Celebrate Independence Day 2018 in New York at these Amazing Events!

Out of the entire year, the 4th of July is definitely one celebration that truly encourages every American to go all out, and the citizens of New York are no different. From parades and firework displays to tons of fun family-friendly activities vying for the top spot, you’ll probably want to go for all of it. However, it’s always best to take it easy and have fun without tiring yourself out, so we’ve taken the liberty of listing down the top events to look forward to in the bustling city of New York:


Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks @ East River

For the largest display of fireworks in the U.S., there’s nothing bigger and more spectacular than Macy’s fireworks.


Things to Look Forward to:

  • The massive fireworks display from several locations (starts at around 9:25 p.m.)
  • Music performances by several notable artists, including Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton

Note: There are several locations and restaurants that provide a great vantage point for viewing the fireworks. However, you can also watch a live broadcast of the event on TV if you don’t intend to mingle with the crowd.


Location: Along the East River. View from Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.

Date: 4 July, 2018

Admission: FREE

Website: https://www.macys.com/social/fireworks/where-to-watch/


Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest @ Coney Island

Although eating contests can be found throughout the year, Nathan’s epic Hot Dog Eating Contest is on another level, having just celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.


Things to Look Forward to:

  • A live competitive snack-down (women’s at 11 a.m. and men’s at 12:30 p.m.)
  • Musical and dance performances (starts at 10 a.m.)

Note: Even if you’re not joining as a contestant, there’s nothing more riveting than cheering down the most talented gluttons as they race to eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes!


Location: Nathan’s Flagship Restaurant, Corner of Stillwell Ave at Coney Island

Time and Date: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.(4 July, 2018)

Admission: FREE

Contact: 516-338-8500

Website: https://nathansfamous.com/promos-and-fanfare/hot-dog-eating-contest/


Fireworks Cruise @ East River

You don’t have to get your feet wet in order to enjoy a relaxing cruise down the East River. For more fun, food, and festivities this 4th of July, this is one event you won’t want to miss.


Things to Look Forward to:

  • American picnic foods buffet
  • Unobstructed view of fireworks shows
  • Indoor and outdoor viewing decks
  • An open bar
  • Dancing with live DJ music

Note: The entire cruise will take approximately four hours. All drinks and food are to be purchased separately on board.


Location: Departs from and returns to Manhattan Midtown on the East River

Time and Date: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (4 July, 2018)

Ticket Price: $195/person

Purchase Tickets Online: http://attractions.timeout.com/en/11312/tours


Beach Party @ Coney Island

What’s a party without barbecues and booze, huh? Well, if you’re a fan of the beach, you’re going to have a great time at Coney Island, and the best part about it all is that you can start as early as you want!


Things to Look Forward to:

  • Fireworks show (starts at 9:30 p.m.)
  • Live entertainment and boardwalk games
  • Amusement park rides

Note: You can also enjoy free Friday Night Fireworks on Coney Island until 31 August.


Location: Coney Island, Brooklyn

Time and Date: 4 July, 2018

Admission: FREE

Website: http://coneyislandfunguide.com/


Midsummer Night Swing @ Lincoln Center 

Ready for a night of dancing to the Mambo Legends Orchestra? It’s time to get your dancing shoes on because there’s plenty of adrenaline sizzling in the air!


Things to Look Forward to:

  • Danceathon (starts at 6 p.m.)
  • Live mambo music (starts at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Open-air dance floor

Note: Early birds get to enjoy a free dance class before joining in the fun.


Location: Damrosch Park, W 62nd St, New York

Time and Date: Starts at 6 p.m. (4 July, 2018)

Ticket Price: $17 - $25/person

Purchase Tickets Online: https://tickets.lincolncenter.org/booking/production/

Website: http://www.lincolncenter.org/midsummer-night-swing


To get the most out of the 4th of July celebrations in and around the Big Apple, you’ll want to ease up on driving. With all the crowds and traffic out and about, our experienced New York chauffeurs are more than able to get you to and from your destination in the quickest and most pain-free time possible. For the best rates and vehicles available, just give us a call or book our services online!

Posted on Jul 03 2018

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