Celebrate 4th of July in Lower Manhattan
Fireworks. Food. Family. Friends. Flags. Fun. Independence Day is upon us, and it’s time to celebrate with many things starting in the letter F. That also includes the Financial District, one of the best places in NYC to spend the holiday. It’s the most historical part of the city, making it the ideal neighborhood for marking America’s founding and perseverance through the years. Although you won’t be able to watch the Macy’s fireworks show anywhere below Houston Street, there’s still plenty to see, hear and do in Lower Manhattan.
NYCRUNS Firecracker 5K & 10K
Take the rare opportunity to run on Governors Island, New York City’s backyard, and celebrate the 4th of July. Start off with a ferry ride to the island, run the 5K or 10K course with unrivaled views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty, then end the day with post-race food and drink.
Runners: $60, Spectators: $20
Lower Manhattan Historical Association Independence Day Parade
Watch marching bands, historical organizations, U.S. military veterans and more proceed through historic Lower Manhattan for this patriotic annual parade. The celebration will begin with a flag raising ceremony, a rifle salute, a marcher assembly and opening remarks from honorable attendees. The parade itself will begin in Battery Park and conclude at the South Street Seaport.
10:15am – 1:30pm
Castle Clinton National Monument, 17 Battery Place
Independence Day Open House at Fraunces Tavern Museum
The Fraunces Tavern played a prominent role before, during and after the American Revolution. It served as a headquarters for George Washington, a venue for negotiations with the British and a space for federal offices in the early days of the United States. It’s also believed to be Manhattan’s oldest surviving building. The building is now a museum showcasing Fraunces Tavern and its history, as well as various relevant art and artifacts. On Independence Day, enjoy $1 admission to the museum all day long.
12pm – 5pm
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl Street
July 4th Celebration at the Seaport District
The Rooftop at Pier 17, within the newly rebranded Seaport District, is Lower Manhattan’s hottest spot this summer. Head to the River Lounge for festive cocktails, sip a cold beer on the Heineken Riverdeck, eat at Market Hall or an artisanal food truck, play summer games and listen to live DJs spinning tunes.
11am – 6pm
Pier 17, 89 South Street
For more Lower Manhattan events on holiday weekends and beyond, check out the Q&A Hotel blog.