Five Free Ways to Spend the Fourth of July

Looking for some fun, free ways to spend your Fourth of July holiday in or around New York City? Check out our list below for some fun activities.

July 03, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

Fourth of July in NYC is full of family fun and free events. Check out these five ways to spend your Fourth!

Omar’s Block Party at Fantasy Forest

This family-friendly party has DJ music, dance-offs, games, rides, magic shows, and more! Find it at the Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park from 2pm–6pm.

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

Venture outside of the boroughs to celebrate the Fourth with carnival rides, live music, food, drinks, and more! The Fourth Annual Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival kicks off at 1pm at Liberty State Park. Festivities run until 10pm, so there’s something for everyone!

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

This Independence Day tradition began in 1916, when the first Nathan’s Famous opened in Coney Island, and is now 101 years old! Gather at 1310 Surf Avenue on July Fourth to see some world-famous eaters chow down for the crown. Contest begins at 1pm!

4th of July in Coney Island

Afterwards, head over to the beach and boardwalk to enjoy all that Coney Island has to offer. Stick around until sundown for a free fireworks show!

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Macy’s is celebrating 41 years of Fourth of July spectaculars, featuring musical performances, an original score, and, of course, an astonishing fireworks display! Catch the show live at 8pm on NBC or in person—here’s where to go to get the best view of the fireworks.


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