Fourth of July Events: Something for Everyone!

  Last modified on June 27th, 2019

And just like that, the Fourth of July is almost upon us! This weekend will be filled with beaches, barbeques, and mini-vacations for many of us, but what if you are planning to stay in the neighborhood? Or perhaps you are coming to Manhattan to celebrate the holiday. Here are some great July 4th events on the Upper West Side of NYC!

Firework displays are practically a must for everyone on July 4th. Macy’s 39th Annual Annual 4th of July Fireworks will return to the East River. The fireworks will be set off from two different locations- the Brooklyn Bridge, and between 23rd to 37th Streets!

What better way to enjoy the fireworks than from the water? River cruises are a guaranteed great time for all, and a special way to celebrate the holiday! There are some great options to celebrate on the river, like Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise, which is a family friendly experience, including a live DJ and food/drink available. Looking for something a bit more upscale? Perhaps the World Yacht 4th of July Cruise, which is a 5 hour cruise that includes a 5 course dinner and premium open bar! Can’t decide between the very laid back and upscale cruises? Well then look no further than the Hornblower Fireworks Cruise! While classy, it is still a bit more casual and includes appetizers, American picnic style buffet, open bar, DJ, and dancing!

For those who may not want to be on the water, but still enjoy the fireworks, there are many spots along the river, piers, and rooftops to have a great view! Many restaurants and bars have 4th of July parties, like Hudson Terrace on West 46th Street, where you can watch the fireworks from the rooftop, enjoy an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet, and a four hour open bar.

Looking for some affordable fun that everyone in the family will enjoy? Many events are half priced on July 4th! Consider half price tickets to the New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays game, Coney Island Fun Tours, or a relaxing Central Park Photography Walking Tour! Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day in Central Park afterwards!

Escape the heat at The Film Center of Lincoln Center, where there will be showings of Stray Dog, a moving documentary about biker and Vietnam vet Ron “stray dog” Hall throughout the weekend.

Prefer music instead? Explore the Frank Sinatra Centennial Exhibit, and experience 100 years of Sinatra legacy at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center. This is a free event! Also, check out Danny Elfman’s music from the wildly popular films of Tim Burton. While affordable, buy your tickets now, as this show sold out in both L.A. and London! Visit to see all of the events taking place this weekend.

Stay at Lincoln Center and join the popular Midsummer Night Swing dancing event! Dance floor opens at 6, there is a group lesson from 6:30-7:15, and live sets begin at 7:30. Tickets are $17 at and include entry to the Silent Disco as well! After you work up an appetite dancing, stop by the Hill Country Barbecue Market for sandwiches, chili, and other favorites!

Do you have any local plans this weekend? Let us know how you will be celebrating this 4th of July in the city!


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