The top July 4 events in New York

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

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4th of July Endless Summer BBQ at YOTEL 2014

What better way to spend your Independence Day than with unlimited barbecue and drinks on the chic terrace of one of the sexiest hotels in NYC. So if you're looking to get lucky on this patriotic holiday, look no further than this hot spot.

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Yotel New York 04 Jul 2014

The Liberty Belle Extravaganza

Critics' pick

The Salon, Wit's End and Champagne Riot team up for a vintage-style Independence Day blowout, this year held on two separate rooftops. The downtown affair, hosted by Albert Cadabra at the DL, features saucy acts from Hazel Honeysuckle, Gal Friday, Elle Dorado and others, while musical delights come courtesy of Gelber & Manning and the Star-Spangled Orchestra, Dandy Wellington & His Band, Jack Grace Band and The Grand St. Stompers.

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Empire Hotel Rooftop 04 Jul 2014

4th of July at Sky Room

Celebrate Independence Day with flair at Nyc's highest rooftop lounge. You'll have a dazzling view of the fireworks from the five terraces this place has to offer. Get tipsy at the open bar and eat all the picnic-themed snacks you'd like from pigs in a blanket to the classic buffalo chicken. And be ready for some of the best burlesque dancers around to strut their stuff just for you!

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Sky Room 04 Jul 2014

4th Annual Indie-pendence Day Festival 2014

The People’s Improv Theatre is hosting a festival featuring some of the city’s finest independent teams, with hours of shows from improv teams both new and established. There’s also live music and plenty of booze and BBQ thrown in.

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The PIT 04 Jul 2014

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

Critics' pick

For this mother of all pyrotechnic displays, Macy's will explode more than 40,000 fireworks choreographed to a 25-minute patriotic score. Stake out a nice spot near the Brooklyn Bridge, and bring your own picnic basket with beverages to toast our country's birthday. Best viewing location: Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street, Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place, Montgomery & South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Bridge Promenade

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Brooklyn Saturday July 4 2015 Free

New York Dirt

Critics' pick

Celebrate your independence from traditional July 4th parties with DJs Damian (Buddies, Piggy Bear) and Mirch. They'll spin punk, rock and metal on the Eagle's rooftop at this monthly shindig for boys into the devil's music. Cheap beer flows and attendees are encouraged (but not required) to dress creatively.

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The Eagle Friday June 5 2015 Free

Annual Nighttime Walking Tour of Revolutionary War New York

Critics' pick

There are few better places to truly gain an appreciation of our war for independence than lower Manhattan. In the wee hours, you'll retrace the steps of prominent Revolutionary War figures, greeting dawn's early light at Trinity Church. The tour starts at Fraunces Tavern Museum, most famous as the spot where George Washington gave his farewell address to his officers in the Continental Army.

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Fraunces Tavern Museum 04 Jul 2014


Summerjam VI

Blown-out, fuzz-fried local garage-rock malcontents PC Worship head Shea Stadium's annual Independence Day bash, also featuring the oddball roots-pop goodness of Colin L. Orchestra (led by former USA Is a Monster man Colin Langenus), among others.

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Shea Stadium 04 Jul 2014

Wasabassco’s America F*ck Yeah! 4

What do you get when put the sexy hosting power of the patriotic Wasabassco coed burlesque group with the deliciousness that is a well-cooked barbecue sandwich? A kickass Fourth of July bash, that's what! Get ready for American-themed strip teases, tassel twirling, hot dogs, cold beer, and even cowboy entertainer Chris McDaniel, cause nothin' says U.S.A. like a dude in some nice leather chaps. Hosted by Doc Wasabassco himself, who'll be dressed as Superman in honor of the holiday.

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The Bell House 04 Jul 2014

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Critics' pick

Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by rapper Eric "Badlands" Booker and other local talent.

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Nathan's Famous Saturday July 4 2015 Free

Second Annual Fourth of July Beach Party

Live music, booze, food, fireworks and a beach view—you can’t ask for much more than that on Independence Day. The party starts at 9am and goes on till midnight, assuming you haven’t already left for a quick drunken ride on the Cyclone (you will definitely be tempted).

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Coney Island Beach 04 Jul 2014 Free


Independence Day Festival in Queens Village

This takes place along Sanford Avenue between Main and Union Streets, starting at 10am. You’ll find food, musical entertainment and a Ferris wheel, just in case you feel like experiencing the world spinning round and round without the help of alcohol this year.

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Queens 04 Jul 2014 Free

New York Mets vs. Texas Rangers

Baseball is America’s game, and it doesn’t get much more American than drinking enormous sodas, eating foot-longs and shouting angry obscenities when the Mets sadly fail to win. (What? We can take a guess, can’t we?)

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Citi Field 04 Jul 2014

July 4th Foraging in Forest Park with “Wildman” Steve Brill

Perhaps all the street parties are getting to you, and you’d like to get back to nature? If that’s the case, “Wildman” Steve Brill will take you on an expertly guided tour through Forest Park in Queens, looking for blackberries, lily flowers, herbs and mushrooms.

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Forest Park 04 Jul 2014

The Bronx

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band at Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo gets absolutely packed every Fourth of July, but it might be worth taking a detour from the penguins and lions (the lions will be asleep anyway) to check out Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, the Latin Grammy Award winners described as “The Rolling Stones of kids’ music.” Get those little ones dancing!

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Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society Fri Jul 4 - Sun Jul 6

Staten Island

Travis Fourth of July Parade

Critics' pick

Take in a traditional Independence Day parade in the small Staten Island community of Travis, which hosts its 101st annual promenade. The enclave is also known for festooning its houses with elaborate, patriotic decorations for its Home Decorating Contest; arrive early so you can check out all of the red-white-and-blue, white and blue finery. Then grab a set at the viewing center (4108 Victory Blvd between Melvin and Wild Ave).

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Showplace Entertainment Center 04 Jul 2014 Free