11 Things to Do in NYC This Fourth of July Weekend

nycgo.com staff

Summer celebrations will be in full force during the upcoming Independence Day weekend. Beat the heat at the beach, see a live show, have a boozy brunch on Governors Island and, of course, look skyward for dazzling fireworks displays over the City. Consider it your way of saying, “Happy birthday, America.”

Riis Park Beach Bazaar

The Rockaways come alive in the summer. Celebrate Independence Day with all Riis Park Beach has to offer: nosh on cones at Oddfellows Ice Cream and handcrafted Italian ice from Rockaway Ice Lady; relax at the Bathhouse and beer garden; or camp at Fort Tilden to make the fun last all weekend.

Mets vs. Yankees

July 2–4
Make your allegiance known at what’s guaranteed to be a memorable weekend of games between longtime rivals. NYC’s baseball teams go toe to toe (or bat to bat?) at Yankee Stadium in this holiday installment of the Subway Series.

New York Liberty vs. Washington Mystics and Dallas Wings

July 3 & 5
If you don’t already, it’s time to follow New York City’s Liberty basketball team, part of the WNBA. The squad, much improved from last season, hosts the Washington Mystics on July 3 and the Dallas Wings on July 5; games are at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Governors Island July 4 Brunch

July 3–4
Collective Retreats, which provides a glamping experience on Governors Island, will host a weekend bottomless brunch from 11:30am to 5pm. Get an entrée, such as shrimp and grits or french toast, and unlimited beverages.

The Day Party with Doja Cat

July 4
In a time of uncertainty, one thing is clear: it’s the year of Doja Cat. The artist who dominates the rap and pop spheres will celebrate the release of her album Planet Her at the Coney Island Art Walls on July 4 at 2pm. Tickets are $69–$500 and include an exclusive view of the Coney Island Fireworks.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

July 4
It may not be classy, but it’s a tradition. Each year, the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating competition takes place on the Coney Island boardwalk—and if you can say that four times fast you might just be qualified to partake in this competition, where the goal is to eat as many dogs as humanly possible in 10 minutes.

Travis 4th of July Parade

July 4
Staten Island lays claim to having one of the oldest Fourth of July parades in the country. The small town of Travis began its tradition back in 1911; this year’s ceremony kicks off at noon, and the parade steps off at 12:30pm.


Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

July 4
The fireworks to end all fireworks, Macy’s 4th of July extravaganza continues to be the main event when it comes to summer pyrotechnics. The barges will be set up along the East River, with points for viewing access at 23rd, 34th and 42nd Streets, along the FDR Drive. There will also be a broadcast special on NBC with performances by Black Pumas, Jonas Brothers, Reba McEntire and others.

Open Air Block Party at Skyline Drive-In

July 4
Hosted by Project 91, this block party at Greenpoint’s Skyline Theater promises DJ sets, food trucks and a beer garden. The event is 21-plus.

Automania at MoMA

July 4
Opening to the public on July 4 after a member preview July 1–3, Automania looks at the impact of the automobile on our culture. Presented in a range of mediums including film and architectural models, the exhibit features works by Andy Warhol and Lily Reich.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise from Pier 36

July 4
Hop aboard the Timeless, which leaves Pier 36 for a four-hour evening party cruise. Watch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks as they sparkle above the New York City skyline, and dance to top hits spun by a live DJ while imbibing soft drinks or cocktails. Tickets include an open bar and a buffet-style dinner.