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New Year’s Eve (January 2-15, 2013)

Ring in 2013 in the world’s most exciting New Year’s Eve destination. On December 31, all eyes will be on Times Square for the official countdown as the Waterford Crystal ball descends before a crowd of thousands. For prime viewing, consider checking into the New York Marriott Marquis located right in the middle of all the action. Visitors can also celebrate with a bang at one of the midnight firework shows around the city. Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York Harbor above the Statue of Liberty and Central Park will all be alight with fantastic fireworks to welcome the new year. Or enjoy champagne toasts at popular party spots such as BED New York , crobar , Lotus , Pacha and Webster Hall .

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend (January 12-15, 2013)

Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the city’s rich African-American culture by exploring Harlem, a New York neighborhood rich in history and heritage. Discover this popular visitor destination with Harlem Heritage Tours, which offers engaging excursions such as its Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour, the Harlem Gospel Walking Tour and more . Stop by the world-famous Apollo Theater where artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown and Michael Jackson have graced the stages through the years or check out live jazz at the Big Apple Jazz Boutique/EZ’s Woodshed Café. Indulge in savory selections from healthy Chinese at Ginger & Ginger Express (www.gingerexpress.com) to soul food specialties at Lenox Lounge , Spoonbread Too-Miss Mamie’s (www.spoonbreadinc.com) and Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant.

President’s Day Weekend (February 1-19, 2013)

Follow in the footsteps of America’s forefather George Washington by paying a visit to two of the then General’s former headquarters during the Revolutionary War: the Van Cortlandt House Museum in the Bronx and the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum, Manhattan’s oldest residence . Dine at the historic Fraunces Tavern Museum, where Washington gave his farewell address to his troops and check out Federal Hall, the site of Washington’s inauguration in 1789. History buffs can explore more with Patriot Tours, a Revolutionary-era walking tour of Lower Manhattan . Let’s not forget about Abraham Lincoln who also visited New York City. Big Onion Walking Tours uncovers New York City’s history in its “New York Discovered Tour,” which takes groups to Lower Manhattan to significant stops visited by distinguished figures such as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Edison and more . Celebrate the Year of the Pig in February when Chinatown hosts Lunar New Year festivities (www.explorechinatown.com). Highlights include the Fourth Annual Lunar New Year Flower Market, which kicks off the celebration on February 16 and 17 with arts, crafts, cultural performances and beautiful blooms which bring luck and prosperity. The Museum of the Chinese in the Americas will lead guided walking tours highlighting holiday traditions and customs, neighborhood history and more . Looking for authentic souvenirs? You’ll find it at Pearl River Mart, which offers everything from traditional tea sets to Mandarin dresses (www.pearlriver.com). You can stay close to the action by checking into one of the hotels nearby such as the Holiday Inn Downtown (www.holidayinn-nyc.com).

Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28, 2013)

Salute the fine men and women of the U.S. military by taking part in Fleet Week, which brings more than one dozen Navy and Coast Guard ships to New York Harbor and nearly 4,000 sailors and marines to the city each year. The event features athletic competitions and ship tours that offer the public a glimpse into military life. In addition to the Memorial Day Parades and ceremonies in all five boroughs, visitors can attend a special New York Philharmonic concert at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on Monday, May 28 .

July 4th Holiday (July 1-8)

Join New Yorkers as they celebrate Independence Day in spectacular fashion with the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the nation’s largest birthday bash which lights up the night sky with more than 120,000 bursts of color, light and breathtaking pyrotechnics from around the world (www.macys.com). For optimal viewing of the fireworks, consider a July 4th cruise with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises (www.circleline42.com) or Spirit Cruises (www.spiritcruises.com).

Rosh Hashanah (September 13-16, 2013)

Celebrate the Jewish New Year in New York City with a feast at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen and Restaurant (www.bensdeli.net) or Katz’s Delicatessen (www.katzdeli.com). Learn more about Jewish culture at The Jewish Museum , Museum of Jewish Heritage , Yeshiva University Museum and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum . Observe the High Holidays with special programming at The 92nd Street Y (www.92y.org).

Halloween (October 31, 2013)

Over-the-top haunted houses, scary movies, costume parties and parades provide plenty of chills and thrills for Halloween revelers in the Big Apple. Don your finest costume and join the hundreds of puppets, dancers, artists and thousands of New Yorkers for the Village Halloween Parade, the most over-the-top and largest celebration of its kind in the United States (www.halloween-nyc.com). There are also a number of not-to be-missed celebrations taking place in the days leading up to Halloween. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine throws the annual Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls with a scary film feature followed by a dazzling display of costumes and special effects (www.st.johndivine.org), while the Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts its annual Ghouls and Gourds program featuring pumpkin carving, musical performances and a costume parade (www.bbg.org).


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