New Yorkers know a thing or two about big and bright and won't be backing down this July 4th holiday. The Big Apple will host numerous unique Independence Day activities for revelers of all shapes, sizes and ages. From awe-inspiring fireworks shows to all-ages events to free parties, the day will be jam-packed with culture, spectacle and, of course, celebration. Check out AXS's guide to 4th of July in New York below.
Where to watch fireworks: Home to the world-famous Macy's Firework Spectacular, the New York area will also offer shows in Coney Island, Oyster Bay and just across the Hudson in nearby New Jersey.
Family friendly events: A family in tow won't slow down the party in NYC, where all-ages activities include everything from an African arts festival to a beach bazaar to Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Free events: Save your change by exploring the city's numerous complimentary events, including concerts, picnics and more.