New York Independence Day Celebrations

Image by Global Jet on FlickrNew York City is famous for so many things. There’s no city on earth that rivals it for things to do.  One of them is to visit the spectacular Fourth of July celebration. Thousands of people flock to NY to see the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks.

Macy’s has always been in the business of showmanship. From their world-renowned Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they’ve made a name for themselves as not only a department store, but a destination for fun.

The fireworks, of course, can’t be held at the Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan for safety and space reasons. But they are sponsored by the department store. At a little after 9:00 pm every Fourth of July, the celebration kicks off. The Hudson River is the glorious backdrop for the multi-colored party.

Image by Randy Le'Moine Photography on FlickrThere are six barges that will be the sites of the displays along the Hudson River. Each year Macy’s has a theme to their display. For 2011, it is American Harmony. Its focus is a trip through American music, its history, and highlights.

What could be more patriotic than listening to American music played by the New York Pops Orchestra and accompanied by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? The fireworks will be enhanced by such distinguished performances. These aren’t the only acts that will perform either. For 2011, the acts will include the U.S. Army Soldier’s Chorus, United We Sing, Broadway Inspirational Voices, and Straight No Chaser.

It’s not just a whole bunch of singing with no organization. New Yorkers expect more. The fireworks will be carefully synchronized with the voices and they will also be broadcast over the radio live. You don’t have to come down to the piers as the fireworks will be visible all over Manhattan and will light up the night sky. Can’t come to New York? You can still watch the show on NBC TV live, make yourself some Independence Day cookies, kick back and enjoy the show!

Image by Tony the Misfit on FlickrThose who are in NY can also take part in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest. It starts on Coney Island at 12 noon each Fourth of July. The contest can be entered by anyone and was originally started as a way to settle an argument back in the day between two immigrants as to who could eat the most Nathan’s hotdogs. Enter or come out and view the belly-busting celebration! Consider it New York's fourth of July gift to you!

Along with the fireworks and contest, New York also offers visitors a chance to enjoy a cruise around the harbor. Many cruise lines will take passengers around the Hudson River and include drinks and dinner on the Fourth of July. It’s a great way to see the fireworks from right on the river. Bring the whole family for a night they won’t soon forget. New York visitors’ bureaus offer all the information you need to book your night cruise. You can also find the information on the internet by searching “Fourth of July river cruise New York” or other like terms.

New York is one festive place to be any time of year. But on the Fourth of July, it is an even more colorful celebration of life and another excuse to visit the world-renowned city. No one ever leaves New York disappointed. Especially not on the Fourth of July after seeing the spectacular Hudson River fireworks display.