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The best 4th of July events in NYC

Here are the top 4th of July events in NYC for making the most of America's Independence this year

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

It’s America’s big day and we're here for it. Head to one of Gotham’s best beaches, grab your sunscreen and your sunnies and prepare for some fun in the sun. After gorging on red, white and blue treats and drinks, head out for the night to watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks or sail around NYC.

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Ladies and gentlemen, we're pleased to announce that, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are back on Monday, July 4, beginning at 9:25pm. Over 65,000 shells (almost 2,000 per minute) are launched off five different barges on the East River. The extravaganza lasts 25 minutes and features, according to Macy's itself, "dozens of colors and shapes, creating dramatic effects a mile across the river and from 1,000 feet in the air to the water's edge." This year, look out for Whistling Jellyfish, Little Snakes, Blinking Smiling Face, Swimming Chrysanthemums and more shapes!

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Hold on to your guts—Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2022 is upon us! During the competition—which is now more than 100 years old—Frankfurter-eating legends race the clock and chow down on as many Nathan’s Famous dogs and buns they can swallow in ten minutes. It’s certainly one of the most beloved traditions and best NYC events in July, so here’s everything you need to know about watching and entering the competition. You won’t want to miss a single bite.

The Day Party at the Coney Art Walls
Photograph: courtesy of The Day Party

3. The Day Party at the Coney Art Walls

Celebrate Independence Day at the Coney Art Walls (3050 Stillwell Avenue), which will have live music, performances, and a rotation of DJs spinning throughout the day. Meek Mill will headline the show this year along with sets from DJ Spade and DJ Chase B. There will be showstopping fireworks to follow the event, which is 18+ and will go from 3pm-midnight on July 4. Food and drinks will be available to purchase on-site from a range of vendors. Tickets begin at $39.

Restaurant specials
Photograph: courtesy of The Dutch

4. Restaurant specials

The Dutch (131 Sullivan St):

Enjoy an all-day cookout on July 4th (11am-8pm) featuring cheddar-filled corn dogs, sticky pork ribs, lobster rolls, festive cocktails plus sidewalk games including cornhole, piñata and more.

Loreley Beer Garden's Margarita Beach Club (7 Rivington St):

One of the largest outdoor beer gardens in the city, Loreley’s backyard space will become a beach haven with a tropical plant and floral wall, large tent to keep things cool and a lifeguard tower from Montauk Brewery perfect for a beachy photo-op. The street patio will be converted into a beach cabana with white drapes and teal and white striped bench cushions. Try out its new Unicorn Frozen Margarita, an Ocean Blue Frozen Margarita with a pineapple wedge, cherry and umbrella served in an inflatable Unicorn, or one of its Mango Habanero, Coconut and Pineapple Margaritas (on the rocks), an Espolon Margarita on Draft, or pick from a selection of 10 tequilas and mezcals for a custom Margarita. For a non-agave option, try the Frosé Flamingo. Celebrations start at noon with brunch noon-4pm.

King David Tacos (611 Bergen St.) will offer its new Tex-Mex menu all day. Pop by from 7am - 3pm for a Make-Your-Own-Taco Platter, Nachos Supreme, a crisp Brooklyn-made Sunday Lager and more. The menu will also be available during usual weekend hours, Thursday-Sunday from 3-7pm. 
El Cartel Tapas Bar and Restaurant (613 Ninth Avenue) specials for the Fourth of July Weekend are priced from $30-$55 (it'll be closed on Monday). Entrée specials include a choice of seafood rice and bass filet ($30); filete Cartagena, fried, stripped filet topped with a homemade red sauce and shrimp served with rice and fried cassava ($35); and Parrillada for Two, a well-packed meal for two consisting of pork chops, chicken breast, skirt steak, shrimp, and Colombian chorizo served with fried yuca, French fries, yellow rice, and black beans ($55). 

Bear Donut (40 W. 31st Street) will be crafting a red, white, and blue commemorative donut for the holiday, and with a purchase of a small box (composed of four donuts), an additional free donut will be added. This offer and specialty donut are available July 2 & 3 only as Bear Donut is closed on the Fourth of July.

Celestine (1 John Street)

Dine on Celestine's gorgeous patio on the East River, overlooking the Manhattan skyline and bridges, while enjoying a specialty cocktail. There will be two windows for seating:
5:30-8pm: $85 per person for the prix fixe menu; beverages will be charged upon consumption.
8:15pm-close: $100 per person for the prix fixe menu; beverages will be charged upon consumption.
Children 12 and under - $50 per person all evening.

4th of July Weekend at Battlehymn
Photograph @Ladyfag

5. 4th of July Weekend at Battlehymn

Start off your holiday celebrations with "fireworks" and dance all night long with residents The Carry Nation and old-school Battle Hymn favorite Hex Hector at Rumi on Sunday, July 3. Get your tickets before they sell out! $25-$35 per person.

Manhatta's Sky-High Fourth of July
Photograph: Courtesy of Giada Paoloni

6. Manhatta's Sky-High Fourth of July

Celebrate 60 floors up with sweeping views, barbecue favorites, and plenty of bubbly to go around at Manhatta. A $250 ticket includes front row, floor-to-ceiling views of the East River fireworks, live DJ entertainment, passed bites and boards, oysters and champagne, a 4th of July barbecue spread, passed desserts and an open bar inclusive of five specialty cocktails, spirits, and beer and wine by the glass.


7.  RoofTop at Exchange Place

Get unobstructed views of the Jersey City July 4th fireworks show over the Hudson River fireworks display (by the famous Grucci family) from this beautiful rooftop. The first seating is from 4 to 7pm and has  a special July 4th menu, but the second seating (7-11pm) includes a variety of VIP packages ranging in price from $150-$300 per person and includes bottles or glasses of champagne, indoor or outdoor seating and cabanas for groups of six or more. There is also a walk-in/standing room at the bar option for a $50 per person cover charge. Guests can enjoy the new menu which offers an indulgent baked crab fondue, house favorite RXP burger, savory Tuscan kale caesar, cheeky bikini sandwich, signature cast iron cookie, and more.

There's also a fireworks seating on the Terrace (one level down from the rooftop) for $150 per person, which includes a three-course pre-fixe meal and one glass of wine/champagne per person. With floor-to-ceiling windows, you will have unobstructed viewing of the Fireworks overlooking the Hudson River.

Somewhere Nowhere pool party and fireworks viewing
Photograph: courtesy of Somewhere Nowhere

8. Somewhere Nowhere pool party and fireworks viewing

Somewhere Nowhere (112 W 25th St), is taking Independence Day to new heights this year with a rooftop pool party with a live set from Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, access to Somewhere Nowhere’s stunning pool and lounge, fabulous views of the Macy’s fireworks, barbecue available for purchase like burgers, hot dogs, jerk chicken, and more. This event will take place from 3pm-4am and will happen rain or shine! Additionally, all open-bar reservations include a one-hour vodka open bar 10-11pm. The fireworks from both the Hudson and the East River will be viewable from the rooftop!

4th of July Fireworks at Riverpark
Photograph: courtesy of Riverpark

9. 4th of July Fireworks at Riverpark

Enjoy the Macy's Fourth of July Firework Show from the panoramic view of the Riverpark patio with live music, Chef Big Herm's barbecue, specialty drinks and a prime view of the fireworks display. In case of inclement weather, there will be an indoor space available with floor-to-ceiling windows. Tickets ($250-$325) include open food stations, ice cream by A La Mode, open beer & wine plus a sangria specialty cocktail and more. DJ Jeronimo will spin from 8pm through the end of the fireworks.

4th of July at the Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
Photograph: Courtesy The Langham/Anthony Tahlier

10. 4th of July at the Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue

If you're looking to spend the big bucks for an unforgettable 4th of July, the Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue, can hook you up. It is making its Penthouses, located on the 27th, 26th and 25th floors with unparalleled city views all the way east to the East River and of the Empire State Building, available for one night only. The penthouses will be set up for up to four guests who want to have a mini-party set-up to pay tribute to America’s birthday in the grandest possible style, including a limousine pick-up, a Champagne cart with Champagne Laurent Perrier Brut and Rose, a variety of sweet and savory snacks from the culinary team, a $500 credit to enjoy dinner in your suite courtesy of Private Kitchen, patriotic décor in the suite provided by the hotel and breakfast from Private Kitchen the next morning. Of course, since you'll be partying all night, there will be a 2pm late check-out. The price? $22,000 USD + tax.

4th of July rooftop bash at Brooklyn Grange
Photograph: Dane Isaac

11. 4th of July rooftop bash at Brooklyn Grange

Watch New York City light up to the backdrop of Lady Liberty with Brooklyn Grange, which will provide classic summertime eats by 1:1 Foods, all-you-can-drink beer & wine, specialty cocktails, live music, aura photographs, tarot readings, games, and a stunning 360 rooftop view of NYC’s fireworks at its Sunset Park rooftop farm. Tickets are $165 each.

Front Row Fireworks
Photograph: courtesy of Front Row Fireworks

12. Front Row Fireworks

Get the best views of the 46th Annual Macy’s Fireworks show at the East 34th Street Heliport (499 E. 34th Street). This special experience includes exclusive access to the highly limited East Riverfront area where guests will be front and center for America’s most renowned fireworks show. Not only that, but there will be life-size versions of Jenga, ping pong, chess and more, from NYC’s beloved venues Clinton Hall and Slate, as well as live music, gourmet barbecue food, beverages and more! This event is family-friendly and will run from 6-9:30pm. Tickets begin at $35.

ROOF at Park South
Photograph: @roofatparksouth

13. ROOF at Park South

ROOF at Park South is hosting a barbecue party on the 4th of July, starting at 6pm. A $225 ticket includes one hour of passed canapés, various food stations from Executive Chef Bryce Shuman, an open bar and spectacular views of the Macy's Fireworks show.

4th of July Summer Club Pool Party
Photograph: Courtesy of The Summer Club

14. 4th of July Summer Club Pool Party

Take a Staycation at The Summer Club, a new day club located in Long Island City, that encompasses delicious food, refreshing cocktails and patriotic partying. Enjoy the long weekend with a day pass or rent private lounge chairs or a VIP cabana. Enjoy frozen cocktails like the “Slice of Summer” and “Ghost Your Ex” all day and menu items including ceviche and chef’s omakase. General admission is $60.

July 4th at CMOM
Photograph: Children's Museum of Manhattan

15. July 4th at CMOM

Head out with the kids for some 4th of July fun at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Your family can contribute to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s collective American Dream Quilt by expressing what freedom and happiness means, learn paper folding techniques to create action origami, and use their fingers to blend, smudge and smear the colors of the American Flag. All programs are free with general admission (free for members, $16 for non-members).

Historic Richmond Town's 4th of July
Photograph: courtesy of Historic Richmond Town

16. Historic Richmond Town's 4th of July

Head over to Staten Island's Historic Richmond Town, where you can spend the day living as if it were 1776 again. Visitors to the town can make their own flags and pinwheels to march with in the Pinwheel Parade, witness living history demonstrations, sign an oversized Declaration of Independence, churn ice cream, see Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show, and enjoy live music from the New Jersey Fife and Corps. A one-day pass is just $15.

Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina
Photograph: courtesy of Estuary at One15

17. Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina

Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina in Brooklyn Bridge Park will close its vast outdoor patio space at 6pm for a fireworks viewing party with paid reservations. From its perch at the tip of the park, Estuary gets partial views of the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks and New Jersey’s fireworks display. Special barbecue fare from Estuary, expertly prepared by Executive Chef Dennis Hatzinger includes barbecue ribs and chicken and elote street corn will be available all weekend in addition to its all-day menu. Reservations are $30 per ticket for bar seating, $40 per ticket in the dining room seating and $50 per ticket on its outdoor patio with the cost of the ticket deducted from the bill at the end of the evening.
All Day “Beach Bash” at Watermark
Photograph: courtesy of Watermark

18. All Day “Beach Bash” at Watermark

Celebrate the Fourth of July with endless rosé, fresh, off-the-grill bites, tropical cocktails, frozen drinks, and a rotating lineup of DJs under palm trees and cabanas along the East River. It's unclear whether the fireworks will be viewable from Watermark, however. The menu includes burgers, footlong hot dogs, chicken tacos, lobster rolls, tropical cocktails, frozen rosé, beer kegs, and bottle service all day. Tickets begin at $20 per person (noon to 5pm or 6pm to midnight).


Waterfront dining at Industry Kitchen
Photograph: Oleg March

19. Waterfront dining at Industry Kitchen

Celebrate Independence Day with a waterfront dining experience at Industry Kitchen situated alongside the East River in the historic Seaport District. Chef Jonathan Haffmans has created a specially curated menu for the day, including Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Braised Beef Short Rib Sliders and Farm Stand Fresh Watermelon in addition to their daily menu favorites. Walk-ins are welcome and reservations are encouraged.

20. Mezze on the River

Mezze on the River, situated along the Hudson River, provides unobstructed views of the fireworks barge off 2nd Street and Colgate Clock. Mezze on the River is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant concept offering a fresh take on traditional Greek cuisine. Set amongst a colorful, energetic atmosphere fusing Mediterranean nostalgia with Miami flair, Mezze on the River features two outdoor terraces and water views from each table inside.


The Cityfox Experience is hosting a massive 4th of July weekend at The Brooklyn Mirage on Saturday, July 2, with a three-stage venue takeover and an unrivaled lineup of electronic music royalty, headlined by Grammy award-winning and Williamsburg’s homegrown duo Bob Moses (club set), house & techno powerhouse Joris Voorn, and global superstar TOKiMONSTA. It'll start at 7pm and feature an open-air 200-foot wide video wall, prime views of the Manhattan skyline, premium food and beverage selections, and leading musical programming for nearly twelve hours. Tickets start at $46.

4th of July on the Rooftop at Rockaway Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy The Rockaway Hotel/Kyle Knodell

22. 4th of July on the Rooftop at Rockaway Hotel

The Rockaway Hotel + Spa will be hosting a fun-filled picnic on The Rooftop, featuring a live DJ, classic American dishes and unobstructed views of the fireworks across the Atlantic Ocean, Jamaica Bay and NYC skyline. Adult tickets are available for $55 which includes food, beer & wine for 2 hours. Kids Under 12 tickets are available for $25 which includes food & soft drinks for 2 hours.

Harriet’s MixMag Independence Day Party
Photograph: Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge

23. Harriet’s MixMag Independence Day Party

Celebrate the 4th with special performances by Louie Vega and a show from Anané from The Lab by iconic media group, Mixmag. Enjoy a specialty cocktail,  the "Lunar 75," featuring Hendricks Lunar Gin ($16), which is a sponsor of the event with Perrier Jouet, Lillet, Hampton Water, Grey Goose and Patron. This sundowner overlooks the Manhattan skyline, but doesn't have a view of the Macy's fireworks. There's a $75 cover charge (it's free for hotel guests).

4th of July barbecue and pool party at Somewhere Nowhere
Photograph: courtesy of Somewhere Nowhere

24. 4th of July barbecue and pool party at Somewhere Nowhere

Somewhere Nowhere, a two-level indoor lounge and open-air rooftop pool venue located on the 38 and 39th floors of the Renaissance hotel is offering guests captivating views of New York fireworks as well as delicious cocktails and barbecue, including burgers, jerk chicken, hot dogs, and music by Walshy Fire of Major Lazer by the pool (starting at 6pm).

ART Soho Rooftop Cookout
Photograph: Courtesy of Arlo Soho

25. ART Soho Rooftop Cookout

A.R.T Soho located on the rooftop of Arlo Soho offers sweeping views of the New York skyline, perfect for enjoying the New Jersey fireworks. The party begins with a rooftop cookout with burgers and fries by Chef Carsten Johannsen, a themed Blue Margarita with Cherry Garnish, refreshing frozen cocktails, mini bottle service paired with in-house mixers and Avant-Garde cocktails inspired by the arts. 4pm-midnight. 

4th of July at Panorama Room
Photograph: Steve Freihon

26. 4th of July at Panorama Room

On the 4th of July, Graduate Roosevelt Island is hosting an exclusive celebration at the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge, Panorama Room, which has an incredible 360-degree view of the city, making it the perfect spot for an unforgettable firework show. Tickets range from $200 to $1,500 and include a three-hour open bar from 5-8pm, passed hors d’oeuvres from Executive Chef Megan Brown, live DJ Performances throughout the evening, and a cash bar from 8pm to midnight. For those looking to make their July 4th evening into a staycation, Graduate Roosevelt Island is offering a Stars, Stripes + a Show package. The limited-time experience includes an overnight stay at Graduate Roosevelt Island and two tickets to the exclusive Panorama Room event. Guests can even enjoy the show from the comfort of their accommodations with stunning skyline views and floor-to-ceiling windows.

TailGate Brooklyn
Photograph: Courtesy TailGate Outdoor Sports Bar

27. TailGate Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s newest sports bar is hosting a 4th of July party which is going to be epic with music, food and fun all day long (2-9pm) rain or shine! 


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New York City beaches are now open for swimming and sunbathing. A visit to one—if not all—of the best beaches NYC has to offer is needed when temperatures become hot and sticky. Whether you’re planning weekend getaways, a camping trip or just looking for ways to cool off or with friends, these beaches in New York are a quick subway, ferry or bus trip away. If you have a car and want to venture further out, we’ve also included off-the-beaten-track sandy shores that are less than two hours away. 

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Acting like a kid again is never a bad idea, and these amusement parks near NYC are the perfect places to get your adrenaline pumping. Good ol’ Coney Island is right in your backyard with one of our fave Ferris wheels and the famous Cyclone wooden roller coaster, but it’s also worth venturing to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut for a fun day out. Whether you’re looking to cool off at a water park or scream your lungs out on a roller coaster, these amusement parks have something for every type of thrill seeker. These day trips from NYC take five hours or less, so start planning now—and get ready to hang on for dear life.

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Enjoy a spectacular night of roller disco at the new The DiscOasis at Wollman Rink. Nile Rodgers has curated a special playlist of "skate-worthy, groove-inducing tracks for the night's local DJ to spin fresh for skaters and dancers. Tickets for the experience—which first launched to much fanfare in Los Angeles—are available for purchase right here.

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