MACY’S FIREWORKS DISPLAY
According to About.com, this year Macy’s famous fireworks display will again illuminate the skies over the Hudson River, off Manhattan’s West Side, from six barges located between 24th Street and 50th Street. The spectacular show is set to begin around 9:20 PM and to last 26 minutes. It is always best to arrive at the viewing areas a couple of hours early and to bring whatever you need to be comfortable while sitting on the ground.Crowds are expected to line the banks of the Hudson all along the area between West 23rd Street and West 59th Street. Bathroom facilities will be minimal or nonexistent, so be prepared.
If you are on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, you can get good views of the fireworks from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City and North Bergen.
If you don’t mind paying for extra amenities and a great view, you can watch the fireworks display from the USS Intrepid, New York Waterway Tours or the Circle Line. For more information, including admission charges and reservations, check out their websites:
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum:http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/
New York Waterway Tours:http://www.nywaterway.com/NewsDetails.aspx?iid=12&spotlocation=MAIN
If you would rather book an elegant catering hall for a Fourth of July fireworks-watching party, you can try the Hudson Terrace:
NATHAN’S FAMOUS HOT DOG EATING CONTEST
The hot dog eating contest has been a tradition at Nathan’s since 1916. It takes place at the original Nathan’s, on Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island. The contest starts at noon. It will be crowded, so you are advised to get there before 11:00. Afterward, feel free to enjoy a Nathan’s hot dog (or two) yourself. Yes, they are good. I can personally testify to that.
Coney Island is located at the southern tip of Brooklyn. Several subway lines travel directly there, but the D train is the best one to take to get to Nathan’s. Take the D train to the last stop, and ask anyone where to find Nathan’s. You can’t miss it.
A concert by The Bronx Arts Ensemble Jazz and Dixieland Band is scheduled to take place in Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx at 2:00. Concertgoers are advised to bring their own folding chairs, although some seating will be provided. Van Cortlandt Park can be reached by taking the No. 1 IRT subway train to the last stop in The Bronx.
There will also be the traditional free concert at Battery Park in lower Manhattan, as part of the River-to-River Festival. For details, see their website: http://rivertorivernyc.com/
There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in New York City. These are only a few of them.
About.com: Manhattan, NY http://manhattan.about.com/od/eventsandattractions/a/nycjulyfourth.htm
River-to-River Festival: http://rivertorivernyc.com/