Independence Day in New York City

I went away for another few days last weekend. After visiting Stowe, Vermont, a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I now went to celebrate 4th of July in New York City. I’ve been to this world-class city a few times before, each time visiting a few major attractions. Having covered pretty much every big highlight, I can now start focusing on exploring less visited areas in New York City, which is exactly what the past weekend was about and why we booked a place to stay in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan.

New York City 4th of July Celebrations

That being said, the first place we went to on Friday was One World Trade Center. The One World Observatory opened to the public only recently and is the only major attraction in New York City that we couldn’t yet visit during our previous visits.

We purchased our tickets ($32 each) for the earliest available elevator to the top, which was at 6.30pm.

In the meantime, we paid a visit to the High Line, a wonderful park located on an old elevated railway in western Manhattan. From the park, which is essentially a narrow walkway flanked by vegetation, you have great views of the streets below and the skyline of Midtown Manhattan.

New York City 4th of July Celebrations: The High Line
The High Line

We then headed back to One World Trade Center, which ended up being one of the most spectacular attractions I’ve visited in a long time. It was jaw-dropping, literally.

New York City 4th of July Celebrations: One World Observatory
View from the One World Observatory

On Saturday, we visited a couple of flea markets in Brooklyn and walked across a couple of beautiful Brooklyn neighborhoods, such as Fort Greene and Brooklyn Heights. Additionally, we enjoyed the marvelous views of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

New York City 4th of July Celebrations: Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Brooklyn Heights Promenade

In the evening, we headed to East River Park in Williamsburg to watch the Independence Day fireworks over the East River and backed by the Manhattan skyline.

New York City 4th of July Celebrations: Fireworks
Fireworks seen from East River Park, Brooklyn

The next morning, Sunday, we made our way to Coney Island, the very southern edge of Brooklyn and a place that I had never even thought about visiting before. However, after reading about it in a local magazine, I figured that it might be worth it. And I was right. The place is unexpectedly overwhelming, home to roller coasters, a sandy beach, beach bars, a great promenade and many other attractions.

New York City 4th of July Celebrations: Coney Island Beach
Beach in Coney Island

Coney Island surprised me in a super-positive way and I can’t wait to see what other surprises New York City has in store.

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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