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Free things to do with kids over 4th of July weekend

Let freedom ring over the 4th of July weekend with these fun and free things to do with kids over the holiday

Allie Early
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Allie Early
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Summer in NYC is so chock-full of treats to eat and awesome activities to try that our wallets could probably use a break by the time 4th of July weekend rolls around. Luckily, there are also lots of free things to do with kids for those who want to have their summer joy on the cheap without sacrificing an ounce of fun.

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Free things to do over 4th of July weekend

For this mother of all pyrotechnic displays, Macy's will explode more than 40,000 fireworks—returning to the East River for the second year in a row. Stake out a nice spot along Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Promenade or the South Street Seaport to watch, and bring your own picnic basket with beverages to toast our country's birthday. All ages.
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Governors Island, NY is an amazing place for fun with the kiddos! There's plenty to see and do on 172 grassy acres—including hiking, biking, swimming, scaling playgrounds and sightseeing. You'll definitely want to visit Slide Hill, where there are four slides to choose from (one is the longest slide in all of NYC!), and take a trip to Hammock Grove, where a network of comfy hammocks await.

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