4. Chinatown Celebrates Chinese New Year

For a more traditional Chinese New Year celebration, participate in the various parades taking place across the city. One of the largest, held on February 25 from 1pm to 4:30pm, winds through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown. Nearby, in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, you can watch more than 600,000 firecrackers lighting off in celebration of the Year of the Dog!

Similar festivities will also take place in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Flushing, Queens and from Madison Street to Madison Avenue, inviting hordes of people and vendors to gather on the streets of New York City.