How New Yorkers Actually Celebrate the Fourth of July
NYC feels like the embodiment of the American spirit. For people all over the world, it represents freedom, innovation, and a hard-headed sort of independence. In our opinion, there’s no better way to celebrate our nation than by spending it in a city that sparkles and sings of the American spirit on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean we’re recommending Coney Island for the Hot Dog Eating Contest. Here’s how New Yorkers actually celebrate Independence Day in the city.
Go to the beach
We know they’re far, but New York’s beaches make for a great day activity on the 4th. One favorite: The Jacob Riis Beach and its summer bazaar. Located on the sunny Southwestern end of the Rockaway Peninsula, Jacob Riis Park is a popular destination for locals looking for an escape from scorched city streets. Head there on the Fourth of July to cool off, listen to music, graze from food trucks, and enjoy fireworks.
Head out on a yacht
New Yorkers love a day on the water. One of the best ways to enjoy the holiday is on a yacht in New York Harbor. Cruise around with skyline views and the champagne flowing all day. What could be better? Check out our guide to New York’s best day-cruises here.
See the fireworks
Yes, you should see the fireworks. Shot from atop seven barges on the East River, Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks are the some of the largest, and most dazzling in the United States. Snag a viewing site early along FDR Drive, or consider buying a ringside seat of the spectacle at Riverpark—a farm-to-table restaurant with stellar backyard views of the river.