4th of July in New York 2024

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 definitely 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, and (post)offices are also closed. Museums and, for example, the Top of the Rock and One World Observatory.

What can you do on the 4th of July in New York?

A lot of people expect there to be a parade, but unfortunately, there is no parade on the 4th of July in New York. New York does, however, have an incredible firework display that 3 million (!) spectators come to watch. The firework display has 48,000 fireworks and lasts 25 minutes. It is one of the biggest firework displays in the world.

Where can I see the firework display?

If you are in New York on the 4th of July, you should definitely not miss out on the fireworks. The fireworks start at around 21:15-21:30 on the Hudson River around Midtown Manhattan. The display can best be seen from Midtown Manhattan between 14th Street and 34th Street and from New Jersey. However, there will be 3 million people watching, some come as early as 11:00 am to ensure that they get a great viewing 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 boat tour. The boats leave at around 17:00 or 18:00 giving you plenty of time to enjoy the sights of New York before seeing the fireworks. These tours offer food and drinks for purchase onboard and some might also have entertainment. These boat tours are cheaper than Dinner Cruises.

Read more about 4th of July Evening Cruises here

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4th of July Parties

On Independence Day, different observation decks, rooftops and venues with views of the Hudson River organise parties where you can enjoy views of the fireworks show. Some parties include an open bar and food.

Read more about the 4th of July Parties here

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

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