If you’re in New York this Independence Day, you’re in luck, because there are several options as to how you can celebrate America’s 240th birthday. If you’re looking to drop more than a few dollars, head to restaurants like The Water Club for a five course, America themed dinner. Or, if you and your friends just want to grab a few drinks and secure a rooftop location for fireworks, head to Hotel Indigo or Hotel Kimberly for drink specials and great views. From family-friendly festivals to rowdier BBQ block parties, there are several ways to celebrate 4th of July in NYC.
This Independence Day weekend (July 3rd & 4th), the South Street Seaport will host a party of delicious culinary offerings via Smorgasburg, live music, art, and fashion offerings. Bands on the bill include Wild Nothings, Porches, and D.R.A.M, with performances ranging from rock to soul to hip-hop. There will also be a stage showing family programming from 1-8PM to accommodate those with little ones. Two barges will be set up along the East River for spectacular views of Macy’s annual 4th of July fireworks. For everything the South Street Seaport Festival of Independence offers on 4th of July weekend, and without any cost for admission, we think it’s worth it to brave the crowds and head downtown.
What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with one of the nation’s most beloved rock bands? The evening of the 4th, The Beach Boys will be performing at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. The Beach Boys, led by longtime members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, are currently on their “Good Vibrations 50th Anniversary Tour”. Though Brian Wilson isn’t joining them for this tour, we’re certain that with support of new backing members, The Beach Boys will be able to pull off the same energetic live shows of the past. Not to mention, this is the first season of concerts for the newly erected Coney Island Amphitheatre. The Beach Boys are certainly an epic choice to establish what could be one of the best new outdoor venues in NYC.
Considering the luxurious vibes and poolside availability at Mr. Purple, we think their annual 4th of July party is quite a steal. Located on the 15th floor of Lower Manhattan’s Hotel Indigo, the restaurant Mr. Purple is perfectly located to view the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks. In addition to the incredible views and a fancy atmosphere, Mr. Purple will be offering patrons specialty and classic cocktails, traditional american fare (specifically Sabrett hot dogs), and DJs providing music before and after the fireworks. Plus, deals on buckets of Budweiser and Bud Light. But really, you can’t beat watching the 40th Annual Macy’s 4th of July fireworks poolside from one of NYC’s premier hotels.
First: This suggestion is primarily for couples or groups that are willing to drop a big dollar on their 4th of July experience. So, if you’re looking to make this Independence Day really special, we suggest heading over to The Water Club for a night of unbeatable views, spectacular food, and a four hour long open bar. For a pretty hefty price, those who choose to spend their 4th of July at The Water Club will have varying access to the building and its various decks and dining rooms based on what you paid for. Options range from a finer, five course meal in the main dining room with expansive views of the river, to the American themed buffet located on the Main Bar. Reservations to The Water Club are required, and since this restaurant is a hot spot year round, we suggest booking soon.
Though not actually located in a backyard, Flatiron’s famous American restaurant The Gander will be hosting their third annual “Backyard Bash”, an all you can eat and all you can drink, Independence Day themed event. For just $120 dollars, guests are invited to eat from a gourmet menu of American food, such as mac and cheese, pork shoulder, and homemade corn dogs. Guests are also welcome to unlimited draft beer, holiday punch, rose, and more. The “Backyard Bash” takes place during the day and will end food/drink service around 7PM, so there will be plenty of time to head to a firework viewing spot before the show starts.
Last year, thanks to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar promoters, Jacob Riis Beach became the new destination for locals looking for a good time. By accommodating live music, incredible food offerings, pop-up shops from local artists, hula hoops and more, Jacob Riis Beach was transformed to the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, which now hosts the “Get Summered” concert series. The “Get Summered” organizers have booked several DJs to keep the party going well into the evening. Be warned: “Get Summered” at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar will definitely be filled with partiers on Independence Day, but if you can hang, you’ll have an amazing time getting “summered”.
What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than by taking part in its most beloved, homegrown sport? The Mets will be playing their first of three consecutive games against the Florida Marlins on July 4th. Though the Citi Field crowd will certainly be revved up on Independence Day, we think a Mets game is a great family-friendly option for those with kids. Win or lose, Citi Field will be giving a fireworks show to fans after the game, along with many other 4th of July themed hijinks throughout.
The most obvious and remarkable Independence Day event in NYC is definitely the Macy’s Fireworks display. The show will begin at approximately 9:30 PM on July 4th, with fireworks coming from two separate barges along the east river. The Macy’s fireworks barges will be located near Pier 17 and between 23rd and 37th street, so we suggest to find viewing spots a good distance away from the barges in order to take in the entire show. Though it’s certain to be crowded, we’ve found that the best views of the Macy’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks show are from Brooklyn or Lower Manhattan, right along the East River. A few well known locations include Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and Williamsburg’s East River State Park.
In just a pier over from the South Street Seaport Festival of Independence is “Freedom Fest” at Pier 15. Promoters of “Freedom Fest” rightfully boast the views of Macy’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks from the pier. And since this year will be the 40th Annual Celebration, we think it’s worth it to secure a spot to watch the epic show. “Freedom Fest” will be serving summer cocktails alongside a “BBQ Buffet” stocked with the classic 4th of July food offerings all evening beginning at 6:15. Due to its prime location, views of the fireworks over the Hudson, and an all you can eat BBQ buffet, we think “Freedom Fest” at Pier 15 is one of the best options for experiencing Independence Day to the fullest.