This Saturday, America will set the skies ablaze in honor of its 239th birthday. Admittedly, fireworks never look quite as spectacular as they do on the 4th of July, especially over New York City’s iconic skyline. But we feel for some New Yorkers who might have grown tired, over the years, of watching the same old show over the Hudson River (now East River, thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s firm stance on New York fireworks strictly for New York). Here are a few ways we found to enjoy the holiday with a new twist.
1. The Hermione at South Street Seaport
Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport will host a replica of The Hermione, the ship that brought Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year old volunteer soldier who became the youngest general in George Washington’s army, to America. The frigate, built by hand from the plans of the original ship, will stay at Pier 15 for most of the week, hosting a number of public tours and parties, and will join the Lafayette Parade of Ships past the Statue of Liberty on July 4th. Find more information here.