Independence Day, commonly known as July 4th or the Fourth of July, commemorates the Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document, primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, served as a formal announcement that the 13 American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and would henceforth be free and independent states.
Regarded as the birthday of the United States of America, the day is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks, ceremonies, barbecues and family gatherings.
Fun Facts About 4th of july
In 1778, George Washington celebrated the fourth of july by giving his soldiers a double ration of rum and a salute via artillery.
In 1791, the term “Independence Day” was officially recorded for the first time.
In 1870, Congress decided to make the fourth of July an unpaid holiday.
Then in 1938, Congress reinstated the fourth of July as a paid holiday.
Firecracker Fact Sheet
This year, Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks makes its second foray to the Hudson River. Here are prime places to catch the show.
By Randi Eichenbaum
Published Jun 23, 2010
West Side Highway
Choose from one of the many entrances below 59th Street along Eleventh Avenue and post up before the show’s approximate 9:20 p.m. start time.
Piers 54 and Pier 84
West St. and 13th St. / West St. and 44th St.
These two piers are the only ones that Macy’s recommends going to for a clear view of the show.
Despite a zero-tolerance policy for rooftop parties and open containers, Hoboken looks to be a promising spot for clear views of the fireworks. Check out their street festival in honor of the occasion beforehand on Frank Sinatra Drive, between 1st and 7th Streets, which starts at noon.
Water Taxi Cruise
South Street Seaport, Pier 17; 212-742-1969
There are still tickets left for Water Taxi’s annual Fourth of July cruise. The $100 ticket includes munchies, and there will be a cash-only bar selling beer and wine. Leaving from the South Street Seaport, the ship will head west to see the spectacle. For tickets, go here.
23rd St. and FDR Dr.; 212-288-1975
Expect to get plenty tipsy on this open-bar Fourth of July cruise. Tickets are $150 (or $99 per person for groups of ten or more) and also include a buffet dinner and D.J. You can reserve a spot here.
South Street Seaport, Pier 17; 212-518-4604
Touting itself as the largest passenger sailboat in the U.S., the Clipper City, which is modeled after an 1854 tall ship, is going big for the Fourth. For $350, you’ll get grilled meats off a BBQ pit and a Champagne open bar on this five-and-a-half-hour sail. Tickets can be purchased here.
621 W. 46th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-315-9400
General admission to Hudson Terrace’s fireworks-viewing party is sold out, but should you decide to go fancy this year there are still a number of VIP packages available. You can choose among a handful of luxuries (and price points), which range from bottles of Champagne to tickets to an after-party at a yet-to-be-announced locale. Tickets can be purchased here.
Press Lounge at Ink48
653 Eleventh Ave., at 48th St.; 212-757-2224
A perfect opportunity to check out our rooftop bar of choice‘s wraparound terrace . The $225 cover includes four hours of open bar and passed hors d’oeuvre. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sky Room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Times Square
330 W. 40th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-380-1195
At 400 feet above ground, there shouldn’t be much to obstruct your view at this brand-new rooftop bar. There’s no cover, and reservations for table service are available. Of the different areas here, the Northside Terrace will be the best place to take in the show, we’re told.