Independence Day is a Week Away!

So you’ve survived the frozen days of winter and the pollen filled days of spring— summer is here! The Fourth of July is just around the corner and there are so many things to do in the city.

1. The Macys Fourth of July Fireworks

4j1The most famous firework display on the East Cost, the Macys annual display of fireworks is perhaps the most traditional way to spend the Fourth of July. Over 40,000 individual fireworks will be lit at 9 M EST along the Hudson River. Revelers get there early, so be sure to claim your spot along the Hudson between 24th and 57th Streets. There are many cruises and ticketed events with a view of the fireworks as well – so if you’re looking for something special give us a shout and we’ll be happy to make some recommendations!

2. The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

4j2Since the Fireworks don’t start until 9 PM, why not head out to the Coney Island Boardwalk to catch a hot dog. The famous hot dog eating contest starts at noon (but it is recommended for spectators to arrive by 11 AM for a good viewing spot). Watch as contests from around the world attempt to eat as many hot dogs they can in ten minutes. Joey Chestnut of San Jose, who won with 68 hot dogs and buns last year, will attempt to win for the seventh straight year and sent a new world record for consecutive wins. Nathan’s has been a staple of the Coney Island Boardwalk since 1916; selling their first hot dog for five cents (yes, you read that right- 5 cents for a hot dog). In addition to sponsoring the event, Nathan’s is also expected to donate 100,000 hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York City this year.

3. The New York Philharmonic Summertime Classics: Star Spangled Celebration

4j5The New York Philharmonic will be performing July 3rd and 4th at Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center. The orchestra performs classic American theatrical pieces as well as some of the armed forces anthems. Tickets start at about $35.

4. The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

4j4It’s a exciting day for these two important monuments in New York City. During Hurricane Sandy last fall, both islands were badly damaged and were not safe for the public. They were closed indefinitely and every tourism worker was laid off. Over the past 7 months a huge amount of work has taken place, and on July 4th, 2013 they will both be reopened to the public at last! You can be one of the first to visit the newly reopened Statue and Ellis Island – but be wary, there are going to be long lines! Get there early if you want to be part of this historic day. The first ferry departs at 8:30 AM.

As always, feel free to e-mail us with any questions and we hope you will join us in celebrating the 4th of July in New York City! It may get crowded, but there’s always room for everyone!

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