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Top Picks for Fourth of July Activities
New York City—home to one of the nation’s most iconic symbols of freedom, the Statue of Liberty—is a great place to celebrate Independence Day. Eric Valencia, senior concierge at Trump SoHo® New York, has several suggestions for Fourth of July activities. “For a great pre-firework gathering, I recommend The Sea Fire Grill. The Midtown East eatery will have an all-day happy hour on the Fourth of July. “The restaurant’s $1.50 oysters are always fresh and incredibly delicious,” Valencia says. “Plus, they will have half-off house wines, domestic beers and certain cocktails. It’s a great scene and a fun place to hit up before heading out for the evening.” Right on the Hudson River at Pier 66 Maritime is the Frying Pan—one of Valencia’s favorite spots for dining on July Fourth. Pier 66 is the current home of the historic Lightship Frying Pan and the bar and grill will host a fireworks party with buffet options. “A $175 tax-deductible donation to support historic ships includes skyroof seating, full open bar and buffet,” Valencia says. You can also opt for a $100 ticket for seating on the Frying Pan itself, including a two-hour open bar and appetizers. The venerable department store Macy's will release fireworks from barges in the Hudson River to celebrate the holiday. The fireworks will be launched from four barges between W. 18th and W. 43rd sts. For the best views, Valencia suggests grabbing spots: along the West Side Highway on the northbound lanes and 12th Ave. btw W. 14th & W. 59th sts.; some side streets between 11th and 12th aves. and at Pier 84 (access from W. 44th St.); and anywhere you have an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. For those that wish to be a little closer and away from the crowd, Valencia recommends booking a spot at World Yacht. Boarding time is 6 p.m. for a dinner cruise from 7 to 11 p.m. The all-inclusive price of $350 includes a five-course, sit-down dinner, open premium bar, music for dancing and a view of the fireworks. Keep in mind that there is a dress code: no jeans, shorts, t-shirts or sneakers. Jackets are required for men—ties are optional—and women should dress appropriately. World Yacht also has a $250 option, which includes a buffet dinner and standard open bar. If you don’t plan to view the fireworks, celebrate this festive holiday with the Fireworks cocktail at Sant Ambroeus in the West Village. The holiday-inspired beverage includes Prosecco, St. Germain and a frozen red, white and blue Twizzler. “There’s also a non-alcoholic version for younger Independence Day fans,” Valencia says.