If you’re staying in the city this Fourth of July weekend there’s plenty to do around town. Here’s a list to keep you and your family busy for celebrating the holiday.
International Arts African Festival
The International ArtsAfrican Festival is scheduled to take place from July 4 to July 7 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. The festival is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. rain or shine and features music and dance performances, spoken word events, fashion shows and an arts and crafts market. Tickets are $10 per day. Click here for more information on this year’s festival.
Public Pools and Beaches
The city’s beaches are open with many people staying cool along the miles of coastline in the Big Apple. Beaches are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. when lifeguards are on duty. The Park’s Department is advising people to stay away from the water on beaches when lifeguards are not on duty. The 54 public outdoor swimming pools around the city are also open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. To find the beach or pool near you go to www.nycgovparks.org
There are several fireworks shows scheduled around the city this week. The largest and most widely attended fireworks display is the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the East River. Fireworks will be set off at 9:20 p.m. for a 25-minute show. Some of the best place to see the presentation include Pearl Street and Saint James Place, Montgomery Street, Cheery Street, Battery Park and the Seaport District. Check out other fireworks displays around the city during the holiday weekend here.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
If your stomach can handle it, head over to Coney Island on July 4th for Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues on Coney Island. Over 30,000 spectators are expected to come out to the event. Last year’s men’s winner was Joey Chestnut who ate 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Miki Sodu, the women’s winner ate 37 hot dogs. Check out the Nathan’s website for more info.
Public Transportation and Closures
City government offices, libraries, courts, post offices and the DMV and schools will be closed for summer meal programs on Thursday, July 4. There will be no trash, recycling, or organics collection, nor street cleaning by the Department of Sanitation. Subways and buses will operate on a Saturday schedule. Most banks are also closed for the holiday.