It’s a busy July 4th week in New York, which served as the country’s first capital and where, in 1789, George Washington was sworn in as president at the site of today’s Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street.
After that tour, it’s easy to get an early spot in line to see the Statue of Liberty, which reopens just in time for Independence Day, after being closed due to damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy.
At Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic teams up with the United States Coast Guard Band for a special Star-Spangled Celebration of popular American classics. In Queens, Bria Skonberg helps celebrate Louis Armstrong’s birthday, as well as our nation’s. Yes, cake will be served (as well as Louis’ famous red beans n’ rice)!
After seeing the sights, cap the day off with Macy’s Fourth of July concert and fireworks, taking place along the Hudson River at 9 pm.
The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden, this year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The 300-foot-tall sculpture was designed by the French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi‚ with engineering assistance provided by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, designer of another famous monument. This gift of the French people in 1886 commemorates the spirit of liberty that so defines both America and France.
"4Chambers" is an experiential performance installation. Referencing the human heart, our objective is to create an intimate spatial environment through which the audience threads. The idea is to allow the audience to monitor their hearts throughout. The barrier between the audience and the performers--usually taken for granted in proscenium pieces--is removed entirely.
Who’s the heppest? Will it be New York favorite, George Gee, who brings his Chick Webb–inspired 12-piece combo to defend the heritage of the Savoy Ballroom? Or will it be left coast darlings Dean Mora and his Modern Rhythmists, representing Los Angeles’s mid-’60s Palomar Ballroom with its Roaring ‘20s take on swing and its focus on period arrangements? Dance Instructor: Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach Collegiate Shag DJ: Adam Lee Dance ...
This yearly festival of African culture commemorates its 42nd anniversary with four days of music, dance, spoken word and much more at Commodore Barry Park, beginning July 4. For the kids, there's storytelling, clowns and more.
For the 11th year in a row, join veteran guide James S. Kaplan on a walking tour to learn little-known facts about important Revolutionary War heroes, some of which are buried in Lower Manhattan. Watching the early morning sun rise from Trinity Church, you’ll be fascinated to discover just how pivotal New York City was throughout the war for independence.
In partnership with the Bronx Music Heritage Center, BPMM presents versatile pianist-singer-bandleader Mark Anthony Reid, who flows seamlessly from American Standards and jazz to classical, gospel, and tropical rhythms.
On Independence Day and the following weekend, many of New York City's greatest cultural attractions are open to celebrate the founding of our nation. There's plenty of time to fill your holiday with arts and crafts and fun history before the fireworks go off over the Hudson River at 9 pm.