New York City does not hold back when celebrating the fourth of July. From the biggest firework display in the country to a world-famous hot dog eating contest, you can find something to do during the week of the Fourth. Celebrate the United States turning 242 with the city that never sleeps…or runs out of things to do.


Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks


Many would agree the best part of the Fourth of July is catching a fireworks show. If you are looking for a grand display, New York City certainly does not disappoint. On the evening of Fourth of July, you can see Macy’s Fourth of July Firework display. The fireworks are launched from the barges located on the East River. You can watch the show unobstructed from the East River in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. The best part of this event is that it is free and open to the public.


Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest


In an almost century-long tradition, Coney Island holds their annual hot dog eating contest to test the limits of its competitors. The contest attracts more than 40,000 spectators every year and over 1 million home viewers. In 2017, Joey Chestnut won first place and broke the world record with 72 hotdogs.

Midsummer Night Swing


Lover’s of Jazz music with gather at the Lincoln Center’s alfresco danceathon. The Mambo Legends Orchestra will be playing music all night, so bring your dancing shoes and show everyone what you got. Feel like you have two left feet? Come early and take a free dance lesson!


Travis Parade


Described as one of the oldest Fourth of July parades in the country, this small-town parade is sure to get you in a patriotic spirit. The Travis Parade is located on Staten Island and starts at noon. 2018 marks the 108th year of the parade and showcases many organizations within the community showcasing their love for the United States.


If you don’t already have plans for this coming Fourth of July, make your way to New York City to check out one (or all) of these great events!