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Tips on How to Spend 4th of July in NYC

Tips on How to Spend 4th of July in NYC


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.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest - Image Michael Tapp
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest – Image Michael Tapp

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.

Jacob Riis Park Image Florence Wang
Jacob Riis Park Image Florence Wang

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.

Image The Brooklyn Barge
Image The Brooklyn Barge

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.

Macy's fireworks over the East River Image Diana Robinson
Macy’s fireworks over the East River Image Diana Robinson

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.



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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Dan
    July 1, 2017 at 5:10 am

    NYC seems like an amazing place to celebrate the 4th, and this article proves it. Riis Beach looks amazing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 3, 2017 at 10:15 am

      I agree, Dan! Thanks. I’m looking forward to celebrating with my family 🙂

  2. Dannielle
    July 3, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I’ve never actually been to NYC in the summertime, despite having lived there for a few months and visited before that. Next time I go it will definitely be in the summer months, so hopefully I get to celebrate my first 4th July there!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 3, 2017 at 10:20 am

      That would be so much fun! I hope it all works out, Dannielle.

  3. melody pittman
    July 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Great suggestions. I have never been to NYC for the 4th. In fact, this is my first 4th in Florida and I’m about to have a heat stroke. Heading to my nice cool Panama house next week and not a moment too soon. Have a happy holiday!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 5, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you! It was a fun day with the family. Have an incredible time in Panama! Looking forward to your posts.

  4. Carol Colborn
    July 4, 2017 at 5:46 am

    It’s too bad we are not spending July 4 in the US! It is not the same!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 5, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Maybe next year, Carol! 🙂

  5. Mags
    July 5, 2017 at 9:59 am

    NYC is the perfect place to celebrate the 4th. This might be un-American, I have to admit that hotdog eating contests gross me out.

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 5, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Ha, you have to have a strong stomach just to watch! Don’t worry, Mags 😉

  6. Cindy Ladage
    August 5, 2017 at 7:28 am

    This sounds like a wonderful way to spend Independence Day have to plan for this in the future .

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Definitely, Cindy! I hope you had fun this year.

  7. Nikola Webster
    November 13, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    You are brave! I can’t think of anything worse than spending July 4th or New Year’s Eve in NYC. It’s my favorite city on the planet but I can’t do the big crowds. I did crack up about Nathans Hot Dog Competition though. We’ve been to Nathans and we watch the competition on TV every year. I don’t know why because it’s gross but also ridiculously funny…. Nikki

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 16, 2020 at 12:29 am

      I agree, so funny! 🙂

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