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4th of July in NYC guide

Here's where to find the best BBQ, stunning fireworks and more 4th of July events going down in NYC

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Anthony Quintano

Celebrate our nation’s birthday NYC-style this 4th of July. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, NYC will be the best place in the country to celebrate Independence Day, especially since its the home to the incredible Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display. From NYC parks to rooftop bars, we’ve got you covered on where to catch the most spectacular view of the show set against the city's skyline. Check out our guide to the biggest summer holiday and make the most of this year’s long weekend with plenty of epic parties and things to do outside.

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Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

Let the bald eagles fly and the red, white and blue bikini tops shine!

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Celebrate Independence Day at the best restaurants open on July 4th, serving up everything from burgers to lobster rolls

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Even political cynics will be stirred by these patriotic movies and paeans to American virtue. (USA! USA! USA!)

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Celebrate Independence Day with a visit to one of the best beaches near NYC

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The best NYC parks

Head to one of these spots to lounge during the day and watch the fireworks at night

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Have a cocktail high above the city and take in spectacular views of the fireworks

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Get ready to get your hands dirty at the best BBQ restaurants in NYC, including top-notch smokehouses and rib joints

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The best picnic spots in NYC

Pack a picnic basket and head for a picnic spot this Fourth of July

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