Spending the Fourth of July in NYC? Here’s everything you’ll need to know…

The best things to do along with all the things to avoid.


(New York, NY) — If you’re spending the Fourth of July in NYC, you’re going to want to keep reading.

We’ve got a list of all the best things to do along with all the things to avoid, to make sure your Independence Day in NYC is like no other.

Things to do:

Profundo Day Club Fourth of July Pool Party

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NYC likes to celebrate the Fourth of July with a view. Kick back at this rooftop bar, enjoy live music from Dumblonde, and watch the fireworks poolside with a beautiful NYC backdrop. The party will begin at 5 pm, and general admission tickets cost $100. For more information Click here.

Vale Terrace at The William Vale

Looking to spend the day in Brooklyn? The William Vale’s fourth-floor open-air venue is offering an American-themed family-style buffet with a spectacular view of the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks. The event will be held from 6:30-10:00 pm, and tickets cost $75. Click here for more information.

Midsummer Night Swing

As a child growing up in New York, I was lucky to be continuously exposed to live music, an experience which enriched my life more than can be properly expressed. For years, my family and I attended Midsummer Night Swing at @LincolnCenter which is where I was first exposed to Swing Dancing – it was the first time I connected Jazz music with this particular type of movement. The legends I grew up listening to were living on in this unique dance community. It was fascinating and beautiful to see the relationship between musicians and dancers being played out in real-time, and it was something I always wanted to be a part of. Tonight I’m honored and thrilled to take the stage at Midsummer Night Swing with The @GlennCrytzer Orchestra alongside @HannahGilMusic and some of my favorite musicians. It’s been a long time coming. #FollowYourDreams #LCSwing #MidsummerNightSwing

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Dance the night away under the stars at the Lincoln Center with live music, and drinks! The event will begin at 6:00 pm at Damrosch Park and tickets cost $20-25. For more information click here.

Macy’s Fireworks Viewing Party

What better way to enjoy the Macy’s fireworks show than at the Macy’s Fourth of July viewing party, located at 420 Park Ave South. The event will begin at 4 pm, and tickets cost $30-$60. For more information click here.

Macy’s Fourth of July Firework show

The Fourth of July in NYC wouldn’t be the same without the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show. This year the show is going to be one of the biggest yet, with 20 new effects! Prime viewing areas will be located in Midtown and Long Island City.

However, if you don’t want to watch them in person, you can view them on TV! NBC will broadcast the show starting at 8 pm. For more information click here.

Things to avoid:

While celebrations in NYC are extravagant and memorable, they almost always come with street closures, subway changes, and traveling chaos!

Changes to be aware of on the Fourth

We’ll start off with some good news, alternate side parking will be suspended!

Large portions of the FDR Drive and Central Boulevard will be shut down. For the NYPD’s list of street closures click here.

The subway will operate on a Saturday schedule. NBC4NY stated, “There will be no 6 or 7 express service. B trains will not run, customers are encouraged to use the A, C, D, and/or Q instead. There will be increased subway service on the 4, 7, A, C, F, N, and S 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from five barges on the East River between 23rd and 41st Streets from 9:25 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.” For more information click here.

The Metro-North and the Long Island Railroad will be operating on a Sunday Schedule. For more information click here.

All four of the NYC Ferry routes will be operating on a weekend schedule. For more information about specific route changes click here.

There will be no Midtown shuttle bus service. Normal service will return on July 5th, 2018.

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