Fire up those barbecues and grab your lighters because it’s time to celebrate America’s birthday (or better known as 4th of July!) We rounded up our favorite places to take the family and baffle the kids for America’s birthday. You don’t want to miss anything exciting that’s happening around the city, don’t forget the ketchup!
Not just famous for their Thanksgiving Day parade, Macy’s shows off its flair for the colorful pyrotechnics in this famous 4th of July spectacle. Come watch these breathtaking illuminations light up your night either from a park or the streets! You have the option to watch them in four locations: East Village, Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, Long Island City in Queens, and Midtown. Arrive early and bring plenty of water for the most dazzling sky New York has to offer. macys.com
Head on over to Coney Island in Brooklyn for a historic firework show that will blow you away. You’ve got the famous Nathan’s hotdog competition, Luna Park rides, and the iconic Coney Island beach! With an easy and feasible subway ride, there is no need to feel flustered by the stresses of traffic. While you’re in the area it’s best to hit up the infamous Cyclone roller coaster or look at the adorable sea creatures at the nearby aquarium. coneyisland.com
If you want to break away from the traditional fireworks and barbecues you can explore the history of New York with the kiddos. Open to all ages, this walk features a once-a-year exclusive storytelling experience. You’ll stand in the very spot that the historic Declaration of Independence was read and visit the oldest sites history has to offer such as St. Paul’s Chapel and Federal Hall. It’s as if you took a page out of your American history books, the best of all is there will be original documents and prints from the 18th Century. You wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity to sharpen your little history buff’s knowledge! patriottoursnyc.com
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If you’re looking for something more hands-on (and free!) look no further than taking the kids to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. You’ll be able to watch them dive straight into 1776 with crafts like sticking a feather in their hat (and calling it macaroni!) and signing their very own Declaration of Independence. Families can also hop on the 1912 carousel or even hike the delightful nature trail that the park has to offer. prospectpark.org
If you’re in the Flushing, Queens, area you most definitely can’t miss this amazing spectacular! There’s dance competitions, live music, rides, and a magic show extravaganza at the Fantasy Forest amusement park. Located in Queens, Fantasy Forest is home to the Corona Cobra Coaster, teacups, raceways, and more! Join the host with the most, Omar Olusion, in a transfixed magic show where you and the kids will be on the edge of your seats. nycgovparks.org