Things to Do for the Fourth of July in New York City

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around New York City this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Macy’s Fireworks

The nation’s largest Independence Day celebration is right here in New York! Macy’s always puts on a fantastic firework show and if you can get yourself to a good viewing spot, you’re in for a treat! The only trouble is, as of right now, we’re not sure where they’ll be launched from. Macy’s usually changes up the location they launch from, including whether they’re launching from the Hudson or the East River. Be sure to stay tuned here to find out the location when it does get announced!

Fireworks Cruise

If you want the best chance of an unobstructed view of the fireworks, book yourself on a fireworks cruise. There are lots of different styles of cruises available, so you might have to dig to find the one that’s right for you (and your budget). Here are a couple of options to get you started:

·   Full Moon – An exclusive and intimate adults-only cruise on a restored vintage yacht.

·   Circle Line – A family-friendly and relatively affordable cruise with a live DJ.

·   Manhattan II – a large luxury vessel, bookings come with private tables and hors d’oeuvres.

Go to a Baseball Game

As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And New York City’s baseball teams, the Yankees and the Mets just happen to be facing off this year on July 4th. The evening game starts at 7:08 pm over at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Tickets will be sold in limited numbers called “pods” to try to keep social distancing and limited capacity within the stadium. At the time of writing, Yankee Stadium is allowed to be at 33% capacity, but more pods will get released as local regulations change. Check back here for more information as the 4th approaches.

Rockaway Beach

Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July! And New York City’s favorite beach is arguably Rockaway Beach in Queens. Located on a barrier island in the Atlantic Ocean, the area is super cute with pastel-colored condos.

The beach is vibrant and lively, with all sorts of things going on. You’ll find a boardwalk over FIVE MILES long that you can stroll and people watch. All along it are vendors selling delicious summer treats and drinks. If you’re feeling sporty, the beach is popular for volleyball, surfing, and even skateboarding. It’s also a great swimming beach.

You can easily spend the whole day at Rockaway Beach, as there are public restrooms, BBQ areas to make a meal, and playgrounds to keep the kids entertained.

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