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What to do in NYC on July 4th

Enjoy 4th of July the NYC way!

No matter the holiday, NYC offers some of the best events out there. From dinner cruises to brunch parties and views of the fireworks - here’s what the city has in store for us this 4th of July.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks is one of the most anticipated fireworks - and after 2020’s hiatus, they’re back! In a press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said “I'm happy to announce that America's biggest fireworks display is back. They are bringing the full-scale fireworks show as we have loved it for decades and decades back to New York City for all of us to enjoy. This will be the biggest show yet. Literally, Macy's is putting together the biggest fireworks display they've ever had.”

This year, over 65,000 shells will be launched off of five different barges on the East River. The fireworks will start at 9:25 pm and will go on for a whole 25 minutes. 

You’ll be able to catch the fireworks from many different spots around the city - and if you want to stay at home, then tune into NBC between 8 pm - 10 pm. 

The Day Party with Doja Cat

Celebrate Independence Day at Coney Island with an exclusive live performance by Doja Cat. The event will also feature DJs like DJ Spade, DJ Suss One, DJ Ria, and more. 

Timings - 2 pm onwards 

Price - $59 onwards 

Where -  3050 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

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4th of July Cruise around the city 

With the city completely open, many cruise lines and party boats are ready to take us on a trip this 4th of July. Some of our favorite ones are those with lots of food, drinks, and great views of the fireworks around the city. 

Bateaux 4th of July Premier Dinner Cruise by Hornblower Cruises 

A dinner cruise in New York City definitely creates an unforgettable night. Grab your friends and join other cruisers on the East and Hudson Rivers to see the beautiful views of the city from an enclosed glass deck. 

The cruise includes:

  • Four-hour dinner cruise on the East and Hudson Rivers.
  • Front-row seats to the iconic Macy's fireworks display over the storied New York Skyline.
  • Delicious plated dinner with freshly prepared entrees, salads, and desserts.
  • Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and water.
  • Guaranteed table for your party size.
  • Curated music performance by a 3-piece acoustic band and a female vocalist.
  • Panoramic, breathtaking views of the NYC skyline from a fully glass-enclosed deck.

Silver Package Includes: 

  • Platinum Open Bar.

Gold Package Includes: 

  • Platinum Open Bar.
  • Deluxe Champagne (1 bottle per 2 guests).
  • Souvenir Champagne Flutes.

Platinum Package Includes: 

  • Platinum Open Bar.
  • Deluxe Champagne (1 bottle per 2 guests).
  • Souvenir Champagne Flutes.
  • Window Table.

Extras & Upgrades:

  • Creative cocktails, wine, and beer from a well-stocked cash bar.
  • Window table reservations for the best views.
  • Additional upgrades to customize your experience.

Timings - 
Board: 5:30pm | Cruise: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Where - 
Departing from Pier 61, Chelsea Piers | West 23rd and 12th Ave, New York, New York

Price - 
Silver Ticket Package - $499
Gold Ticket Package - $559
Platinum Ticket Package - $559

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Liberty Cruise - Circle Line July 4th Fireworks Cruise

Celebrate Independence Day with food, fun, fireworks, and a full bar. Circle Line's 4th of July boat cruise sails down the Hudson River and around the tip of Manhattan, showing off gorgeous views of the NYC skyline, and some of the city’s most famous landmarks like the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Observatory, and of course, the Statue of Liberty. Have your cameras ready for some epic Instagrammable moments. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • No outside food or beverages are allowed on board.
  • Views of the fireworks may vary on the vessel and the exact location of the fireworks display is yet to be determined.
  • All individuals, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket for the event.

Timings -
Boarding: 6:00pm | Departure: 6:45pm | Return: Between 11:00pm - 12:00am 

Price - 
Standard Adult Ticket - $129; Child (3-12) $99

Where - Pier 83 - West 42nd Street & West Side Highway

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Liberty Cruise 4th of July Brunch Cruise

If you’re looking to start your celebrations early, then the Liberty 4th of July brunch cruise is the place to be. Get ready to experience some of the city’s best views, along with some great food and drinks. Don’t forget to dress in your best. 

Here’s what you should look forward to:

Three Admissions Available:

  • Sky Deck Outdoor seating, with access to Sky, Upper & First Decks.
  • Upper Deck Indoor seating, with access to Upper Deck (indoor & outdoor) & First Deck.
  • First Deck Indoor seating, with access to Upper Deck outdoor & First Deck.
  • Sky Deck Outdoor Admission Exclusive: Priority boarding, Sky Deck access.

Drinks Included in All Admissions:

  • Bottomless Mimosas plus complimentary coffee, tea, or juice. More drink options are available for purchase onboard.

Delicious Brunch Included in All Admissions:

  • A four-course brunch featuring Grilled Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast, New York Style Cheesecake, and many more.
  • Each adult will get to select one appetizer, one first course, one entrée, and one dessert after completion of an order.  Each kid will get to select one appetizer, one first course, one kid entrée, and one dessert.

Timings - 11:30am | Cruising: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Price - 
Sky Deck Outdoor Seating - $139 (Adults), $109 (Kids)
Upper Deck Indoor Seating - $119 (Adults), $89 (Kids)
First Deck Indoor Seating - $99 (Adults), $69 (Kids)

Where - 
Pier 36, 299 South St, New York, NY 10002

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Head on over to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants

New York City is home to some of the greatest bars and restaurants and what better time than the 4th to indulge in a food and drink-filled afternoon/evening. 

Here’s what we’re looking forward to -

4th of July party at 230 Fifth

230 Fifth is one of the best rooftops in the city, so we are not giving up a chance to party there. Get ready for a night filled with music, dance, food, and drinks. The 5th Avenue spot not only offers a great setting but also has an enviable view of the Macy’s fireworks. 

Timings - 9 pm onwards. 

Price - Free entry, food, and drinks available for purchase. 

Where - 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001.

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July 4th Rooftop Brunch at The DL

A premier Hip Hop and Trap Brunch at the DL awaits your presence. Get your drinks on with a 2-hour open bar, and entree options ranging from chicken & waffles, steak & eggs, calamari, chicken wings, and more. The rooftop is also a great spot to enjoy fireworks around the city.

Timings - 2 pm to 10 pm

Price - $65 per table

Where - The DL, 95 Delancey Street, New York, NY 10002

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The Greens

While The Greens hasn’t specifically announced an event dedicated to the day yet, its rooftop has one of the best views out there. The outdoor space covers the entire roof of Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, and you and your friends get your own personal ‘pod’ for the night. Order an array of cocktails from their menu. Lately, we’ve been loving the French Trotter, made with Grey Goose Poire, St Germain, lime juice, and ginger beer. You can also try their signature The Greens 75, which is made with Sipsmith Gin, lemon juice, Simple Syrup, sparkling wine, and a lemon twist. 

Did we mention they also do a mean Summer Crush frozen cocktail? The Summer Crush is made with Rosé S'il Vous Plaît, Grey Goose Essence Strawberry Lemongrass, simple syrup, Strawberry. 

Plus, the food menu also has some mouthwatering dishes on it, like the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, mini lobster rolls, sunflower seed hummus, and many other equally delectable options. 

Timings - 11 am to 11 pm 

Where - 89 South St, New York, NY 1003

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Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest 2021

Hearty eaters compete to see who can chow down the most hot dogs in record time. The event is set to take place in Coney Island, where you can watch many strong of stomach stuff their faces with delicious franks - fighting for the first spot. Last year, Joey Chestnut of Indianapolis set a new world record by consuming 75 hot dogs in 10 minutes! 

*The women’s contest will start at 11 am, and the men’s will commence at 12:30 pm. 

Timings - Starts at 11 am

Price - Free ticketed entry 

Where - 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

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