July is synonymous with our nation’s independence, which NYC celebrates with the world-famous Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks blasting off from barges in the East River to the sounds of a patriotic score. Earlier in the day, the legendary Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place in Coney Island. Film series abound this month, including Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park, Hudson RiverFlicks, Movies With a View in Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Asian American International Film Festival. On the music front, there’s the Mostly Mozart Festival, Panorama and the 92Y’s Jazz in July Festival. Notable museum exhibitions debuting this month include Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism at the Museum of the City of New York. For details on these and other happenings, read on.