Hey New Yorkers…. below are all of the various events taken place around New York City during the 4th of July, 2012. I pieced this list together from various sites just to streamline it. I hope it is helpful.
MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS®
When: July 4th
Where: New York City
Time: Approx 9pm
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® is the largest Independence Day fireworks display in the nation and the single show against which all others are measured. Macy’s will have fireworks being released from four barges in the Hudson River. It’s the 36th Annual Macy’s Fireworks display and this year’s theme is Ignite the Night. The night’s line-up will include performances by Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. If you’re not in the area, NBC will broadcast the fireworks live beginning at 9 p.m. EST.
Where Can You Best View The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks?
Fireworks will be launched from four barges in the Hudson River between 18th Street and 43rd Street. The best places to see the fireworks will be along the West Side Highway on the north-bound lanes and 12th Avenue between 14th and 59th Streets; some side streets between 11th and 12th Avenues and at Pier 84 (access from 44th Street). You can also view the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks from anywhere you have an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. See the Fourth of July Fireworks Map for details on viewing access and the best spots for seeing them live!
Source: Macys.com and About.com
Spirit of New Jersey July 4th Dinner Cruise
See the fireworks while you enjoy dinner, open bar, and live music on Spirit of New Jersey’s cruise from 6 – 11 p.m. (5 p.m. boarding) for $263.90 per person departing from Chelsea Piers. (Price does not include taxes, fees & required gratuities, which add about $80 per ticket.) Consult their website for details and reservations.
Circle Line July 4th Cruise
See the fireworks over the Hudson River aboard Circle Line’s cruise. A DJ will provide entertainment, and food and drink are available for purchase on board. Ship boards at 5:30pm. Sails from 7-11 p.m. Tickets: $89. More information and required reservations available on their website.
Circle Line Downtown’s Zephyr Cruise
The Zephyr boards at South Street Seaport Pier 16 at 6:15 p.m., sailing from 6:30-11:15 p.m. Tickets are $200 and $125 for children, and include live DJ and buffet dinner with a cash bar available. Details and advance ticket sales are available on their website.
World Yacht July 4th Cruise
Board the World Yacht at 6 p.m. for a dinner cruise from 7-11 p.m. The all inclusive price of $350 includes 5 course sit-down dinner, open premium bar, music for dancing and a view of the fireworks. No jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or sneakers; jackets are required for men, ties are optional and women should dress appropriately. No refunds or cancellations once your reservation is made. They also have an option for $250 with a buffet dinner and standard open bar. For more information and reservations, consult the World Yacht website for more information and make a reservation by calling 212-630-8100. You can also Book Your Ticket Through Viator.
July Fireworks Sail on the Shearwater
Fully catered five-hour sail, including champagne open bar, catered menu and fireworks viewing. The Shearwater is an 82-foot schooner and accommodates up to 48 passengers. Departs at 5:30 p.m. Adults $450, children 12 and under $350. Get more information and buy tickets on the Manhattan by Sail Website
July Fireworks Sail on the Clipper City
Fully catered five-hour sail, including open bar, catered menu and fireworks viewing. The Clipper City is a 158-ft long topsail schooner that can accommodate up to 150 passengers. Departs at 5:30 p.m. Adults $350, children 12 and under $275. Get more information and buy tickets on the Manhattan by Sail Website
Fourth of July Sail on the Schooner Adirondack
Depart from Chelsea Piers on this 2.5 hour cruise. Tickets are $325 and include an open wine, beer, soda & champagne bar. Guests are welcome to bring their own food. Departs at 7:50 p.m. Get more information on the Classic Harbor Lines website and buy tickets through Zerve.
Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan
Cruise in style aboard this 1920s style yacht. Depart from Chelsea Piers on this 3 hour cruise. Tickets are $375 and include an open wine, beer, soda, water & champagne bar, as well as four courses of passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Departs at 7:40 p.m. Get more information on the Classic Harbor Lines website and buy tickets through Zerve.
Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Catskill or Beacon
Enjoy an intimate Fourth of July Celebration aboard one of these 24 passenger ships. Tickets are $275 and include an open wine, beer, soda, water & champagne bar. Guests are welcome to bring their own food. Departs at 7:20 p.m. Get more information on the Classic Harbor Lines website and buy tickets through Zerve.
Fourth of July Sail aboard Schooner America 2.0
Experience the Fourth of July fireworks from a old-style sailing ship in the New York Harbor. Tickets are $425 and include an open wine, beer, soda, water & champagne bar, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres. Departs at 7:30 p.m. Get more information on the Classic Harbor Lines website and buy tickets through Zerve.
Fourth of July Cruise on American Princess
Watch the fireworks from the 250-passenger American Princess. Tickets are $100 and include a box dinner and souvenir. Cash bar available on board. The cruise departs from South Street Seaport at 6:30 p.m. and returns around 11:45 p.m. Buy tickets and get more details on their website or call 718-474-0555 for more information.
Water Taxi’s Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise
Watch the fireworks from the 250-passenger American Princess. Tickets are $145 and include a box lunch and cookies and brownies. Cash bar available on board. The cruise departs from South Street Seaport at 6:30 p.m. and returns around 11:30 p.m. Buy tickets and get more details on their website or call 212-742-1969 for more information.
Experience the 4th of July fireworks from the Hudson Terrace from 6:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. Tickets include open bar from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and BBQ, all with a great view of the Hudson River from the rooftop bar. Tickets start at $85/person for general admission, but reserved seating starts at $150/person, not including tax and gratuity.
From noon until midnight on July 4th, The Waterfront @ Pier 92 will be transformed into a rooftop beach resort. Located on 12th Avenue and 52nd Street, it’s perfectly located for fireworks viewing, and the party will feature electronic and dance music DJs, tanning decks, VIP terraces and air-conditioned cabanas, as well as food from NYC’s delicious food trucks and Virgil’s BBQ. Tickets start at $85 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Hudson River Park Trust.
At noon at Nathan’s on Coney Island, watch as contestants compete to consume the most hot dogs. Those who want a good view of the contest are encouraged to arrive by 11 a.m.
Join Big Onion Walking Tours at 2 p.m. for a walking tour of sites related to the Revolutionary War in Lower Manhattan. Fraunces Tavern, the graves of Alexander Hamilton and General Richard Montgomery, and Federal Hall are among the sites featured on the tour. Admission: Adults $18, Seniors & Students $15. Meet at the intersection of Broadway and Murray Street, at gated entrance to City Hall Park.
Pre-Fireworks Presidential Greenwich Village and Gramercy Park
Date & Time: July 4, 2012 at 2:30 & 5 p.m.
Reservations & Meeting Place: 212-465-3331
A historical walking tour with NYC Discovery Walking Tours with stops at places associated with some early presidents, including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Wilson and Washington. Stops include the Washington Square Arch and Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace. 5 PM tour ends at the highway at 7:30 PM in time to secure a spot for Fourth of July Fireworks viewing.