Don’t you just hate when a holiday lands smack dab in the middle of the week? Sure, it’s nice to have that brief, midweek respite from your work responsibilities, but it usually means that any celebrations have to be much more low key, or you’ll have regrets when trying to make your way through the next day. Well, we have an exciting announcement to share. (Are you ready for this?) This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday, meaning you can take your celebrations to the next level without worrying about being tired the next day. If you’re not sure what to do, here are some of our favorite ways to spend the 4th of July in New York City.
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
You shouldn’t be surprised to find out that a Macy’s-sponsored event is a jaw-dropping spectacle. The famed department store is notorious for its celebrations. This year, they bring their stunning fireworks display back to the Brooklyn Bridge, during which more than 70,000 shells will be launched to illuminate the evening sky in a rainbow of color, all set to a patriotic musical score. And thanks to its convenient launch location, you’ll be able to see this stunning display from seemingly countless vantage points in the city.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
Indisputably the most famous food-eating contest in the country — and likely the world — tens of thousands of onlookers flock to Brooklyn’s famed Coney Island to witness a stageful of people devour as many of the boardwalk-staple hot dogs as possible in just 10 minutes. (Spoiler alert: On average, each competitor eats around 70.)
Beach Day at Coney Island
If watching a group of people cram piles of hot dogs into their mouths isn’t your idea of a good time, there’s still plenty you can do at Coney Island. Chances are, it’s going to be a warm day, so you can spend the afternoon catching some rays on the beach. There’s also an entire boardwalk full of games, rides, and food that provide hours of entertainment. Now is as good a time as any to finally take a ride on the famous wooden Cyclone roller coaster.
Believe it or not, this is a great day to hit up the shops and pick up those items you’ve had your eye on for some time. A lot of stores — particularly bigger chain stores — use this day to host big sales or one-day specials.
This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface when it comes to all the things you can do on the 4th of July in New York City. You don’t have to look far in order to find some entertainment. You just have to leave your home.