MANHATTAN — Last minute planners scrambling for a Fourth of July party away from the East River Macy's show might consider catching Jersey City’s Freedom and Fireworks Festival which is moving closer to New York City.
After a state government shutdown prompted the closure of New Jersey's public parks, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said Saturday the annual celebration will be moved from Liberty State Park to Exchange Place.
“I'm not willing to risk waiting around for the state government to act,” Fulop said in a Facebook post.
The fireworks themselves will be on display between Ellis Island and Liberty State Park, according to the Office of Emergency Management.
Manhattanites who prefer to stay on the island can still enjoy the display from locations along the Hudson River facing Liberty State Park like the Battery Park City Esplanade and Pier 25. Some restaurant options include:
Location: 375 South End Ave.
Near: Rector Street and Chamber Street stations
The Merchants River House offers family-friendly dining and a view of the Hudson River. Be sure to make reservations as they expect an increase in customers for the display.
Location: Hudson River Park, Pier 25
Near: Canal Street station
Grand Banks's location toward the end of Pier 25 offers an amazing view of the fireworks and Hudson River.
Farther afield on another body of water the Coney Island Steeplechase Spectacular Fireworks Show is another option.
► Coney Island, Steeplechase Plaza
Location: Boardwalk and W 19th Street
Near: Stillwell Avenue subway station
The Independence Day celebration kicks off with the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest at 11 a.m. Grown men and women have trained mentally and physically for months to scarf down hot dogs so fast it’d make Scooby Doo jealous.
Live music will follow with DJs from 92.3 AMP Radio bringing in the fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The fireworks display is free and best viewed along the boardwalk near W. 19th Street.
Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park will have games and entertainment all day long and offer views of the pyrotechnic display.