Things to Do in NYC

There's a certain buzz that you'll feel in the city that never sleeps. Visit these iconic NYC destinations for an unforgettable adventure.

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Taraji P. Henson, Katrina Bowden, Linda Gray, Diana Ramirez and Eve (L-R) line up to walk the runway in New York City. The women get dolled up in their best red dress for the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2011 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Julianne Hough, Ann Curry, Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves and Gayle King (L-R) pose for a picture at the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2011, an annual fashion show to encourage woman to lower their risk for heart disease. February is American Heart Month. 960 1280

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Project Runway Season 4 winner, Christian Siriano (center), poses with friends after his fall collection fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. 960 1280

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Rapper and actress Eve attends the Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011 show at The Theater at Lincoln Center. 960 1280

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Fashion journalist Louise Roe, Lo Bosworth from MTV's The Hills, and model Agyness Deyn (L-R) check out women walking the runway to show off Rebecca Minkoff's Fall 2010 Collection. 960 1280

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From the TV show Real Housewives of New York, Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord pose for a picture with their friend Patrick McDonald before the Academy of Art University's Fall 2011 fashion show. 960 1280

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Designer Tinsley Mortimer, Becca Diamond, musician Alexa Ray Joel, TV personality Olivia Munn, actress Mena Suvari and photographer Nigel Barker (L-R) attend the Jill Stuart Fall 2011 fashion show during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Model Petra Nemkova (fourth from L), actress Rosario Dawson, actress Rose Byrne, and actress Bella Heathcote watch the models walk the runway to show off the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2011Women's Collection. 960 1280

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Model Veronica Webb, celebrity stylist June Ambrose and actress Julia Stiles sit in the front row to see the Tracy Reese Fall 2011 fashion show. 960 1280

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Actress Gabrielle Union and TV news personality Natalie Morales are all smiles at the Tracey Reese Fall fashion show. 960 1280

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Paparazzi surround reality TV star Kim Kardashian taking her seat before the fashion show for Charlotte Ronson's Fall/Winter 2011 Collection. 960 1280

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Singer Fergie watches a model present a creation at the Diane Von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2011 collection during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Reality TV star Ramona Singer (center), of The Real Housewives of New York City, reacts to a model wearing an interesting creation at the Zang Toi Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show. 960 1280

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Musician Wyclef Jean stands for a quick photo op with the paparazzi before the Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2011 collection show during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Reality TV star Olivia Palermo (L), and actress Vanessa Hudgens smile for the camera at the Tibi Fall/Winter 2011 collection fashion show during Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Atlanta

Atlanta

There may be no better place in the South to catch this year’s fireworks than Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. The Fourth of July celebration features live entertainment, followed by an impressive display of fireworks. Doors open at 6 p.m. 960 1280

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis

Get ready to celebrate our nation’s independence, Midwest style, at Minneapolis’ annual Red, White and Boom festival. Located at the city’s downtown riverfront, the two-day celebration from July 3rd and 4th features live music and family fun, as well as one of the largest fireworks displays in the country. 960 1280

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Addison, TX

Addison, TX

Kaboom Town in Addison, Texas, is the largest fireworks display in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. With more than 1,500 pounds of fireworks, this Texas-sized party — complete with live entertainment, air shows, family-fun and more — has been recognized by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the top 10 fireworks displays in the country.  960 1280

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Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Visible for a 1-mile stretch of the boardwalk and beach, the fireworks in Atlantic City, NJ, are a show not to be missed. For more bright, colorful fun, check out the nightly 3-D light show on the Boardwalk Hall facade.  960 1280

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Boston

Boston

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular attracts more than 500,000 visitors to the Charles River Esplanade for the annual July Fourth celebration. The spectacle includes concerts and fireworks. Many locals argue that the best viewing spot for Boston's fireworks is across the river in Cambridge, Mass. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Navy Pier offers the perfect view of Fourth of July fireworks in the Windy City. Make the holiday even classier and take in the show from a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, where fireworks are also shot off every Wednesday and Friday during the summer.  960 1280

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Miami

Miami

What would Miami’s South Beach be without a little flair? Take in the dazzling fireworks display over the picturesque downtown landscape as the celebration on the Fourth is every bit as spectacular as the city’s world-famous nightlife. 960 1280

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Houston

Houston

Houston proves that everything is bigger in Texas with the country's largest land-based fireworks show. The annual "Freedom Over Texas" Fourth of July celebration features six hours of family activities and entertainment, followed by a fireworks show perfectly choreographed to music. 960 1280

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Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe, CA

Dig your feet into the sand at Lake Tahoe, Calif., and take in the display that the "Today" show has recognized as one of the country's top fireworks shows. The Lights on the Lake spectacle, which takes place twice a year, on July Fourth and Labor Day, can be seen from all over town, but it doesn't get much better than watching fireworks from the two best spots on the beach — Edgewood and Lakeside Beach.  960 1280

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Nashville

Nashville

You’ll find fun for the whole family at the annual Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing celebration in Nashville, which attracts the largest Fourth of July crowd in the South. The event features daylong activities, musical performances by A-list country artists and the region's largest fireworks show — a 27-minute spectacle choreographed to a live performance by the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony.  960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

Barges battle on the Mississippi River at Go 4th on the River. The fireworks display, set to music provided by the Navy Band, can be seen from many places in New Orleans if you want to avoid the downtown scramble. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

The annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration in New York City is the country's largest pyrotechnic show, with fireworks shot from multiple barges along the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition to fireworks, the event features performances by A-list artists such as Meghan Trainor, Kenny Chesney and 5 Seconds of Summer. 960 1280

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Pasadena, CA

Pasadena, CA

AmericaFest celebrates its 90th fireworks show at the Rose Bowl stadium this year. It's the largest fireworks show in Southern California. The family event begins at 2 p.m. and includes live entertainment, motorcycle stunts, exhibits, vendors and a Pyro Spectaculars by Souza fireworks show at 9 p.m.  960 1280

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia

For the best fireworks viewing in Philadelphia, lay out a blanket along Boathouse Row or in Schuylkill River Park. 960 1280

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Launching from Municipal Pier and barges in San Francisco Bay, fireworks can be seen all along the waterfront. But before the show begins, don't miss performances by local bands at San Francisco's Fourth of July celebration at Fisherman’s Wharf. 960 1280

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St. Louis

St. Louis

Celebrate July 4th at "America's biggest birthday party" under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The day kicks off with a 4-mile run, followed by a parade, concerts and, of course, fireworks. 960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Fireworks launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminate the sky behind the Capitol and Washington Monument during the annual Capitol Fourth celebration. If you’re looking to avoid crowds on the National Mall, book a boat cruise on the Potomac River for another great view of the fireworks.  960 1280

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

No matter where you are in Los Angeles, the fireworks displays are as big as the movie stars who roam the streets. From the famed Hollywood Bowl to the quaint waterfront in Long Beach, Los Angeles County is quickly becoming one of the best cities in the U.S. to celebrate America’s independence. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

It’s hard to imagine even more bright lights illuminating the skies of Nevada’s most electric city, Las Vegas. However, they don’t call it the entertainment capital of the world for nothing! To get the best views in town, head to one of Sin City’s many rooftop bars overlooking the Strip. 960 1280

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Denver

Denver

Believe it or not, the biggest Fourth of July celebration in the Mile High City actually takes place July 3rd at the annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park. Overlooking the Denver City and County Building, this elaborate light and fireworks show attracts people from all over Colorado. 960 1280

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Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, welcomes more than 2.6 million visitors per year. 960 1280

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Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

John Roebling designed the Brooklyn Bridge hoping it would be perceived as a great work of art. It now is.
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Washington Monument

Washington Monument

It doesn't matter where in the world people come from, one glimpse of this and they know they're in Washington, DC.
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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is the first non-building structure to receive the "Distinguished Building Award." 960 1280

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Space Needle

Space Needle

Seattle's 605-foot-tall Space Needle is designed to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour.
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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Built during the Great Depression, New York City's Empire State Building is a work of determination and pride. 960 1280

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Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

It took 5 years to complete the mammoth Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona border.
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