4th of July in New York 2021

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 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 (post)offices are also closed. Museums and for example the Top of the Rock and Empire State Building are open (the Empire State Building closes at 7:00 p.m.).

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 40.000 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 9:00-9:15 p.m. on the East River. The display can best be seen from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, or from Lower Manhattan between the Manhattan Bridge and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. 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 cruise. The cruises 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. Cruises offer food and drinks for purchase on board and some cruises might also have DJ entertainment. These cruises are cheaper than the Dinner Cruises.

Read more about 4th of July Evening Cruises here

The Total 4th of July Experience

Do you want to experience a real 4th of July? This might be something for you. It’s a whole day program including a BBQ on an outdoor terrace with views of Times Square. Afterwards you’ll get a bus tour through Lower Manhattan. The highlight of the day is an evening cruise with a dinner buffet and of course the view of the fireworks. This exclusive, limited tour will sell out fast, so don’t wait too long to book.

Book your Total 4th of July Experience here

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4th of July at the Empire State Building

Tickets for 2021 are not available yet. Send me an email if you would like to get a notification when the tickets are available: [email protected]

The Empire State Building will open its doors for an exclusive 4th of July celebration. The evening starts at the 80th floor, where you’ll be welcomed for a private reception with premium open bar and hors d’oeuvres. At 9:00 p.m. you can move to the observation deck at the 86th floor, for a once in a lifetime view of Macy’s fireworks.

Book your tickets for the 4th of July Celebration at the Empire State Building

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

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