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Fun Things to Do in New York City for July 4th

Are you looking for fun things to do in New York City for July 4th? From free concerts to excellent food, there are a number of great options. Here is our little guide to help you plan your weekend.

Watch the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks
The annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks is one of the largest in the country and it is absolutely a can’t miss. This year the fireworks will be along the East River so there will be good views of it in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Check out free concerts
There are several free concerts around the city on July 4th weekend. We have our eyes on Ed Sheeran playing in Rockefeller Center on July 4th for The Today Show concert series and Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet in the Celebrate Brooklyn series on July 5th.

Try some BBQ from Mighty Quinn’s
Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque (103 2nd Ave & Other Locations) is the next best thing after having a barbeque party yourself. There are several good places for barbeque in New York City but Mighty Quinn’s is quickly becoming our go to place. Their brisket and ribs are incredibly tasty and full of flavor.

Cooling down with some ice cream
There is no better time to check out the many ice cream parlors around the city than July 4th weekend. Here is a list of some of our favorite ice cream shops like Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (65 Bayard St) and Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain (513 Henry St, Brooklyn) to start.

A picnic at Central Park
Looking for something relaxing to do? How about a nice picnic in Central Park, New York City’s most iconic park? There are a number of beautiful lawns and Central Park is a great escape from the city that is just a short subway ride away. Other parks to check out include Governor’s Island and the High Line.

Visit Coney Island
Finally going to the beach is a popular traditional for many during July 4th and the Coney Island Beach is accessible by the subway. There is also a lot to do around the area like The New York Aquarium (Surf Avenue & West 8th St, Brooklyn), Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, riding the Cyclone and the new roller coaster Thunderbolt or catching a Brooklyn Cyclones game.

Coney Island Broadwalk

We here at Ahoy New York want to wish you a safe and fun July 4th!