Summer Fun

Baby, You’re a Firework

Celebrate America’s birthday on land, on water, and in the air.

We like to think of the Fourth of July as a distinctively New York holiday. After all, where will you find a more fiercely independent spirit than on the creative and entrepreneurial streets of the five boroughs?

The Fourth offers a chance for us fast-talking and -walking New Yorkers to slow down. For one thing, it’s a summer day without work (thanks, Founding Fathers!) when we can enjoy our amazing beaches, our only-in-NY ice cream creations, and, of course, our fireworks! Because come sunset, the whole city looks up to the sky and lets out a collective “whoooa.”

We’ve got the best ways to find your whoa—whether you like to see the skyline light up from a historic sailboat, a rooftop perch, or 86 floors above Manhattan.

New York City boasts the biggest fireworks display in the nation (naturally). The 25-minute pyrotechnics show, accompanied by live music, illuminates the city like nothing else—and is worth seeing from a special vantage. We’ve got plenty of those. Find a festive adventure to the right, or let our What Should We Do?! experience advisers customize your celebration.

Photo courtesy of Dennis Cahlo

Here’s a chance to hop a ride on one of the most beautiful sailboats you’re likely to see. In addition to the amazing views and fireworks, you can enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and an open bar featuring a selection of local beers, soda, wine, and champagne. $468