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Fourth of July Holiday Guide

Celebrating Independence Day in New York City is a one-of-a-kind experience, but you won’t want to wait until the last minute to make your Fourth of July plans! Whether you want to be dazzled by Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks or have a relaxing picnic in Madison Square Park, the Flatiron District has you covered with all of the information you need to have an unforgettable Fourth of July.

Where to Watch Fireworks

Macy’s 40th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks show will return to the East River this year. The show will begin at 9:25 p.m. and last for about 25 minutes. Fireworks will be set off from Brooklyn Bridge and four other barges between 23rd and 37th Streets.

If you’re looking to watch fireworks in the Flatiron District, then be sure to check out the Fourth of July BBQ and Fireworks events at the rooftop bar at 230 FIFTH. The event goes from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., with a $20 cover from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, please call the venue directly at (212) 725-4300.

Where to Experience a Beach in the City

Eataly’s seaside restaurant, SABBIA, features delicious Italian coastal fare like Island Creek Oysters, local swordfish, and Prosciutto Cotto, as well as an endless list of refreshing summer wine, cocktails, and beers. Daily hours and menu information can be found here.

Where to Have a Picnic

Escape the summer heat in the shade of the beautiful trees and horticulture at Madison Square Park. Bring your own picnic food, or treat yourself to all-American burgers, fries, and shakes at the original Shake Shack. While there be sure to check out Martin Puryear’s monumental “Big Bling” sculpture. The temporary outdoor work is free to the public, and part of the Mad. Sq. Art Program by our friends at the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

If you want to enjoy free WiFi while you dine, then be sure to check out the Flatiron Public Plazas at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue. ilili BOX, located in the North Public Plaza between 23rd and 24th Streets, serves a variety of Mediterranean inspired sandwiches and sides. On the South Public Plaza between 22nd and 23rd Streets, Flatiron Green Café offers a wide selection of wraps, paninis, salads, and fresh juices.

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with a patriotic dessert then treat yourself to an American Flag cupcake pack at Baked by Melissa, which has a Flatiron District location at 111 East 23rd Street.

Where to Shop Before Your Weekend Beach Getaway

For those escaping the NYC heat with a weekend at the beach or the pool, be sure to check out the wide range of women’s swimsuits at one of the many trendy Flatiron District boutiques. Some of our favorites include Athleta Flatiron at 126 Fifth Avenue, Club Monaco at 160 Fifth Avenue, and Sweaty Betty at 168 Fifth Avenue.

How to Get Around

Visit the MTA's website to help plan your transportation over the July 4th holiday weekend. Alternate-side parking rules and parking meter regulations will be suspended on July 4th. More information on holiday alternate-side parking suspensions can be found here; you may also call 311 for the up-to-the-minute status.

Image by Anthony Quintano, via Flickr



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