4th of July for kids in New York City

Here's how to plan a successful 4th of July for kids in NYC—fireworks, hotdogs and all. It'll be your best bash yet!

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Consider us your guide to 4th of July for kids in NYC. We've got you covered with the coolest things to do—from water park and beach visits to the famous Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest and fireworks shows. 

What is Independence Day?

The federal holiday celebrates America's independence from Great Britain on July 4th in 1776. It commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by famous historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

When is Independence Day? 

The 4th of July is on the first Saturday in July.

4th of July for kids in NYC

4th of July activities for kids in NYC
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4th of July activities for kids in NYC

Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC
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Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

Summer activities for kids in NYC
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Summer activities for kids in NYC

Nathan’s hot dog eating contest
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Nathan’s hot dog eating contest

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Stream "Hamilton" on Disney+
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Stream "Hamilton" on Disney+

Cool off at a water playground
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Cool off at a water playground

Visit a kids' playground
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Visit a kids' playground

Beaches for kids in and around NYC
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Beaches for kids in and around NYC

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Fourth of July ideas for New York City families 2012
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Fourth of July ideas for New York City families 2012

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

Last-minute Fourth of July family events
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Last-minute Fourth of July family events

See our pictures of the Macy's 4th of July fireworks
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See our pictures of the Macy's 4th of July fireworks

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Fourth of July events 2013 for kids and families in New York City
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Fourth of July events 2013 for kids and families in New York City

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