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10 Ways to Celebrate the 4th in NYC

Independence Day is coming up, so let’s celebrate, NYC!

4th of July may only be one day, but we’ve got tons of ways to make a bang all week long! Sail over to Lady Liberty, hop on board an aircraft carrier, rock out to an American birthday jam, and more! 

Toddler Summer Camp at Congregation at Shearith Isreal
Thursday, July 2nd, 9:30 am / Upper West Side / 16 months – 2.8 years old

Drop in to enjoy outdoor time with small wading pools outside on their Portico “beach,” an enclosed space facing Central Park, in addition to having some fun in the beautiful Fidanque Youth Room. There’s time for play, craft projects, exercises, saying berakhot (blessings), snack, stories, music, and more.

Liberty Cruise
Daily, various times / Financial District / 4 – 12 years old

What’s more patriotic than paying a visit to Lady Liberty? Cruise the New York Harbor while getting a close look at the Statue of Liberty and the iconic Manhattan skyline right from the water. Kids under 4 ride free.


The Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum
Daily, 10 am to 4 pm / Hell’s Kitchen / 5 – 12 years old

Celebrate Independence Day by learning about all the men and women that have fought for our country. Climb aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid to explore the space shuttle Enterprise, see the world’s fastest jet, visit a guided missile submarine, and more!

FunikiJam’s America’s Birthday Jam Music Class
Various times, locations / AstoriaHell’s Kitchen /  Upper East Side / 12 months – 3 years old

Get ready for a musical adventure focused entirely on America’s birthday! The only dance-along, sing-along, play-along class that mixes high-energy award-winning songs and stories will have your kiddos celebrating America and music!


4th of July Fruit Tart at Agata and Valentina
Thursday, July 4th, 11:30 am / Upper East Side / 5 – 12 years old

Show your stars and stripes at this patriotic cooking class! After enjoying a healthy snack, each kiddo will get to assemble and decorate their own Red, White, and Blue Fruit Tart (7″) to create a flag design that’s both impressive and patriotic!

Open Play at Recess
Daily, various times / Dumbo / Birth – 6 years old

Visit this fun play space to burn off some extra energy before you celebrate the 4th—OR pop in after all the partying to work off the sugar high! Their custom-made play structures are designed for curious minds and busy bodies to explore.


Water Play & Gardening at Preschool of the Arts
Wednesday, July 3rd, 9:30 am / Greenwich Village / 12 months – 3 years old

Celebrate America by teaching your kids how to make green spaces beautiful! Your child will have the opportunity to strengthen their cognitive and motor development through the exploration of water and planting in their sunny backyard — equipped with a playground, water wall, and diverse vegetable garden!

Unlimited Play at PinBall Arcade
Daily, various times / Murray Hill / 3  – 17 years old

Got a pinball wizard on your hands? Nothing says summer like unlimited game time! You and your kids can try your hands at all of the pinball games, no tokens or cards required.  Kids under 3 play for free.


Summer Weekend Drop Off at the Children’s Museum of the East End
Saturday, July 6th, 10 am to 11 am  / Saturday, July 6th, 10 am to 12 pm / Bridgehampton / 4 – 9 years old

Need a little help after the big 4th of July celebration? Sign your kiddies up for this drop-off camp where your kids will enjoy crafts, play games, snack, and have a blast!

Ramblin’ Dan’s Freewheelin’ Band Outdoor Music Class
Monday, July 1st, 11 am / West Village / Birth – 2 years old

Ramblin’ Dan’s high energy and engaging classes are driven by playful musicality and skillful guitar work. His priorities are having fun, providing a pressure-free and comforting atmosphere, and helping kids gain confidence. At a Ramblin’ Dan music class, you’ll hear everything from Rock ‘n’ Roll, Reggae, Funk, Hip-Hop, Folk, to Bluegrass.

Want to discover and book more new activities in NYC? Check out all upcoming activities across the NY Metro for more Big Apple fun! 

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