The Best 4th Of July Events in NYC 2022

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Are you looking for what to do to celebrate the 4th of July in New York? You’re in luck, because NYC is one of the best cities to celebrate Independence Day. In addition to making your list of museums, bars, and restaurants to visit on 4th of July in NYC, there are a number of events you can only experience on this holiday weekend.

Independence Day takes place on Monday, July 4th, 2022, giving travelers to New York the whole weekend to take in New York before the big day.

To help you make the most of your time, we are highlighting the best and the biggest 4th of July events NYC has to offer on the 4th of July weekend. From family-friendly cruises and fireworks to hot dog-eating contests and lobster, you’re sure to have a spectacular weekend.

Must-See 4th of July Events NYC

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    Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks

    Other Events in Midtown Manhattan

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    If there’s one fireworks show to see when you visit New York City, it’s the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show. One of the most iconic fireworks displays in the United States, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.

    Each 4th of July beginning just after 9pm, the skies over New York City’s East River light up with a colorful, coordinated display. Sponsored by Macy’s, there are more than 60,000 shells launched off between four and six barges. For over 25 minutes, you’ll enjoy a celebration of America’s Independence Day. Not to be missed is the New York Fire Department’s contribution, as they shoot red, clear, and blue water 300 feet into the air from the fire boats they have stationed in the river, too.

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    Take Part In A Family Fireworks Cruise

    Cruise in Lower East Side


    A family trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a family-friendly cruise on the water. Since it’s 4th of July in NYC, you have the opportunity to make it even more special by taking in the annual NYC 4th of July fireworks with a cruise that lets you take in all of New York City’s monuments from a new angle.

    With the Family Fireworks Cruise, you’ll enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, and the whole NYC Skyline before getting an up close experience with the fireworks.

    Plus, the fireworks cruise itself is a great time for the whole family with a dinner buffet, DJs, open air deck, open bar (for the adults), and more. Boarding starts at 6pm at the Skyport Marina for a 6:45pm departure. The fireworks take place at 9pm, and you’ll be back at the dock by 10:15pm.

    My tip: Here you find the best 4th of July cruises in NYC for 2022.

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    Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship

    Other Events in Coney Island & Brighton Beach

    4th of July NYC Events

    For another 4th of July New York event that’s just as iconic as the fireworks show, come by Coney Island’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. Taking place at noon on July 4th, 2022, Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest pits the world’s greatest competitive eaters against each other in one of the most well-known contests.

    Officially sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, this event is often witnessed by thousands of people. The current record for the event is 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes, held by Joey Chestnut. Will you be there to see the record get broken?

    This free event is open to the public and takes place at Maimonides Park, at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

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    Coney Island 4th of July Fireworks

    Other Events in Coney Island & Brighton Beach

    The Coney Island Fireworks is a free event open to the public and held at the Riegelmann Boardwalk right on Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn.

    After the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship, stick around to see Coney Island’s spectacular display of fireworks. Visible from the boardwalk, this show generally starts at 10pm and lasts about fifteen minutes.

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    Observe Fireworks From New York City’s Most Impressive Buildings

    Building in Financial District

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    In 2021, New York’s most impressive and iconic buildings put up quite a show. At the 4th of July Party at One World Observatory, visitors have a chance to enjoy a great view of the One World Trade Center, enjoy drinks and bites, and an almost eye-level view of fireworks.

    Similarly, the Empire State Buildings had its own unique 4th of July NYC celebration. With a party split between the 80th floor and the observation deck on the 86th floor for the Macy’s fireworks, this is one of the most impressive ways to see the Macy’s fireworks display.

    We are still waiting on official word for the 2022 events, so keep your eye on this link for the official announcement by the Empire State Building and on this one for One World Observatory.

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    4th of July Fireworks And Food Festival

    Other Events in New Jersey

    Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks are undoubtedly impressive. Still, they’re not the only fireworks show in town! If you’re looking for a full festival experience, complete with great street food, music, and more, the Fireworks And Food Festival in Jersey City is just across the Hudson River.

    Complete with great views of New York and ideal for those families who are staying in New Jersey during their New York Trip, the Jersey City Fireworks and Food Festival is being hosted on Montgomery Street.

    This free event features food from the Jersey City Night Market, artisanal works, drinks, and music up till 9:30pm, when the food stops and the fireworks begin. For more details on this 4th of July Fireworks and Food Festival, head to the official event page.

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    Indulge Yourself At Lobster Fest

    Other Events in Coney Island & Brighton Beach

    If you arrive in NYC for the 4th of July weekend a few days early, you’ll have the chance to indulge yourself on one of the region’s most delicious foods: lobster! On Saturday, July 2nd, Lobster Fest NYC is scheduled to take place at Coney Art Walls.

    This Brooklyn-centric party features celebrated local radio station Hot 97 complimentary lobster and crab-inspired dishes from 3pm – 5pm, and complimentary tequila from 3pm – 4:30pm. Plus, local vendors will be selling creative and delicious lobster dishes fit for the whole family. If you’ll be in town, you won’t want to miss out. The event starts at 3pm and goes until 10pm. 

    To find out more about Lobster Fest, visit the event’s official page.

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    Roosevelt Island Fourth of July Family Fireworks Celebration

    Other Tours in Midtown Manhattan


    Roosevelt Island is hosting an annual 4th of July celebration, especially suited for families. There are tons of activities and an extensive entertainment program for big and small, including bouncy houses and food.

    Attending the event is free, but as availability is limited, tickets are required. You can claim free tickets online. They will be released on in June. Another great thing about the celebration on Roosevelt Island is that you can get there by the basically free Roosevelt Island Tramway, which is a great New York experience in itself. It’s included in your MetroCard when you own an unlimited pass so you won’t have to pay extra.

    • Where? Roosevelt Island | Roosevelt Island Tramway
    • When? 5 PM till 10:30 PM

    The July 4, 2022 event is currently TBD.

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