New York City's 4th of July 2011 promises to be a memorable event for families on vacation, students seeking exciting nightlife venues or couples planning a romantic dinner in one of the many fine restaurants in New York City. Holiday activities here are always exciting, but there is nothing quite like the 4th of July in New York City. For a truly memorable day, families on vacation who want to mix fun with education may want to consider a trip through the Lower Manhattan area, more commonly known to visitors as Downtown New York City. After seeing the tall buildings and experiencing the excitement of the city, a trip across the river on a ferry to the Wall Street area is an educational experience for everyone including children. There is usually a good place to gather and watch the holiday fireworks over the Statue of Liberty. The statue is located on an island just a short distance from this area, providing one of the most spectacular places to enjoy fireworks on the 2011 4th of July in New York City.
Whether in Times Square, SoHo, Lower Manhattan, the Meatpacking District, or the Upper East and Upper West Side, there are plenty of unique attractions and restaurants to enjoy during the daylight hours of the 4th of July. It is best to choose one or two areas to spend the day, as traffic is very congested during holidays. If choosing two destinations, try splitting the time into 'day hours' and 'night hours,' while allowing at least 2 hours for travel. Some families, couples or groups prefer to spend the day at a free cookout or music events in New York City, then spend the night in Lower or Midtown Manhattan where there are even more exciting nightlife venues and awe-inspiring firework displays.