July 4th Events in NYC

A hot dog eating contest, walking tours, concerts and more on July 4th

Looking for fun activities to do on July 4th? Check out this list great ways to enjoy the 4th of July in NYC.

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    91st Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest - July 4, 2006
    ••• Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. WireImage / Getty Images

    At noon at Nathan's on Coney Island, watch as contestants compete to consume the most hot dogs. Those who want a good view of the contest are encouraged to arrive by 11 a.m.

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    Fraunces Tavern
    ••• Fraunces Tavern. Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

    Join Big Onion Walking Tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a walking tour of sites related to the Revolutionary War in Lower Manhattan. Fraunces Tavern, the graves of Alexander Hamilton and General Richard Montgomery, and Federal Hall are among the sites featured on the tour. Admission: Adults $20, Seniors & Students $15. Meet at the intersection of Broadway and Murray Street, at gated entrance to City Hall Park.

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    4th of July Fireworks from the Skyroom
    ••• 4th of July Fireworks from the Skyroom. Courtesy of the Skyroom

    Tickets start at $100 and include four hours of open bar (6-10 p.m.), as well as a Fourth of July Picnic with burgers, pigs in a blanket, Buffalo chicken tenders and chips. Unfortunately, since the fireworks have moved to the East River, they are no longer visible from the Sky Room, but the party is still on!

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    Pre-Fireworks Presidential Greenwich Village and Gramercy Park

    Washington Square Arch Re-opens
    ••• Washington Square Arch. Corbis via Getty Images / Getty Images

    A historical walking tour with NYC Discovery Walking Tours with stops at places associated with some early presidents, including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Wilson and Washington. Stops include the Washington Square Arch and Theodore Roosevelt's birthplace. 5 PM tour ends at the highway at 7:30 PM in time to secure a spot for Fourth of July Fireworks viewing.

    Date & Time: July 4, 2016 at 2:30 & 5 p.m.
    Cost: $22
    Reservations & Meeting Place: 212-465-3331

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    Wonder Wheel on Coney Island
    ••• Wonder Wheel on Coney Island. Heather Cross
    Looking for a single all-day destination for July 4th? Consider heading to Coney Island where you can spend the entire day enjoying everything from swimming and hot dog eating contests to a dance party and fireworks.


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    South Street Seaport July 4 Celebration
    ••• South Street Seaport July 4 Celebration. Ben Hider / Getty Images

    Bring a picnic or chair and enjoy a spectacular view of the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks from Pier 16. Local food trucks will be on site with concessions for sale and all ages are welcome to join in this event which will run from 5 - 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $60/person and must be purchased in advance.You will then present your ticket at the NYPD security station at the head of Pier 16 for access to the ticketed area.

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     Tickets start at $169 for this holiday event that features an amazing view of the fireworks over the East River, as well as a BBQ buffet featuring burgers, pulled pork, hot dogs, chicken wings and Caesar salad, on Pier 15 in lower Manhattan. There is an open bar available as well. All ages are welcome to join this celebration.

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    General admission to this Lower East Side rooftop pool party and Fourth of July bash starts at just $25/person. The party will feature DJ Phresh and views of the fireworks over Lower Manhattan. It begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until 4 a.m. with frozen margaritas, hot dogs and buckets of bud and bud light will be available for purchase. Must be 21+.

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    Penthouse808 at The Ravel Hotel
    ••• Penthouse808 at The Ravel Hotel.

    The Penthouse808 Rooftop at The Ravel Hotel in Long Island City is hosting a 4th of July party for all ages and tickets start at $65 for adults and $40 for kids. All tickets include BBQ, but there are additional categories of tickets that include open bar or table seating.

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    Front Row Fireworks

    Watch the fireworks display over the East River from the 34th Street Heliport. Tickets are $55 for general admission and the area will open at 6 p.m. with the fireworks beginning around 9 p.m. There are VIP tickets for $75 that include a guaranteed chair & one drink and VIP tables for $1500 that include admission for 8 people, 1 bottle of premium liquor, 3 pitchers of beer and food.