4th of July in New York 2025

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! Go see the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks and have a great time with family and friends.

What happens during Independence Day in New York?

The 4th of July is all about food and having a good time with family and friends. Many New Yorkers gather in parks to barbecue, or they leave the city and head to Long Island and Fire Island to be with the family. Trains headed to the beaches are packed but no one is in a rush. In the city, the main Independence Day event is the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

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 Macy’s 4th of July 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 Hudson River around Midtown Manhattan. The display can best be seen from Midtown Manhattan between 14th and 34th Street, and from New Jersey. 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 Cruise

A great option to enjoy Independence Day and the fireworks is to take a cruise on the water. Many of the cruises offer a meal and a premium open bar and you are treated to appetisers and a live DJ as well. You’ll have a great view of the fireworks display and won’t have to worry about a thing.

Book a 4th of July Cruises here

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4th of July Parties

On Independence Day, different observation decks, rooftops and venues with views of the Hudson River organise parties where you can enjoy views of the fireworks show. Some parties include an open bar and food.

Read more about the 4th of July Parties here

What is open on 4th of July in New York?

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

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