We think it's safe to say that America is in a pretty weird place right now. We won't get into it, namely because it's too depressing and we don't need to be reminded of that right now.
But we can still celebrate all that is good about this country for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
And despite the fact that the majority of the city disappears to the outer regions for the holiday weekend, there's plenty of dope stuff to take advantage of right here in the city.
We're mostly interested in rooftops - a thing that's super fun already but becomes downright magical when there's fireworks involved.
There's also tons of other events going on, so read on to discover all the ways you can have the best Fourth of July weekend in NYC.
spoiled NYC's 4th of July Weekend Sunset Cruise
How does a vodka open bar courtesy of 50 Bleu Vodka, free beer and wine, passed h’ordeuvres, three hours of dancing, and breathtaking views courtesy of World Yacht’s absolute beaut, Duchess, sound for a 4th of July Party?
Pretty damn good, right? Join us for our July 4th Weekend Sunset Booze Cruise and this dream can become a reality.
It’s all going down Sunday, July 3rd, 6:30 p.m., at Pier 81, located at West 41st Street & the West Side Highway– come hell, high water, rain, or shine– and the party won’t stop until at least 9:30 p.m. That’s three, count ‘em three, hours of madness.
Seriously, what better way is there to celebrate America than by taking in breathtaking views of the greatest city in the world? Get your tickets right here!
Blue Note Jazz Festival
If you'd prefer to kick back with some good music for the 4th rather than hit up a rager, head to the Blue Note Jazz Fest.
This festival has been in existence in NYC since 1981 and has seen performances by jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and many more.
The event runs until Saturday, July 2nd at various venues around the city. Check out the full schedule here.
July 4th Fireworks Rooftop Viewing BBQ @ The Ravel Hotel
We've accepted the fact that Fourth of July in NYC is really just about finding the best places to watch the fireworks. As well as eat the best food and drink the best cocktails while we're doing that, of course.
Ravel Hotel is your spot for all this and more, and it's all going down on Monday, July 4th. Get your tickets here before it's too late.
4th of July On The East @ Industry Kitchen
We need more roof in our lives. Do you need more roof in your life? Yes, yes you do.
That's why you should head to Industry Kitchen on Sunday, July 3rd for their 4th of July celebration, which includes an open bar and buffet, not to mention some of the most amazing views of Manhattan.
Grab your tickets here!
Rooftop Party @ Rivington Hotel
4th of July in NYC is all about the views.
On July 4th at the penthouse at the Rivington Hotel, guests can enjoy an open bar, gourmet buffet and the unobstructed 360-degree panoramic view of East River, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Willamsburg Bridge, as well as the Midtown and Brooklyn skylines.
They're not messing around. Get your tickets here.
Midsummer Night Swing @ Lincoln Center
What better way to celebrate than with an massive outdoor dance party?
Midsummer Night Swing is back at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park from June 21st to July 9th, where participants can take a variety of dance classes from some amazing instructors.
But our your best red, white, and blue attire for July 4th weekend classes and get ready to dance the night away.
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Nothing says 'Murica quite like watching people shove grotesque portions of hot dogs in their faces in competition with each other.
Head out to Coney Island on the 4th to catch this year's 100th anniversary contest, and marvel yet again at the physical fitness of people who eat lard professionally.
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
This is what it's all about, right?
This 40th anniversary event will feature the best firework display in NYC, as well a performance by Kenny Chesney.
You can catch it broadcast live on NBC, but come on, you really should be watching them from a rooftop in Manhattan.
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