Things to do in NYC July 4th, 2013: Names the Top Events for 4th of July Weekend NYC

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New York City is one of the best places to celebrate Independence Day. has put together a list of the best things to do this 4th of July weekend in New York City.

4th of July Weekend in NYC

All of the United States celebrates 4th of July, but nothing quite compares to the celebrations and history that New York City has to offer. The world-famous Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show in New York City, the wonderful boat tours, the hot dog eating and, special this year, the reopening of the Statue of Liberty will all draw huge crowds to NYC for the weekend of July 4, 2013. Celebrate a few days off with a summer vacation to the Big Apple with friends, family and the rest of the country. has named the top things to do in New York City on 4th of July weekend this year.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show in NYC

Fireworks in New York City are always a main attraction, and the NYC 4th of July fireworks show is the main event every year. Of course, they are the main event on the night of July 4th. This year, Usher curated the 4th of July fireworks show for NYC, so it should be a show to remember forever. There are so many places to sit and enjoy the fireworks show, which spans from West 24th to West 50th Streets. A few of the best views for a price are from the Intrepid, Sea, Air, and Space Museum, the Empire State Building, and the Hudson Terrace. Some of these viewing areas are pricey, but it’s always free to enjoy them from the street.

NYC Fireworks Cruises

For an extra special trip this holiday weekend, book one of the July 4th Fireworks Cruises. Circleline Sightseeing is offering a chance to enjoy the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular aboard one of their fun vessels that will host a live DJ with dancing. Classic Harbor Line is also hosting 4th of July Fireworks cruises aboard the Schooner America 2.0, Schooner Adirondack and the Yacht Manhattan. A complimentary open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and fantastic skyline views make these cruises a fantastic choice for an unforgettable evening. Use the promo code NYC1776 and receive $17.76 off the ticket for the 4th of July Fireworks Cruise.

Statue of Liberty Reopening

The famous and historic landmark is always a popular attraction on 4th of July weekend, but this year will be even more special. Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York City last year, Lady Liberty has been closed for renovations. Making her grand (re)debut, 4th of July travelers can witness the reopening of the Statue of Liberty on July 4th, 2013. It’s been closed for 8 months so this is a special day that will make New York City truly whole again. The Statue of Liberty can be seen from afar from many places in the city, and even on one of the fantastic NYC sightseeing cruises, so there’s no bad way to celebrate her reopening. Check out all the fun tours of NYC and enjoy the experience (and often the savings) that come with them.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

A tradition established in 1916, this hot dog eating contest is a huge crowd-pleaser. Coney Island is fun enough to visit but at noon on July 4th competitors will have 10 minutes to eat as many of Nathan’s hot dogs as they can.

Historic NYC Tours

For history buffs or those who want to learn a little more about the day so important to our country’s history. Big Onion Walking Tours offers a tour that highlights significant landmarks around New York City from the Revolutionary War. See the beautiful city and freshen up those patriotic facts. Don’t feel like walking the whole time? NY See It All with OnBoard Tours makes getting around the city easy and fun, riding on a bus, taking a cruise and walking around to experience all the city has to offer. Another fun way to experience the city’s history is on a Mint Pros tour of Yankees Stadium, led by a former player.

Concerts in NYC 4th of July Weekend

Strawberry Fields - A Tribute to the Beatles is playing on the 4th of July at the BB King Blues Club and Grill in famous Times Square. This is a show no one will want to miss! On Friday, July 5th, start the morning off right with Imagine Dragons on Good Morning America. Later that evening, Cayucas will be playing at the Mercury Lounge at 7:30, and 10,000 Maniacs will be playing at the New York City Winery at 8pm. She & Him will be performing on Saturday at 6pm at the Central Park Summerstage, and HARD NYC: Hot Natured, Jamie Jones & Lee Foss perform at Terminal 5 that same evening.

About is an authority on traveling to New York City. is a one-stop destination when planning a NYC vacation. Find the best information, deals, reviews and tickets for events, attractions, Broadway shows and hotels in New York City. Lizz Riggs, editor of, can help travelers find all the best things to do, places to stay and deals to take advantage of on their next trip.

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