13 fantastic things to do this weekend (July 4–6)

It's America's birthday, and we've rounded up and found some of the best things to do in New York this weekend

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks 2013

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks 2013 Photograph: Grace Chu

Friday July 4

International Hot Dog Eating Championship at Coney Island, Brooklyn
Watch Joey Chestnut in all his gluttonous glory. The reigning champ downed a record-breaking 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes last year and returns to defend his title. Gross, but also kind of amazing.

Macy’s Firework Spectacular in Brooklyn
The pyrotechnic spectacle is back on the East River where it belongs. If you don’t have a rooftop (or one to crash), you can catch the $6 million display from one of these prime spots.

4th Annual Indie-pendence Day Festival 2014 at the Peoples Improv Theatre
Amid beer, BBQ and live music, the city’s top independent improv teams will perform back-to-back shows. Swing by for one, or get a festival pass, and stay all day.

Second Annual Fourth of July Beach Party at Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn

From 9am until midnight, enjoy live music, food and fireworks along Brooklyn’s most famous shore. Best of all: The Cyclone, Grimaldi’s and booze are all just a few steps away.

Independence Day Festival in Queens Village
Starting at 10am, Sanford Avenue between Main and Union Streets will be flooding with musical performers and vendors hawking classic Independence Day fare.

Flaca Music's "50 States" Fourth of July Musical Celebration & BBQ at An Beal Bocht
Drinks, BBQ and a different musical artist representing each of the 50 states mark this spirited Independence Day fete.

Danny Tenaglia Extended Set at Output
Tenaglia is a protogé of disco godfather Larry Levan and was a major influencer in the early '90s NYC house and techno scene. He's spinning a massive eight-hour set, from 10pm to 6am, that'll include a ton of dance music gems from his 25-year career.

Saturday July 5

Brooklyn Cyclones Salute to Seinfeld Night @ MCU Park (Vandelay Industries Park)
There will be Festivus Poles in place of foul poles, a cereal contest and even a low-talking P.A. announcer celebrating 25 years of Seinfeld. What's up with that, indeed? 

Flea Market Betty at 87 & 90 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn
Can fleas have markets? Anyway, while you ponder that, go to the flea market named "Betty" and peruse the items.

Pier/Party Avengers Screening at South Street Seaport
After a weekend full of exciting events at the South Street Seaport, the festivities come to a close Saturday night. For those of you who can't wait for the next Comic-Con, prepare your best cosplay get-up and head to the costume party at 4pm. A screening of The Avengers follows at 8pm. This event is cohosted by Midtown Comics.

Sunday July 6

Top Gun screening at Habana Outpost
Who can forget Tom Cruise's immortal line, "I got the need, the need…for speed" in this 1985 summer blockbuster classic? Cruise's problems with speed aside, this free screening at Brooklyn's Habana Outpost looks to be the coolest way to spend a hot Sunday.

Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Public Viewing Zone at Governor's Beach Club
The above is the actual title of the event. Really. They're making watching soccer sound like something out of an Orwell novel. Oh, (big) brother! Anyway, sit out in the sun on a lawn and join a few dozen of your new closest friends in watching the World Cup. It only comes around once every four years, folks!

Malcolm X screening at BAM
As part of By Any Means Necessary: A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective, you can watch Denzel Washington at his finest as the civil rights icon. Currently running at BAM.