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.
Many of New York City’s greatest cultural attractions are celebrating the founding of our nation. Be sure to check out our founding fathers’ signatures on the original Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, on display at the New York Public Library for three days only. Starting during the wee hours of July 4, go on a Revolutionary War New York Nighttime Walking Tour to discover just how pivotal New York City was throughout the War for Independence.
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.
At the Brooklyn Museum’s free First Saturday, the theme is Remixing the American Story.
Scroll down for more activities to enjoy during the long weekend. Other summer festival performances in parks also make a “staycation” in the city good, free fun.
"American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe" showcases the Whitney’s deep holdings of artwork from the first half of the 20th century by the 18 leading artists. Organized as one- and ...
Wed, Jul 03, 2013, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hop off the BCA’s Bronx Culture Trolley at BxMA and hear Bronx author Annie Rachelle Lanzilotto discuss her latest book "Schistsong."
Thu, Jul 04, 2013, 2:00 pm
Bria’s Hot Five with Bria Skonberg will play in Louis’s Garden this summer on July 4th – Louis Armstrong’s birthday.
Fri, Jul 05, 2013, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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.
Mon, Jul 01, 2013, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
For three days only this July, come see a copy of the Declaration of Independence, written in Thomas Jefferson's own hand, and one of the remaining original copies of the ...
Thu, Jul 04, 2013 - Sun, Jul 07, 2013
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 ...
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 - Sun, Jul 21, 2013
"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 ...
Sun, Jul 07, 2013, 8:00 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 ...
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 ...
Midsummer Night Swing: Big Band Swing Battle of the Bands: The George Gee Swing Orchestra vs. Mora’s Modern Rhythmists
Thu, Jul 04, 2013, 6:30 pm
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 ...
Sat, Jul 06, 2013, 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
This month's Target First Saturday remixes the history of America with live music, performance, art talks, dance, poetry and film.
Thu, Jul 04, 2013, 3:00 am - 7:00 am
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 ...
Wed, Jul 03, 2013, 7:30 pm
For the Star-Spangled Celebration, the Philharmonic and the United States Coast Guard Band team up for rip-roaring performances of popular American classics by Sousa, Copland, and Bernstein.
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 ...
Thu, Jul 04, 2013, 9:00 pm
Join in with the downtown volunteer community band as they celebrate the 4th of July with a live musical performance.
Sat, Jul 06, 2013, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Spend your Saturday sweaty and stoked, dancing in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 with an all-New York City lineup of DJs.