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 Times Square in Manhattan this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.
The nation’s largest Independence Day celebration is right here in New York! Macy’s always puts on a fantastic fireworks 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. Luckily, with its central location, Times Square can quickly get you to a good viewing point no matter where Macy’s decides to launch the fireworks this year. Be sure to stay tuned here to find out the location when it does get announced!
Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July! While it’s a bit of a trek, the easiest beach to get to from Times Square is Coney Island. Simply hop on the Q train, ride it to the end of the line, and you’ll be there in just an hour!
Once there, enjoy this huge, sandy beach which usually has tame, family-friendly waves. There’s also a really fun boardwalk with shops where you can get ice cream, drinks, fish and chips, and of course -Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs! Make a full day of it by spending time in Luna Park playing arcade games and riding amusement park rides like The Cyclone, a wooden roller coaster that’s been thrilling revelers since 1927. Take a spin around the Wonder Wheel, too, for lovely views of the ocean.
Coney Island normally has some fun events on July 4th, though it’s not yet confirmed if they can happen due to COVID. But hopefully, you’ll be able to watch Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and some epic fireworks.
Go to a Baseball Game
As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And the New York Mets just happen to be playing the New York Yankees this year on July 4th. The evening game starts at 7:08 pm over at Yankee Stadium. It only takes about 25 minutes to get to the stadium from Times Square, and there are several train options to get you there.
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.
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