If you’re in New York City to celebrate July 4, you have no shortage of all-American ways to celebrate the 241st birthday of these United States. There’s bluegrass at a house where George Washington and Aaron Burr hung out; two home teams playing baseball (America’s pastime); and a contest to see who can eat the most hot dogs, an event as patriotic as the franks are spherocylindrical. For more on these and other star-spangled options, read on.
2017 Independence Celebration in Astoria Park
Get a jump on the holiday weekend with this concert by the Queens Symphony Orchestra; a spectacular fireworks display follows.
Reds, Whites, and Bluegrass at Morris-Jumel Mansion
The oldest house in Manhattan, which has seen the likes of George Washington and Aaron Burr pass through, hosts a bluegrass concert.
June 30–July 2
Mets vs. Phillies
It’s the Statue of Liberty vs. the Liberty Bell, as two historic American cities do baseball battle in Queens.
See it Big! Spielberg Summer
There’s nothing more American than a Spielberg summer movie, so check out the Museum of the Moving Image’s weekend screenings of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and 1941. The director’s films continue to unspool at the Queens institution through July 16.
Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
Explore the museum for free from 5 to 11pm, and enjoy live music, gallery tours and art workshops. This month’s happenings center around the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, and include hip-hop performances, poetry by Morgan Parker and a documentary about gentrification.
Brooklyn Cyclones vs. Connecticut Tigers
What’s more American than fireworks and baseball? Throw in the beach at Coney Island, and you’re set. The Cyclones also host the Tigers July 1 and 2.
Yankees vs. Blue Jays
The Bronx Bombers defend United States baseball supremacy against their neighbors to the north, Canada’s Toronto Blue Jays, in this three-game series that goes through July 5.
Fourth of July Block Party
Queens’ Fantasy Forest amusement park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park has you covered for a day of family fun complete with live music, dancing, magic shows, games and rides.
Get Summered Beach Party
The Brooklyn-based DJ collective Get Summered rocks the sand at the Riis Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways.
Hot Jazz/Cool Garden
Cool off at the kickoff of the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s summer concert series, featuring a performance by New Orleans’ own James Williams and the Swamp Donkeys.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
Watch competitive eaters wolf down as many hot dogs as they can in 10 minutes. It’s on ESPN, so it’s a sport.
Tiësto at Governors Island
Dutch DJ Tiësto celebrates America’s independence by spinning dance music on Governors Island.
Travis Fourth of July Parade
This quaint Staten Island hamlet hosts one of the oldest continually running Fourth of July parades in the United States—it’s taken place yearly since 1911.