Complete Guide to a Great 4th of July in New York

Best Of New York. Aug 9th 22

Independence Day is one of America's greatest holidays, and New York City is the ideal place to experience the celebration of the American Flag on the 4th of July.

This is our guide to making your 4th of July in NYC unforgettable, from a firework extravaganza to the Day Party on Coney Island. Celebrate Independence Day in New York like never before.

Take in a Fireworks Show

Take in a Fireworks Show

Fourth of July fireworks are an integral part of celebrations in the Big Apple, with the New York City skyline lit up by huge displays across the city.

The world-famous Macy's fireworks begin at around 9:30 pm and usually last around half an hour. In 2022, more than 2,000 shells per minute were launched off five barges moored on the East River, with dramatic effects reaching more than 1,000 feet into the air. Excellent vantage points for Macy's Fourth of July show are the Gantry Plaza State Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park.silhouette of tree under multicolored fireworks

Elsewhere, Edge, the highest observation deck in New York City, offers the opportunity to watch the Jersey City fireworks display and Macy's fireworks, all from one spot. The venue's glass floors and walls provide the perfect vantage point to watch the displays light up the Manhattan skyline.

An alternative way to take in the city's best 4th of July fireworks display is to head out on a special fireworks cruise. Sail along the East River while marveling at the sights and sounds of a July firework show.

Head to Coney Island Beach

Head to Coney Island Beach

A trip across the mouth of the Hudson River would elevate any July weekend. However, a 4th of July celebration on the Island is a unique experience with several enjoyable events.


The famed Coney Island fireworks on the beach rival what Midtown Manhattan offers. As well as their 4th of July fireworks show, there are free displays at 9:45 pm every Friday during the summer. The best views can be found on a Luna Park ride or aboard Deno's Wonder Wheel.woman and man covered USA flag

Meanwhile, live music fans will enjoy the Day Party at Coney Art Walls. Artists, performers, and DJs will provide the soundtrack to an enjoyable adult-only party that begins at 3 pm and runs until midnight. 2022 saw Meek Mill headline the event with sets from DJ Spade and DJ Chase B.

Food and drink are available on-site, with more than one pop-up bar and several street food trucks. Tickets start from $39 for the day, including exclusive access to the firework display.

Take a Fourth of July Cruise

New Yorkers are lucky to have not one but two beautiful rivers to explore. There's no better time to do it than aboard one of the many 4th of July cruises available from several boarding points.

For example, hop on the Queen Yacht at the Skyport Marina for a high-octane river Fourth of July party cruise. Enjoy the views across Long Island City and many of the famed sights in Manhattan, including the Empire State Building.

Enjoy the sounds of a live DJ while enjoying the many fireworks shows lighting up the NYC skyline. Work up an appetite on the dancefloor and enjoy the delicious food and bar all night long.

Somewhere Nowhere Pool Party

Somewhere Nowhere Pool Party

Somewhere Nowhere's rooftop pool party is the perfect place for revelers to enjoy the national holiday. This all-day event offers amazing views across the famous skyline over Central Park and towards Lower Manhattan. Meanwhile, those that take advantage of the premium open bar reservation offer can use the one-hour open vodka bar between 10 and 11 pm.

Beginning at 3 pm and running until the small hours, this pool party offers a full-on BBQ with hot dogs, burgers, and ribs to eat. Meanwhile, the colorful light displays across the Hudson and East rivers are viewable from the pool and poolside reclining seats.

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There is live music as well, with the 2022 event featuring a live set from Walshy Fire of Major Lazer.

Family Friendly Attractions

Family Friendly Attractions

With many families taking a long weekend of celebration either side of July 4th, there are several fun things to do for the whole family.

Heading to Staten Island for their famous Pinwheel Parade is an opportunity for children and parents to design their own flags. They can sign the Declaration of Independence and learn how to churn ice cream in historic Richmond Town.

For those on a budget, create some baked red, white, and blue treats at home and then take them to one of New York's beautiful parks to enjoy a picnic. Or, take your grill instead and fire up a family barbecue in the sunshine along with some ice-cool festive drinks. 

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