Fourth of July Fun In NYC

Fourth of July Fun In NYC

Pair dining, historical attractions and more with the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July! Where should you go? Here are our suggestions.

Add a touch of international flare to your Independence Day activities with a meal at Au Za’atar. The Arabian French bistro in the East Village will toast the occasion with a “Happy Fourth of July Hour” from 11 a.m. to midnight. What to expect? Think $4 select beers and $6 select wines by the glass. Before or after filling up on reasonably priced booze, make sure to grab a few bites in the form of the eatery’s $18 Brunch Prix Fixe. Served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., each brunch entrée on the prix fixe menu comes with a complimentary brunch-worthy cocktail (read Mimosa, Bellini, Sangria, Beer or freshly squeezed Orange Juice) and coffee. Delectable Middle Eastern delights include Vegetarian Falafel Benedict, featuring grilled falafel topped with poached eggs and a spicy tomato sauce; house-made Hummus Shwarma topped with juicy chicken; and the Au Za’atar Breakfast, a platter of hummus, falafel, chopped salad, sunny side up eggs and pita crusted with za’atar. Best part? Au Za’atar has a sidewalk café and is in close proximity to prime viewing spots of the Macy’s Fireworks show above the East River.

If traditional American grub is more to your liking, foodies will find that and more at Seaport Smorgasburg. At the food fest, which operates seven days a week in Manhattan’s historic South Street Seaport District, those with grumbling stomachs will find plenty of interesting food—from USA staples like succulent smoked meats at Lonestar Empire and savory seafood at Red Hook Lobster Pound to melting pot morsels like Filipino-inspired spring rolls at Lumpia Shack and hearty creations at the infamous Ramen Burger stand. There are eight vendors in all, plus a bar, which more than guarantees folks will have a happy Fourth.

Also in the area, Fourth of July festivities will include a Festival of Tall Ships, featuring L'Hermione—an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship, the Hermione—which is docked at Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport, as well as a tour of El Galeón, a 170-foot, 495-ton, detailed wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. The ship is docked at Pier 15.

Of course, no Independence Day is complete without the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration, which will illuminate the sky over the East River. The night will also include a slew of musical acts—from the country croonings of Brad Paisley to the rhythms of Flo Rida. The best place to watch? From Houston to Midtown, head to Houston, 23rd, 34th or 42nd streets. Those in Lower Manhattan will find prime viewing areas at Broad Street, ground level; Old Slip, upper level; and Pearl and Frankfort streets. ADA and special needs viewing areas are FDR Drive southbound lane at 16th Street & Avenue C or 34th Street (top of ramp) and Vietnam Memorial Park in Manhattan; Brooklyn Bridge Park at Furman Street and Old Fulton Street, near Pier #1 in Brooklyn; and Center Blvd from 48th Avenue to 49th Avenue in Queens.

For even more Fourth of July fun, check out our Fourth of July page!  


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