Lady Liberty, Good Eats, Walking Tours and July 4th Fireworks in NYC

on July 3, 2013

Picture of NYC Fireworks over the Hudson River

If you’re spending the most patriotic holiday weekend in what is likely the most iconic city – there are dozens of ways to celebrate. Here are just a few:

The well-known symbol – The Statue of Liberty, is reopening July 4th (just in time for the fireworks in NYC)! It was closed after Superstorm Sandy flooded Liberty Island with 8 feet of water – the statue itself was not damaged, as it sits on higher ground but the storm did damage to walkways and docks. Ferry tickets can be purchased in advance online or by phone – and visits to the crown will still require advanced reservations.

During the day, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is on. It’s been a July 4th NYC tradition since 1916 – last year over 40,000 spectators attended, and over 1 million watched from home as hot-dog aficionados competed for eating the most in 10 minutes (the highest record ever being 68 – yikes!). If you prefer getting your own hot dogs – head to Asia Dog for a different take on this all-American staple, Sigmund’s for a tasty Classic, or get really comfy with Ditch Plains’ Ditch Dog with mac and cheese.

A BBQ is always a great way to spend the July 4th weekend – if you are visiting or don’t have a back yard, there are grills in some local parks  – or better yet, let someone else do the cooking for you and head to a local smokehouse like Dinosaur-Bar-B-Que, BrisketTown, Blue Smoke, or The Smoke Joint.

Walk it all off with a walking tour around the city – July 4th weekend try a Revolutionary-Era Walking Tour, or a more contemporary Central Park Tour.

FIREWORKS

New York City is known for celebrating Independence Day in style – its fireworks display is well know, attracting a large number of visitors to the area. Sponsored by Macy’s, this year the creative mind behind the pyrotechnic show is none other than R & B superstar – Usher. Fireworks will launch from 6 barges on the Hudson River.

Some of the best places to watch – if you don’t mind paying for entrance – include the Empire State Building, the Hudson Terrace and the Intrepid, Sea, Air, and Space Museum. There are a number of cruises from which you can catch the show – or you can always watch for free from the street in various spots from West 24th St. to West 50th St.

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