July 4th unites Americans across the country to join in celebrating 241 years of independence in the United States. The day will be filled with cookouts, beach visits, fireworks shows and so much more. Here are some of the best 4th of July events in or around NYC that aren’t only a ton of fun, but they represent the true meaning of the patriotic holiday.
Fun and Patriotic 4th of July Events for 2017
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
One of New York City’s most attended 4th of July events is Macy’s annual fireworks show. NBC will telecast the live show starting at 8 p.m., but the fireworks won’t begin until it’s sufficiently dark out.
This year’s show will be Macy’s 41st annual celebration in New York City. For the fourth straight year, the fireworks will be launching from barges between 24th St. and 41st St. along the East River. Although the show will last only 25 minutes, more than 60,000 firework shells are expected to be launched.
Like every other year, the West Point Band will be on hand to perform a dynamic, patriotic score to supplement the awe-inspiring display. The night, hosted by American Ninja Warrior’s Akbar Gbajabiamila, Matt Iseman and Kristine Leahy, will also be highlighted with tunes from some of the hottest acts in music, such as:
- Brad Paisley
- Hailee Steinfeld
- Lady Antebellum
Where to Watch
If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the action but can’t make it out to Midtown, the East Village or Brooklyn, check out some of the viewing locations in Long Island City. Otherwise, just try to be somewhere with views of the East River, below the Queens Midtown Tunnel.
2017 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest
Whether you were interested in the results or just plain repulsed, you’ve undoubtedly watched the Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest at some point in your life. Since 1972, the world’s most famous food eating competition has taken place on the 4th of July in Coney Island, Brooklyn, at the corner of Surf and Stillwell.
The 2017 Contest
If you attend the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest, you’re bound to see a heated competition between Joey Chestnut, world record holder and nine-time champion, as well as Matt Stonie. Who will win the Mustard Belt this 4th of July? You’ll just have to come out and see.
Instead of watching the action on television, make your way down to Coney Island to watch the contest in person this year. Pair it with a trip to the beach or Luna Park, where you can take a ride on the historic Coney Island Cyclone.
These are two of the most essential 4th of July events to attend in New York City (and maybe even the world), so 2017 is the perfect year to check them out first-hand!