Home of the renowned Macy’s Fourth of July pyrotechnic display with more than 75,000fireworks, New York City is one of the best places in the country to spend Independence Day. With dozens of rooftop bars to choose from, as well as, legendary landmarks like the Empire State Building, the city offers a number of sites to see the fireworks, which will start at 9:25 p.m. over the East River off Manhattan between 24th and 41st streets. Top places to view the display include the intersection of 42nd Street and FDR Drive, Avenue C and 18th Street, and Houston Street and FDR Drive. The fireworks can also be seen from WNYC Transmitter Park and East River State Park in Brooklyn.
The Jim Henson Exhibition
For the young and young-at-heart, The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image explores the puppeteer's iconic work for film and television and his impact on culture. Featuring hundreds of objects from his amazing television and motion picture career, which included such classics as The Muppet Show, the Muppet movies, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth, the exhibit showcases some of his most popular characters, such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, and a Skeksis, as well as character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and costumes. The exhibition, which begins on July 2, is free, though headphones can be purchased at the admissions desk for $2.
Champagne City Lights Cruise
This one and a half-hour cruise of lower Manhattan, which boards at the Chelsea Piers, is a great way to view New York's mythical skyline. Enjoy a complimentary beer, wine or glass of champagne while sailing on a 1920s-inspired motor yacht that will take passengers past Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The tour also includes views of Battery Park, South Street Seaport, One World Trade Center and the Financial District. Another option is to board a Live Jazz City Lights Sail, which features a jazz band aboard the deck of a breathtaking 105-foot schooner, or a Live Irish Music Cruise, which features a live Irish music band playing classics.
Other options while in New York this week include the 16th Annual Arab Street Festival, which features music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street from Broadway to Lafayette. Try the Moroccan b’steeya meat pies, Lebanese kanafeh cheese pastries, fried eggplant, or falafel while watching local and international stage performers, shopping for jewelry, or getting a henna tattoo. Also, the New York at Its Core exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York revisits the city's 400-year history and its numerous transformations. The permanent exhibition traces the city’s beginnings as a “striving Dutch village” to its current incarnation as the “Capital of the World,” showcasing more than 400 objects, interactive displays and the stories of New York’s most influential characters, like Alexander Hamilton, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia and Jay Z.