4th of July Fireworks: The Best Family-Friendly Places to Watch in New York

Did you know that American independence from Britain was actually formally declared on July 2, 1776? Well, apparently John Adams thought that July 2 was going to go down in history as our now famous 4th of July. And the Declaration of Independence was signed on August 2, 1776, with a few trickling signers a little bit later. So what, then, is the significance of July 4? July 4, 1776 was the day that Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. Sorry, John Adams, you predicted this one wrong, because today, the 4th of July is one of the biggest, if not the most widely celebrated holiday of the summer. The smell of barbecues floats through parks, red, white, and blue paints the city, and families come together to celebrate. Oh, and how could we forget, there’s lots of fireworks. But finding a spot to watch fireworks in NYC for the 4th of July can be pretty stressful with the large crowds that flock to see the amazing display in the sky. That’s why we’re here to help you out with a guide to the best family-friendly places to watch the fireworks this year. Gather your family, flags, and festive gear for this 4th of July!

The 4th of July also serves as a sort of marker in the summer. We’re not quite at the beginning of the summer, but hey, we still have two months to go. If the idea of having two whole months left of summer is a bit overwhelming because you’re running out of options to keep your kids entertained, then check out our free kids’ summer classes, free outdoor summer concerts for kids, and new & renovated playgrounds around the city!