We have been gone for the three years for the 4th. The fireworks used to be on the East side and for the last three years they have been on the West Side. We wanted to make sure we caught the fireworks this year in case they move the fireworks back to the East Side! We spent our morning at a local parade. The kids decorated their scooters and helmets. I decorated the stroller. We followed a fire truck around the block and voila, We were in a 4th of July parade. The best part is at the end when the firetruck turns on its fire house and the kids (and adults) play in the water.
That evening we arrived early to the 72nd street pier and hung out with friends for 5 hours waiting for the fireworks to begin. I should add that it was about 95 degrees with 90% humidity. We were grateful for the great company!