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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

"American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe" showcases the Whitney’s deep holdings of artwork from the first half of the 20th ...

BCA Bronx Culture Trolley Night – Readings and Conversations: Annie Lanzillotto

Hop off the BCA’s Bronx Culture Trolley at BxMA and hear Bronx author Annie Rachelle Lanzilotto discuss her latest book ...

Bria’s Hot Five with Bria Skonberg

Bria’s Hot Five with Bria Skonberg will play in Louis’s Garden this summer on July 4th – Louis Armstrong’s birthday. ...

First Friday! Music + Bronx Seaside Trolley

In partnership with the Bronx Music Heritage Center, BPMM presents versatile pianist-singer-bandleader Mark Anthony Reid, who flows seamlessly from American ...

Foundations of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights

For three days only this July, come see a copy of the Declaration of Independence, written in Thomas Jefferson's own ...

International African Arts Festival: NDUNGA

This yearly festival of African culture commemorates its 42nd anniversary with four days of music, dance, spoken word and much ...

Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects: 4Chambers

"4Chambers" is an experiential performance installation. Referencing the human heart, our objective is to create an intimate spatial environment through ...

Juilliard Concert I: New Music for Mixed Ensembles

The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music ...

Midsummer Night Swing: Big Band Swing Battle of the Bands: The George Gee Swing Orchestra vs. Mora’s Modern Rhythmists

Who’s the heppest? Will it be New York favorite, George Gee, who brings his Chick Webb–inspired 12-piece combo to defend ...

Remixing the American Story

This month's Target First Saturday remixes the history of America with live music, performance, art talks, dance, poetry and film.

Revolutionary War New York Nighttime Walking Tour

For the 11th year in a row, join veteran guide James S. Kaplan on a walking tour to learn little-known ...

Summertime Classics: Star-Spangled Celebration

For the Star-Spangled Celebration, the Philharmonic and the United States Coast Guard Band team up for rip-roaring performances of popular ...

TriBattery Pops: Independence Day Concert

Join in with the downtown volunteer community band as they celebrate the 4th of July with a live musical performance.

Warm Up July 6

Spend your Saturday sweaty and stoked, dancing in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 with an all-New York City lineup of ...