4th of July events: Where to celebrate Independence Day

Spending Independence Day in NYC? Dance, eat, drink and watch people scarf hot dogs at these 4th of July events.

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Dances of Vice: Rockabilly Night Market

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Tease up your beehive and straighten your Bolo tie for the second annual Dances of Vice: July 4th Rockabilly Night Market, where you can browse food trucks and vintage vendors such as Dusty Buttons and Retro Kitty Swim. Ogle old hot rods at the vintage-car show while listening to ’50s tunes by DJ SEI, Jittery Jack and others, and get a Bettie Page makeover at the pinup-photo booth before the twist contest. Arrive early for gratis PBRs between 7 and 8pm; VIPs can knock the cans back all night at a special rooftop cookout (8–11pm). $15, advance $10, VIP tickets $30.

  1. SRB Brooklyn 177 Second Ave, between 13th and 14th Sts
  2. Thu Jul 4
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Fourth of July Pig Roast

  • Free

What’s Independence Day without a BBQ? Iron Horse NYC teams up with the Wounded Warrior Project for the fourth annual Fourth of July Pig Roast, a fund-raising picnic to support and rehabilitate injured service members. Challenge your pals to Wiffle ball, Twister and other games while you enjoy free burgers, hot dogs, rotisserie hog and sides. A portion of proceeds from the cash bar will go to the nonprofit, but dig deep in the spirit of the holiday and make a donation to those who serve and protect. Free.

  1. The Iron Horse 32 Cliff St, between Fulton and John Sts, 10038
  2. Thu Jul 4, Noon–8pm
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Revolutionary New York Tour

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Colonial American hot spots are right under your nose, and Big Onion’s Revolutionary New York: Celebrating Independence Day Tour will teach you all about them. The two-hour walk is framed around George Washington’s reading of the Declaration of Independence at City Hall on July 9, 1776—you’ll trace his footsteps from the site of his inaugural address to Fraunces Tavern, where he departed the Continental Army in 1783. You’ll also head down to Bowling Green for Stamp Act Riot stories, and pay your respects at the graves of first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Revolutionary War general Richard Montgomery. Meet at Broadway and Murray St.  $20; seniors, students and active military personnel $15.

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  2. Thu Jul 4, 2pm; Tue Jul 9, 11am
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The Liberty Belle Extravaganza

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The Salon, Wit’s End and Champagne Riot put a Jazz Age spin on Independence Day with their annual retro party. This year, the vintage rooftop do will take place at two separate locations: the Empire Hotel near Lincoln Center, and Lower East Side spot the DL. The combined lineup boasts more than 75 performers, including burlesque and vaudeville acts Amber Ray and Medianoche, and jazz bands the Blue Vipers and the Hot Sardines. Hop between both parties with a single ticket, or purchase a combo pass, which includes same-night admission to Midsummer Night Swing (Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, W 62nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves; 212-721-6500, midsummernightswing.org; 6:30–10pm) with big bands the George Gee Swing Orchestra and Mora’s Modern Rhythmists. The DL, 95 Delancey St at Ludlow St • $40, advance $35, combo pass $40.

  1. Empire Hotel Rooftop 44 W 63rd St, between Broadway and Columbus Ave
  2. Thu Jul 4, 5pm
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Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Hurricane Sandy may have caused a few setbacks for Nathan’s Famous (the flagship Coney Island location had to close for seven months for repairs), but it’s back up and ready to celebrate the Fourth the way it has for decades—with Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. An estimated 40,000 fans will watch six-time winner Joey “Jaws” Chestnut defend his title along with reigning women’s champion Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas (they demolished 68 and 45 franks, respectively, last year). After the gut-busting showdown, Nathan’s will make its annual 100,000-dog donation to the Food Bank for New York City. Free.

  1. Nathan's Famous 1310 Surf Ave, at Stillwell Ave, 11224
  2. Thu Jul 4, 10:30am–1pm
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July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest at the Eventi Hotel

The competitive eating isn’t limited to Coney Island—you can cheer on Japanese scarfing sensation Takeru Kobayashi at the Eventi Hotel’s outdoor plaza. He’ll attempt to beat his personal best of 69 wieners in ten minutes while six competitors chew against him. Afterward, sample his newly launched Kobi Dogs for free; Hester Street Fair vendors such as Oaxaca Taqueria and Foodfreaks Banh Mi will also serve grub for those of us who stuff ourselves a little less publicly. Free.

  1. Eventi Plaza at The Eventi Hotel 851 Sixth Ave, at 30th St, 10001
  2. Thu Jul 10
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