Thursday marks the 237th year of American independence and nicely coincides with the reopening of the Statue of Liberty, after Sandy. Here are some of The Core’s suggestions for the different activities and events happening this 4th of July weekend. Disclaimer: this blog post was written by a Brit, I know so hilarious, how contradictory? Anyhow enjoy your Independence Day (no, not the movie with Will Smith). Take advantage of what this great city has to offer, applicable for long time residents and visitors alike. 

Firework? Fireworks? FIREWORKS!

What would the 4th of July be without fireworks? Well, it would be a whole lot less exciting…and noisy. Here are some of the best places in the city to watch Fireworks.


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1. Pier 59

You might not want to attend the whole Chelsea Brewing Company July 4th experience, however, you can still make your way down to Pier 59 and see the fireworks. For more information about attending go here.

2. Empire State Building

Get to see the fireworks from this peak, you will feel almost immersed in the lights which will engulf the entire city.

Details: 5th ave. between 33rd&34th St. | Adults – $25, Children – $19 | For more information go here

3. CitySights Tours 

With CitySights see the fireworks from the water. CitySIghts are offering boat rides on the 4th, giving you a different viewing perspective of the fireworks and the city. It will also include a DJ on board, a bar and other great additions.

Details: Pier 78 12th ave. & 38th St.| For more information and to buy tickets go here 

For other viewing spots check out the map for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Fun For the Family

Madison Square Park is offering a lot of free activities over July 4th weekend that can be fun for the whole family. Children can enjoy their Art in the Park Workshop (5th&6th), whilst parents sit back and relax or grab a bite from the popular Shake Shack.


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DetailsArt in the Park 7/5&7/6, 10:00am-4:30pm | FREE

Chelsea Brewing Company 4th of July Extravaganza

Located on Pier 59 the Chelsea Brewing Company is prime location to spend your 4th of July. This year they are having their own event for the holiday which includes an open bar, appetizers, brewery tours and much much more. Furthermore, possibly the highlight of the evening, is a private viewing area to see the fireworks.

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Details: 5;30pm-9:30pm | price – $175 per ticket | for more information and how to get tickets go here