Most New Yorkers will look to escape the city’s hot and humid temperatures on the 4th of July this year by heading to cooler, outer city limits destinations such as the Hamptons and Jersey Shore. But you don’t have to leave the Big Apple in order to enjoy patriotic celebrations. NYC has plenty to offer. Here’s a list of places that will help you commemorate the country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence from England on July 4, 1776 with a bang!
America’s largest birthday bash. This year’s annual firework display,
Macy’s 37, will be designed by Usher, who will also score the musical
40,000 shells will be launched from barges situated on the Hudson River between
24th and 40th Streets. But you won’t be able to see it from Brooklyn and
Queens, so you’ll have to venture out to Manhattan’s West Side (Twelfth Avenue
and the West Side Highway) for optimal viewing.
Brooklyn and Queens are being shunned by Macy’s for the fifth straight
year, you may want to find other firework spectaculars if you’d rather not stray
too far from home base.
it’s not exactly July 4, the night before Independence Day, Queens’ Citi Field
will be the site of a spectacular firework extravaganza following the 7:10 p.m.
Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Alliance for Coney Island are joining
forces to host a 4th of July merriment and firework demonstration at MCU Park.
Attendees will be treated to a pig roast, a “Beers of New York” Beer Garden, a
special performance by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, live music from oldies
and Top 40 cover bands, and family activities including the “Fastest Arm in Brooklyn
Competition” on the Brooklyn Cyclones’ speed pitch.
is free. However, contributions will be accepted to benefit the Brooklyn Public
Library and ConeyRecovers — an initiative of local organizations working
together to assist with the recovery of the Coney Island community, which was
heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
gates will be open at 4:30 p.m. and culminate with a fantastic fireworks
exhibition at 9 p.m.
more patriotic than a good, old-fashioned parade on the nation’s celebration of
independence? Holding true to the grand, time-honored American parade tradition
is the neighborhood of Travis, located on Staten Island’s West Shore. Travis
will be hosting its 103rd Annual 4th of July Parade, the longest Independence
Day celebration of its variety in the United States—a true testament to its
traditional, small town-like values.
year’s Grand Marshal is Rev. John J. Wroblewski, The pastor at St. Anthony
of Padua R.C. Church in Travis for the past 13 years. The Parade will commence
at 12:30 at the Showplace Center, located at 141 East Service Road.
the premier event on the competitive eating circuit, countless people flock to
the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch contenders
devour as many Nathan’s Famous Franks and Buns as possible in 10 minutes for
the highly coveted Nathan’s Mustard Belt.
to Brooklyn historical records, the contest has occurred each July 4 in Coney
Island, NY, since 1916 — the year Nathan Handwerker debuted the renowned
restaurant. The competition has grown in epic proportions over time,
garnering ESPN telecast coverage, with over 1 million viewers glued to the boob
tube in 2012.
Chestnut, 29, of San Jose, CA, holds the current world record for eating 68
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, and he will vie for his
seventh consecutive title this year – another world record if he succeeds.
Thomas, 47, of Alexandria, VA, will defend her belt as Female Champion. She
downed 45 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes last year, setting a new women’s
world record. That’s a remarkable accomplishment for the diminutive Thomas, who
is a mere 5-feet and 100 pounds, and also goes by her moniker the Black Widow
for her ability to out-consume the male competition.
festivities will kickoff at noon, but crowds will gather well before the
Beach in the Bronx (1 Orchard Beach Road in Pelham Bay Park)
lounging on the beach and soaking up the sun’s rays are more your speed, then
head to Bronx’s Orchard Beach, where you’ll enjoy the party-like atmosphere as
locals bang away on congas and bongos. Don’t be afraid to shake your patriotic
moneymaker, but make sure you wear sunscreen, because nothing spoils a good
time like a stinging red, white and blue sunburn.