Five indoor Fourth of July events in case it rains on Friday
The weather forecast currently says there’s a 60 percent chance of rain on Independence Day. Here’s how to stay dry.
Wed Jul 2 2014
Bad news: We’re expecting a torrential downpour with thunderstorms all Thursday, and chances are it’s going to continue over into at least the first half of Friday. The July 4th Macy’s fireworks have never been canceled for rain in the 37 years since the show began, and fingers are crossed that this year won’t break the streak. But just in case, here are the most patriotic indoor happenings on our adolescent nation’s 238th birthday:
July 4th Rockabilly Night Market
Don a colorful swing dress or suspenders for this indoor celebration of patriotic Americana, including vintage cars, handmade items, food vendors serving up hot dogs and burgers, burlesque dancers, a pin-up photo booth and live performances by rockabilly bands. Expect plenty of millennials with tattoo sleeves. Also: awesomeness.
Wasabassco’s Fourth of July Double Header
You have two chances to see this coed burlesque troupe perform indoors on Independence Day. At the Bell House, admission is free if you’re dressed as Wonder Woman. You’re guaranteed to see Doc Wasabassco dressed as Superman, Living Statue Galatea and cowboy Chris McDaniel in leather chaps. In other words, you might want to consider going to this even if it isn’t raining.
New York Philharmonic Star-Spangled Celebration
This powerhouse classical celebration of patriotic tunes will surely drown out the steady drum of rain outside. Prepare to get unwittingly inspired by staples like Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and the Gershwin brothers’ “Strike Up the Band.”
Indie-pendence Day Festival 2014
This is the fourth annual Indie-pendence Day Festival, featuring 24 independent improv teams from across New York. Live music, barbeque, and drink specials will accompany 12 hours of improv with a different team performing each hour on two stages. It has to be more fun than trying to wave a sparkler in the rain, right?
Liberty Belle Extravaganza
For those who don’t want to go completely indoors, this rooftop event is partially covered and promises to go ahead, rain or shine. Because screw you, weather! The patriotic party includes live music, burlesque and vaudeville acts. The dress code is vintage-inspired cocktail looks from the 1920s through the 1950s, so bring out your finest. Purchase your tickets online before it sells out; all advance sales end on July 4th at 8am.
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