4th of July in New York 2023

4th of July in New York

On the 4th of July it is Independence Day in New York. Independence Day is one of the most important holidays in the United States. New Yorkers definitely know how to celebrate it and if you are in New York on the 4th of July then you really should celebrate it too!


What happens during Independence Day in New York?

For Independence Day a lot of New York residents leave the city and head to Long Island and Fire Island to barbecue with the family. Trains headed to the beaches are packed but no one is in a rush.

The 4th of July is also one of the few days of the year when many shops are closed. Most (clothing) stores will not be open that day. Banks, schools and (post)offices are also closed. Museums and, for example, the Top of the Rock and One World Observatory are open.

What can you do on the 4th of July in New York?

A lot of people expect there to be a parade on the 4th of July in New York, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. New York does, however have an incredible fireworks display that draws the attention of three million spectators!. The fireworks display showcases 48.000 fireworks and lasts 25 minutes. It is one of the biggest fireworks displays in the world.

Where can I see the fireworks display?

If you are in New York on the 4th of July, don’t miss out on the fireworks that start at around 21:15-21:30 on the East River around Midtown Manhattan. The display can best be seen from Long Island City, Greenpoint in Brooklyn, or from Midtwon Manhattan between 14th and 50th Street. However, there will be 3 million people watching, some come as early as 11:00 a.m. to ensure that they get a great spot.  If you don’t feel like doing this, there are alternative options:

See the Fireworks from a Dinner Cruise

A great option to enjoy Independence Day and the fireworks is to take a dinner cruise. Many of the dinner cruises offer a 5-course meal and a premium open bar. On the luxury cruise you are treated to appetisers and a live DJ as well. Everyone is expected to dress up and some of the yachts will only accommodate 200 guests.

Read more about 4th of July Dinner Cruises here

Evening Boat Tour

If you don’t want to take a dinner cruise, but do want to have a great view of the fireworks then I suggest taking an evening boat tour. The boats leave at around 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. giving you plenty of time to enjoy the sights of New York before seeing the fireworks. These tours offer food and drinks for purchase on board and some cruises might also have entertainment. These boat tours are cheaper than the Dinner Cruises.

Read more about 4th of July Evening Cruises here

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4th of July at The Penthouse at Ravel Hotel

Celebrate the 4th of July at The Penthouse at Ravel Hotel in Long Island City with the whole family. Enjoy the views over the Manhattan skyline and the fireworks with a drink in hand from the open bar. There will also be complimentary appetisers and a live DJ.

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4th of July at the Empire State Building

Tickets for 2023 will cost $500 or more and are not available yet. Send me an email if you would like to get a notification when the tickets are available: eric@newyorkcity.ca

The Empire State Building will open its doors for an exclusive 4th of July celebration for all ages. Begin the evening on the 80th floor where you will be welcomed at the private reception with open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Later you can move to the observation deck on the 86th floor, for a once in a lifetime view of the Macy’s firework display. For me, the Empire State Building is the most iconic place to be on the 4th of July.

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4th of July at SUMMIT

You can now celebrate the Independence Day at New York City’s newest observation deck: the Summit One Vanderbilt. Enjoy one of America’s biggest holidays in a very special setting, with a premium open bar and snacks, and exclusive access to all three floors of the observation deck. Not to mention the spectacular views over the city and the annual Macy’s 4th of July firework show. Please note that there is limited outdoor space.

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4th of July at Elsie Rooftop

Do you prefer to spend the Fourth of July on land rather than on a cruise? Then visit Elsie Rooftop. While sipping a cocktail on the 25th floor, take in views of Manhattan. Please note: Macy’s Fireworks Show cannot be seen from Elsie Rooftop.

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What can I expect from the firework display? Check out my video below:

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