There may be millions of New Yorkers packing their bags and leaving for the long Fourth of July weekend, but there is plenty to do right here in the area! Check out just some of the events and festivities going on in the New York City area to celebrate July 4th.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

- Defnitely the biggest event taking place in NYC on Thursday. It's free as long as you can find a spot along the Hudson River where you can see the fireworks. The show starts at 9pm and features Usher, Mariah Carey, and a number of big stars. The fireworks show will be taking place over the Hudson River between 24th and 40th streets. There also will be a light show on the Empire State Building's spire. You can also watch it on NBC starting at 8pm. Get all the details here. 

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

- For Coney Island and Brooklyn, Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest is the biggest July 4th weekend event. It's free to attend if you can find a spot on the boardwalk outside Nathan's Famous Restaurant at 1310 Surf Avenue and the show takes place from 10:30am to 1pm. It's also airing on ESPN 2. Click here for details.

Statue of Liberty Reopens

- The Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4th after being closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The re-opening has been highly anticipated so it may be tough to get tickets.

Midsummer Night Swing

- Celebrate July 4th with dance lessons. You can head over to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center at 6:30pm for the dance lessons and at 7:30pm there is a "Battle of the Big Bands." Tickets are $17. Click here for more info.

Liberty Belle Extravaganza: A Vintage 4th of July Rooftop Spectacular

- If you're looking for a party you may want to check out either of the two Liberty Belle Extravaganza rooftop party locations. Bands, burlesque, vaudeville acts, and more! The "Uptown" party is going on at the Empire Hotel and the "Downtown" party is taking place at "The DL." Tickets are $35 to $40. You can find out more here.

New-York Historical Society Independence Day Celebration

- If you want to celebrate the history of July 4th then you may want to check out some of the New York Historical Society's assortment of family friendly activities. You can do everything from talk to Benjamin Franklin to try out some ice cream. Kids under 18 are admitted for free. Find out more here.

Independence Day Party at Historic Richmond Town

- If you're going to be in Staten Island you can enjoy a historic July 4th party. Churn old time ice cream, meet patriotic villagers from the 1800s, or bring your best homemade pie to compete in a special pie baking contest! Tickets are $5 to $8 and the party is taking place at 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island. Get more info here.

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