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!

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Athletic Association of Yorkville Youths

<p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;" data-sheets-value="{" data-sheets-userformat="{">Serving the families and children of NYC for over 50 years with high-quality recreational activities that foster life-lessons which empower young people to succeed beyond sports. Our programs encourage positive attitudes and growth through teamwork and sportsmanship, attendance, fair play, respect, hard work, integrity and fun. Your child can participate in clinics and leagues in such sports as baseball, basketball, flag-football, lacrosse, soccer, hockey, wrestling, track, and tennis. We also offer weekly dodgeball tournaments, drama and musical theater workshops, and after school programs.</span></p>

Broadway Dance Center Children and Teens

<p dir="ltr">With more than 35 years of experience, Broadway Dance Center Children & Teens provides young movers ages 3-18 with exceptional training. BDC delivers the finest all-around dance experience for students by offering a wide variety of styles and levels, performance opportunities, and the highest caliber dance instruction that only New York City and BDC Children & Teens can provide.</p> <p dir="ltr">This studio is so much more than a training course for young dancers; it is a diverse, family-friendly community for budding creatives. It has an exemplary faculty who follow the vision to not only develop a dancer’s love and ability in dance, but to do so in a nurturing and supportive way.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-16583089-7fff-d8a9-61c2-8f689f7348b2"></span></p>