out the Freedom Fest: Grab your friends and head down to Pier 15 in Manhattan for one of the most exciting Fourth of July celebrations out there! At Freedom Fest, you can enjoy music from a live DJ, an open bar, a classic barbecue menu, and an opportunity to dance the night away under a fireworks-lit sky.
Celebrate at One World Observatory: See the city’s famous fireworks from a vantage point unlike any other this Fourth of July by buying a ticket to One World Observatory. With stunning views of the city and the multiple fireworks displays going on across the five boroughs from 1,368 feet in the air, this New York City monument is the perfect place to celebrate your patriotic pride this year.
Take a helicopter ride: Want to enjoy the NYC fireworks as up close and personal as possible? Then book yourself a helicopter flight from FlyNyon this year. These 30-minute rides are the perfect way to catch the fireworks without having to brave the city crowds.
Enjoy a barbecue at home: Sometimes, the best way to celebrate a holiday is right at home. This Fourth of July, if you’re not feeling like braving the crowds at celebrations throughout the city, hang at home and enjoy a barbecue with your friends and family instead. If you have terrace space, like the luxury homes at 985 Fifth Avenue, fire up the grill, or, if you don’t, cook up some hamburgers and hot dogs on the stove, set some drinks on ice, check out the fireworks on TV, and enjoy the company of the people who make you feel like celebrating every day of the year.
Whether you’re touring the city in a helicopter or just hanging out at home, there’s a patriotic party to suit every style in New York City this year.
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