Why are we the best? Because no one celebrates the 4th of like New Yorkers. We host firework shows over the ocean, live music on the lakefront and mouthwatering barbeque that spices up your summer. Don’t wait to plan your 4th of July holiday--check out these 10 celebrations and make it memorable.   

1. New York State's 4th of July Celebration 
Journey to New York's capital for a dazzling firework show above Empire State Plaza. Every year, thousands of visitors gather to celebrate the 4th in style so join the party with dozens of food vendors, arts and crafts, music and family-friendly events all evening long. 

Lake George Fireworks Photo by Renee Photography
2. Fireworks over Lake George at Shepard’s Park
Relax waterside at Lake George this 4th of July weekend. The beauty of the region's mountains juxtaposed with lakes is breathtaking in the summertime. Fish, splash and play, then watch the village's fireworks display (you'll be able to watch from all along the waterfront).

Jones Beach
3. 4th of July at Jones Beach
Spend your weekend on this dreamy Long Island beach soaking in the sun and surf. Sprawl along over six miles of sand, where you can swim, surf, boat, fish and even birdwatch! Don't miss the fireworks extravaganza over the water on the evening of July 4.

Canalside Buffalo
4. Canalside firework display
You’ve heard about the fun down at Canalside, but you probably haven’t seen one of its most colorful events--4th of July. Head down to the waterfront and watch the fireworks light up the Buffalo sky.  

5. Lake Placid’s 4th of July fireworks 
Every summer, New Yorker and visitors alike gather on the shores of Mirror Lake for food, music and a night sky colored with fireworks. Head into the village for an afternoon parade, live performances at Mid’s Park and the waterfront fireworks at 9:30pm to finish off the night. 

Walkway Over The Hudson - Photo Courtesy of Beautiful Destinations
6. Walkway over the Hudson
It’s no surprise that the longest footbridge in the world hosts its own 4th of July party. Lighting up the water along the Hudson River, the walkway will open to the public at 7pm followed by an extravagant firework display around 9pm. Bring friends, family and head to the Hudson for America’s Independence Day. 

Fort Ticonderoga from Mt. Defiance
7. Independence Day Weekend
Celebrate Independence Day in Ticonderoga - the very ground where soldiers fought to secure our freedom. See how American soldiers of 1777 celebrated after a bitter siege against British and German soldiers. Don't forget to check out the musket and cannon demonstrations!

8. Old-Fashioned Independence Day
Go old school this Independence Day in Germantown. Celebrate with 18th-century arts and crafts, reenactors, music and a delicious spread of foods. You'll have fun - and learn a little about New York history!

Hanford Mills Museum

9. Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum
Celebrate our country's birthday the old-fashioned way. Play and laugh in East Meredith with a children's fishing derby, sack races, tug-of-war and frog-jumping contests. With live music, food and more - it's the perfect way to spend Independence Day with friends and family.

Statue of Liberty Fireworks
10. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
The annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular makes its return to the East River, viewable from both Manhattan and Brooklyn. Light up your 4th of July and watch from one of NYC's most famous landmarks - the Brooklyn Bridge!

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