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Six awesome 4th of July events you can still get tickets to (or go to for free!)

Jillian Anthony

It's almost time to celebrate America the beautiful and bald eagles and hot dogs and beer and fireworks and the land of the free and the home of reality TV! If you don't have plans locked down yet, here's some great events to check out this weekend, or head on over to our full list of the top 4th of July events in NYC (or the best free events!).

RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of the 4th of July in NYC

1. Brooklyn Cyclones vs. Williamsport Crosscutters
July 4, 6pm, $10-$17, MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn
Babe Ruth was stuffing his gullet full of hot dogs before games when Joey Chestnut was but a twinkle in his granddad’s eye. So celebrate the century-old association between franks and baseball by sticking around Coney Island after the Nathan’s Famous contest and watching the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Philadelphia Phillies’ A-ball affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters, at MCU Park. (It’s hella cheaper than catching the Yanks—and a blast.) Be sure to stick around for the fireworks display after the ninth.

2. Fourth of July at Sky Room
July 4, 3pm, $100-$150, Sky Room, 330 W 40th St
Celebrate Independence Day with flair at NYC's highest rooftop lounge. From the five terraces you’ll have a dazzling view of the city, though unfortunately not the fireworks. No matter, you’ll see them with the rest of the country live from the multiple screens as you enjoy the atmosphere. Get tipsy at the open bar and eat all the picnic-themed snacks you desire, like pigs-in-a-blanket and classic buffalo chicken.

3. July 4th at Jacob Riis Park Beach Bazaar
July 4, noon, free, Riis Park Beach Bazaar, 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens
For a full day of sun, sand, and riding both literal and figurative waves of good tunes, head to Jacob Riis Park on the Rockaway Peninsula. The folks behind Brooklyn Night Bazaar (R.I.P.) have booked Kings County’s Uriel Winfree III and Jamie Register to perform live, while DJs Dirtyboogie, Big Victory and Edward Eskew provide danceworthy jams.

4. The Liberty Belle Extravaganza
July 4, 10pm, $30, $35 at the door, Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St
Wear your most patriotic vintage clothes to this annual Roaring '20s–inspired Independence Day bash at the Hudson Terrace. Multiple stages and an outdoor terrace will be filled with music by Gelber & Manning and the Star-Spangled Orchestra, jazz standards by Dandy Wellington & His band, the rockabilly trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. and several DJs. Instead of fireworks, be dazzled by the burlesque performances by Hazel Honeysuckle, Calamity Chang, Gal Friday and more. 

5. Third Annual Fourth of July Beach Party at Coney Island
Free, Coney Island
Live music, booze, food, fireworks and a beach view—you can’t ask for much more than that on Independence Day. Last year's party began at 9am and went until midnight, so assume you're in for a full day of partying, unless you need to leave for a quick drunken ride on the Cyclone (you will definitely be tempted).

6. Warm Up at PS1
July 4, 3pm–9pm, $18, $20 at the door, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens
Let your independent spirit dance free at MoMA PS1’s weekly outdoor summer concert series. Groove to the experimental beats with live performances and DJ sets by acts from both near and far. The afternoon kicks off with Chicago’s Virgo Four and ends in the evening with local act Bobbito Garcia, a.k.a Kool Bob Love. In between are two international DJs, but don’t fret—neither is from that former American-independence-hating England.


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