Where Liberty Dwells

The best way to celebrate July 4th in the big apple.

No place in the world knows how to celebrate America’s independence quite like New York City. Hot dogs, fireworks, and patriotism abound during this fun-filled summer holiday, easily making the Fourth of July one of our favorite times of the year.

Nothing will put you in a more patriotic mood than a trip to see two of America’s greatest monuments of freedom and opportunity: The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Known as one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, Lady Liberty represents a gleaming beacon for those seeking a better life. Whether you’re interested in climbing up to the crown to enjoy incredible panoramic views or simply want a souvenir from the museum shop, there’s no better way to absorb our country’s impressive history. (Liberty Island)

But why stop there? The nearby Ellis Island Immigration Museum also provides an equally enriching cultural experience. Visitors can explore the building that served as the first port of entry into the United States as well as search ship manifests for passenger names in the American Family Immigration History Center. If you look close enough, you may just find a name you recognize.

Do you enjoy rides, the beach, hot dogs, and a general good time? If so, Coney Island is the place for you. Visitors can spend the day swimming in the ocean, checking out the newest rides in Luna Park, or just taking a nice long stroll along the boardwalk. But when it comes to food, a trip to Nathan’s Famous for one of their delicious hot dogs is an absolute must. We must warn you though — they’re pretty addictive. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and find out who will become this year’s champion.

Of course, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without witnessing the spectacular display of Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks. Returning to the East River this year, this iconic event will light up the night sky in a way like you’ve never seen before. Picture taking is not only allowed, but also encouraged. That is, if you can manage to pull yourself away from the extravaganza long enough to document the experience.

However, for the more sports-oriented crowd, taking in a game of America’s favorite pastime can be just as patriotic. Watch as the Mets take on the Rangers at Citi Field. Just be sure to stick around afterward for a stunning display of post-game fireworks. Now that’s what we call a homerun holiday! (12301 Roosevelt Ave.)

But no matter what activity you choose, one thing’s for sure — you’re going to have the best time. After all, what could be better than a day filled with family, food, and fireworks?