Now that summer is officially here, July 4th weekend is just around the corner! While many city dwellers opt for greener pastures when the holiday hits, the most intrepid New Yorkers choose to stay on their home turf, watching the crowds on the normally jam-packed city streets thin out as the season’s most exciting events heat up. If you’ll be in the city this Independence Day weekend, here’s where to head:
Check out the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest:
A celebration as weird and unique as the city itself, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest has become a must-visit event on July 4th each year. Watch in awe (or horror) as the world’s foremost competitive eaters show off their skills by downing dog after dog. If you’re still hungry after their displays of gastrointestinal prowess, you can stop into Nathan’s for a bite, too.
Head to Riis Beach:
Relax in the sun and sand this Independence Day by planning a trip to Riis Beach! This pristine city beach doesn’t draw the crowds you’ll encounter in the Hamptons, making it the perfect place to relax with a cold drink, ride the waves, or just catch up with a good book. While you’re there, make sure to check out the Beach Bazaar, where musical acts will be performing and local food vendors will be plying their wares.
Celebrate at the Brooklyn Barge:
Rub elbows with the who’s who of NYC this summer by hitting up the Brooklyn Barge, a bar-turned-boat in Greenpoint this 4th of July. Home to one of the city’s best Independence Day parties, you can enjoy cold drinks, great food, and even better company at this waterfront celebration that offers one of the best views of the fireworks in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Catch the East River fireworks display:
Nothing says Independence Day like fireworks, and fortunately, New York is home to numerous displays this year. Catch Jersey City’s fireworks display along Manhattan’s west side or check out the Macy’s fireworks celebration from Brooklyn and Manhattan locations. No matter where you’re watching from, the sparkling lights over the city are sure to fill you with patriotic pride.
Celebrate the 4th of July the way it was meant to be enjoyed this year with one of New York’s Independence Day Celebrations. Whether you’re spending the day at a bar or on the beach, you’re sure to have a great time in the Big Apple!
Note: This is a guest post by Candace Schaffer; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as Brickell Flatiron , 88 and 90 Lexington Avenue, and 53 West 53.