The Perfect Fourth of July in New York

The Fourth of July is a time to relax, enjoy live music, and watch fireworks light up the night sky. Each year, New Yorkers celebrate what it means to be American through barbecue festivals, fun crafts, food vendors, and hot dog eating contests. Get ready to get patriotic and have the perfect Fourth of July in the Empire State. 

1. New York State’s 4th of July Celebration, Albany, NY

Every year since 1976, the state’s capital hosts a Fourth of July celebration at Empire State Plaza that draws thousands of revelers for crafts, food, fireworks, and live music. This year’s event, sponsored by Price ChopperKISS 102.3, and Times Union features big performances by Smash Mouth, Moriah Formica, New York State Army National Guard Color Guard, and many more.

2. Saratoga’s All American Celebration, Saratoga, NY

Head to Saratoga for a weekend-long celebration of Independence Day that includes road races, dog parades, a barbecue festival, a classic car show, and fireworks. This year’s event is sponsored by D.A. Collins Companies, Ben & Jerry’s, Park City Eatery, and more.

3. 2018 July 4th Celebration, Buffalo, NY

This waterfront entertainment space in downtown Buffalo comes alive with patriotic events every year. The family-friendly venue hosts music, crafts, food, and a spectacular firework show to celebrate the national holiday. 

4. Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island, NY

The legendary Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place on July 4 in Coney Island every year. Eaters from around the world jockey just to qualify for the contest, making this patriotic New York City tradition a must-see.

5. Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, New York, NY

Macy’s hosts its annual fireworks spectacular over the East River, where spectators can enjoy the show from both Manhattan and Brooklyn. Many people view the fireworks from boats, helicopters, and the Brooklyn Bridge. This year’s festivities will start off with Kelly Clarkson singing “God Bless America,” with many other major stars making this a major lineup.

6. 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, Highland, NY

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, the beautiful Walkway over the Hudson allows ticketholders to watch a glorious firework display over the Hudson River with prime seating. You can buy tickets at Adam’s Fairacre Farms, Pomod’oro Pizzeria Cafe, and Walkway Pavilions.

7. Lake Placid Fourth of July Parade, Lake Placid, NY

Visitors from near and far gather for Lake Placid’s Fourth of July Gala Parade. After the parade and free children’s jazz concert in Mid’s Park, the town sponsors live music in Mid’s Park and fireworks over Mirror Lake.

8. An Old-Fashioned Independence Day, Germantown, NY

Reenactments and period entertainment put you in the spirit of 18th century American Independence. Families will enjoy a day of arts and crafts, live music, and tasty food that ends with fireworks over the Hudson River.

9. Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular, Wantagh, NY

If you want to catch an amazing firework show on the beach, The Jones Beach Fireworks show is not to be missed. Just bring your friends, your blanket, and one alcoholic beverage per adult and enjoy the fireworks as they light up the sky.

10. Best 4th in the North Celebration, Ticonderoga, NY

The Best 4th in the North is an all-weekend-long summer celebration that includes farmers markets, fair rides, firefighter competitions, performances, dance parties, and a grand fireworks display at dusk.

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