New York City provides a unique American backdrop for July 4th Independence Day celebrations. The city contains iconic historical and cultural landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty and Coney Island. It is one of the best locations in the country to observe the holiday and enjoy traditional summertime festivities. From its role in the American Revolution to the attacks on September 11th, New York has played pivotal roles in the nation’s history. The city hosts one of the most patriotic observances in the country.
Holiday travelers to New York can tour the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of America’s freedom or have a summertime picnic in Central or Prospect Park before heading to the Coney Island Boardwalk. America’s first amusement park is the location for the annual, world-famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. More than 40,000 people gather to watch this century-old contest each July 4th.
In the evening, residents and visitors will line the banks of the Hudson River for Macy’s dazzling 4th of July Fireworks display. The event includes musical performances as well as one of the largest pyrotechnic displays in the country. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:20 PM and last approximately 30 minutes. Six barges will launch over 40,000 shells from their strategic positions on the Hudson River. The best locations for viewing the colorful exhibition in the city are between 23rd and 59th Streets.