Fireworks; Photo - NewsdayIt's July 4th, Independence Day. There are lots of activities in the city, but the highlight is Macy's Fireworks over the East River. This year's fireworks display is called "Lights of Freedom." According to information from Macy's, the display will have 50,000 shells, which means 1,600 shells per minute. And the Macy's Fireworks show uses 55 times more fireworks than the average US fireworks display.

WNBC's July 4th coverage is extensive, including thorough tips for watching the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

NY magazine's 10 ways to celebrate July 4th in the city. They left out "Find a friend who has a roof with a great view of the East River." More best bets from Newsday, whose suggestions span the non-city options, like Jones Beach and the Hamptons.

Declaration of IndependenceLearn more about the history of July 4th celebrations from a pretty great database by James Heintze, a librarian at American University in Washington, DC. You can also learn more from the Library of Congress. And of course, there is the Declaration of Indepence itself.

Gothamist is heading out of the city, but as you can take Gothamist out of the city but never the city out of Gothamist, we'll be blogging from the road. Destination? The Berkshires. And Ben Brantley reviews what we're going to check out tomorrow!