Go Out in Star-Spangled Style!
Arguably the most momentous holiday in the US calendar, the 4th of July marks not only the nation's independence from the Brits but also a fabulous excuse to party! And many New Yorkers celebrate the occasion by gazing and gasping at Macy's huge-scale fireworks display over the Hudson River, which this year will feature a performance from R'n'B diva Mariah Carey, no less.
The choice of events on offer is seemingly endless, but for a laid-back summery day we recommend moseying down to trendy Chelsea Market to admire the icy display of fresh lobsters from Maine and tuck into a mighty lobster roll of fresh claw and tail meat, celery, scallions, and lemon mayo, over a grilled top-split bun from Shack in the Back.
In the same seasonal thread, cool down with an all-natural strawberry, rhubarb or peach popsicle from People's Pops. From there, hot-foot up to the High Line - an abandoned, elevated railroad track that has since been converted into a scenic, urban oasis running along Tenth Ave - offering some of the best views of the Hudson River.
However, if you long for a crowd-free view of the pyrotechnics extravaganza, book a ticket quick-sharp for Manhattan By Sail, where you will join the crew of the luxury Shearwater schooner for a prime ribs barbecue and a primetime view. Anchors away!