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4th July in New York City

Date: 4th July 2013

There is nothing like taking part in a national holiday, especially one that as a tourist is a little unfamiliar to you. This is where we found ourselves on July 4th, 2003 in New York City. Independence day is fireworks, parades, picnics and blockbuster films.

Ok so the blockbuster film we saw wasn’t great, but it had to be done, it’s a tradition! We watched ” Terminator 3- Rise of the Machines” it was lovely to shelter from the blazing sunshine in a cool multiplex for a couple of hours. From here, loaded down with a huge picnic we found our own shady slice of paradise in Central Park, sunbathing, jogging, rollerblading or snoozing the perfect playground to relax or let off steam.

4th of July, 2003 - NYC

NYC 4th of July, 2013

In the evening as darkness started to fall we moved downtown where overlooking the East river we were treated to the most spectacular firework display, nothing says “celebration” like fireworks. The heat of the day showed no signs of abating and when the fireworks finished, we walked with a massive throng of people up towards 5th Ave. passing the Chrysler building and Grand Central Terminal both majestically lit up. As we reached the Empire State building dominating the skyline all decked out in Red, White and Blue we knew that on this day – we were in the best place on earth.

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