Independence Day 2009 in New York City: July 4th Weekend Events

- Melissa Mewdell,

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No city gets the 4th of July better than New York! If you’re lucky enough to be spending Independence Day in the Big Apple, you’re in for a real treat. And, if you happen to be visiting New York City during Independence Day, we’ve listed some of New York City’s best hotels at the bottom of the article.

Macy’s 2009 July 4th fireworks:

This year, catch Macy’s July 4th Fireworks over the Hudson River. The show kicks off at 9:20 p.m. and runs for 26 minutes. The fireworks will be launched from barges on the river between 24th and 50th Streets.

The best views of New York City’s July 4th fireworks will be from Manhattan’s West Side between 23rd and 59th streets, as well as from New Jersey’s waterfront.

Great places to view New York’s fireworks include:
West Side Highway and area
Dewitt Clinton Park
Pier 54 and Pier 84
Side streets between 11th and 12th Avenues

Free Today Show and Good Morning America Concerts:

The Today Show and Good Morning America are each sponsoring a free summer concert series featuring big musicians in New York this summer. Luckily, some of the concerts take place over the July 4th weekend! Unluckily, the concerts start at 7 a.m. (but hey…they are free).

On Friday, July 3, you can see Rob Thomas at an ungodly 7 a.m. free concert at the Rockefeller Center (between 49th and 50th Streets near 5th Avenue).

You can also see Brad Paisley for free at an equally early 7 a.m. free concert in Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (near the park entrance at Fifth Avenue and East 69th Street).

Broadway Shows on July 4th in New York:

If you’re a big fan of Broadway Shows, you will want to be in New York this weekend. You can see some of Broadways best plays for just $59! Participating plays include Avenue Q, In the Heights, 9 to 5, MaryStuart, Shrek, The Normal Conquests, The 39 Steps, Waiting for Godot and August: Osage County.

Hotels in New York:

If you’re a visitor to New York City, you’ll want to make the most of your Independence Day weekend. We recommend staying right down town at one of the best hotels in New York:

Jumeirah Essex House
The Standard, New York
Soho House New York
60 Thompson

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