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HOW TO SPEND JULY 4TH 2013 IN NYC

PARTY BUSES AND 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

The 4th of July will be here before you know it, and if you’re wondering how you’re going to celebrate, we have a suggestion: How to Spend July 4th in NYC. A party bus will be a unique way for you and your friends to celebrate the holiday. Fireworks and BBQ are all major parts of the day, but the appeal of both will only be enhanced with the addition of a party bus. Here are a few ways you can spend the day with your friends.

MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW

The department store is known for celebrating the winter holidays with its grand parades, and it treats  the 4th of July with just as much pizzazz. This year, the show’s fireworks display and soundtrack will be designed by R&B star Usher. Spectators will be treated to Usher’s unique artistic vision as brilliant pyrotechnics flash over the Hudson River. 2013 marks Macy’s 37th Fourth of July celebration, and the first year it’s had a celebrity collaborator. With the help of its special guest, the show is sure to dazzle and delight.

STATUE OF LIBERTY RE-OPENING

The damage from Storm Sandy left Ellis Island closed to the public until the proper repairs could be made. Fittingly, though, the island and statue will re-open on July 4th.  If you do want to see Lady Liberty up-close, we’d recommend that you make this the first stop of the day. It’s a long climb to the top—393 steps, to be exact, and there’s no air conditioning. Visit before your revelry starts, because the last thing you want is for the day to be ruined, thanks to dehydration or other problems caused by drinking and stair-climbing.

NATHAN’S FAMOUS HOT DOG EATING CONTEST

Hot dogs are an integral part of the traditional 4th of July tradition. In addition to enjoying a delicious Frankfurter or two yourself, you can also watch competitive eaters go toe-to-toe at this eating contest. The winner receives $20,000, as well as the honor of seeing their names etched in history along side those of past winners such as Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut. The contest takes place on Coney Island, and before it starts, guests can enjoy live music and the amazing feats of the Coney Island Strongman.

METS VS. DIAMONDBACKS

For some,  there’s no better symbol of the U.S. than baseball. If your friends feel this way, take them out to the ball game, when the Mets will play against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Spend the day cheering on the Mets and getting psyched for the rest of the festivities afterwards. Power packs, which include food, drinks, and seats in the baseline box or left field landing, are available for purchase. Order online or call 718-507-TIXX if your group will have 13 or more people.

GOOD SPOTS TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS

Once the day ends and the night rises, that’s when the fun really begins. Here are some spots where you can view the fireworks.

SKY ROOM

If you want to be around the excitement of Times Square without actually being in the streets, the Sky Room is a great place to be. From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., drinks will flow from the open bar, and hungry partiers can enjoy traditional July 4thfare, such as burgers, chicken tenders, pigs in a blanket, and a bunch of other tasty, greasy, messy foods. You’ll be able to view the show from the outdoor patio, but televisions will also let you catch the action from indoors. Tickets are $100 per person, and the space is a popular one, so be sure that your group gets there early.

HUDSON TERRACE

Make a reservation here, and your table will be treated to a replenished beer bucket, as well as a four-hour open bar and a BBQ buffet. Guests will be able to watch the show from the streets in front of the hotel or from the roof.  On top of all that, Hudson Terrace throws its own party to accompany the regular Independence Day goings-on.  Patrons will receive party favors to remember their night by, and if they want to burn off the calories collected from all the beers and BBQ, a DJ will be spinning tunes until late into the night.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find something better than a party bus for adding that extra kick to your holiday. It’s an excellent way to celebrate in a safe but fun atmosphere: A qualified Chauffeur will do all the driving so you won’t have to worry about designated driving , and the club-like atmosphere, with its lights, iPod hookups, and other amenities, will make you feel like you and your troupe are at a VIP party. Without the worries of navigating, you’ll be free to enjoy your day to the fullest.

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