The Ultimate Guide to 4th of July in NYC

From Fireworks to Free Events, We've Got Your NYC Independence Day Covered

It's summer and it's the looong 4th of July holiday weekend – rarely does such a perfect recipe for summer fun converge so effortlessly. You've got barbecues to plan and fireworks to see, so leave the planning to us, with this easy-reference guide to the fireworks, free events, and more, going on over 4th of July 2016 weekend here in Manhattan.

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    Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in NYC

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    Nothing says 4th of July revelry like fireworks bursting overhead, and no destination does Independence Day pyrotechnics better than New York City. Now in its 40th year, Macy's plays host to the nation's largest 4th of July fireworks display, illuminating the evening skies above the East River this year. Here's everything you need to know about making the most out of the 2016 celebration: Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in NYC.

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    5 Fun (Free!) Things to Do for 4th of July Weekend in NYC

    A full house at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
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    It's 4th of July weekend and what better way to celebrate America's freedom then by doing something that's, well, free?! From fireworks (of course!) to swimming pools, and plenty in between, here are 5 fun things happening in Manhattan to make the most of the long 2016 holiday weekend, without breaking the bank. Read 5 Fun (Free!) Things to Do for 4th of July Weekend in NYC for all of the deets.

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    4 Great Spots to Watch NYC's 4th of July Fireworks in Manhattan

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    In larger-than-life New York City, 4th of July fireworks festivities are no exception. With 2016's dazzling display being shot off from several barges positioned along the East River, you can catch the nation's largest Independence Day pyrotechnics show (courtesy of Macy's) from these four primo perches across Manhattan. See 4 Great Spots to Watch NYC's 4th of July Fireworks in Manhattan for more.

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    How to Get to the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

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    Macy's 4th of July fireworks spectacular unfolds on the evening of Monday, July 4, 2016, and you can be sure the crowds will be thick for the festivities, as folks far and wide gather to soak up the largest fireworks display in the nation! Do yourself a favor and stick to the trains and subway to get there, or risk craning your neck out of your car window to sneak a peek of the show when you're stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Here are some tips on public transit for July 4th, as well as the deal on driving and parking (if you insist): How to Get to the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks.