It’s a busy July 4th week in New York, which served as the country’s first capital. In 1789 George Washington was sworn in as president at the site where Federal Hall National Memorial stands today on Wall Street.

Many of New York City’s greatest cultural attractions are celebrating the founding of our nation. Visit the Statue of Liberty, attend a free concert or performance and don’t forget to head to Brooklyn and witness the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

After seeing the sights, cap the day off with Macy’s Fourth of July concert and fireworks!

 

 

    International African Arts Festival 2015

    Commodore Barry Park

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Jul 02, 2015 - Sun, Jul 05, 2015

    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.

    Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Coney Island USA

    Brooklyn

    Sat, Jul 04, 2015, 11:30 am

    Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by rapper Eric "Badlands" Booker and other local talent.

    Midsummer Night Swing: Dr. K’s Motown Revue

    Damrosch Park

    Manhattan

    Sat, Jul 04, 2015, 6:30 pm

    Without a doubt, The Motown Sound has left an indelible stamp on the hearts, minds, and souls of several generations of fans. What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than by dancing to one of America’s most loved musical gifts! With upbeat tunes by the greatest greats that forged the Motown sound and a smokin’ band, this night will deliver family-friendly fun for all.

    Independence Day at Prospect Park

    Prospect Park

    Brooklyn

    Sat, Jul 04, 2015, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Join the Prospect Park Alliance on Independence Day for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.Prospect Park Audubon Center, FreeEagle as Icon, 12–5 pm: From 12-5pm, oin the Prospect Park Alliance to learn how the bald eagle became America's symbol of independence with fun activities and crafts. Nature’s Helpers 2–3 pm: Did you know that trees help trees? After learning how mulch protects tree roots, spend time spreading wood chips around ...

    Historic Richmond: Independence Day Celebration

    Historic Richmond Town/Staten Island Historical Society

    Staten Island

    Sat, Jul 04, 2015, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Enjoy a pie-baking demonstration and help to chip ice and churn old time ice cream; don't forget to grab some samples! Children can make a pinwheel and march in the Pinwheel Parade, and meet patriotic villagers from the 1800s and earlier. Make sure to see the displays of the Staten Island Model Railroaders, and listen to our dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

    Summergarden: New Music for New York 2015

    Museum of Modern Art

    Manhattan

    Sun, Jul 05, 2015 - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    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.

    Statue of Liberty National Monument

    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.

    MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2015

    MoMA PS1

    Manhattan

    Sat, Jun 27, 2015 - Sat, Sep 05, 2015

    A New York summer staple now in its 18th year, MoMA PS1’s highly anticipated Warm Up outdoor music series continues its tradition of introducing audiences to the best in experimental live music, sound, and DJs—both local and international—across a range of genres.

    Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest

    Delacorte Theater

    Manhattan

    Wed, May 27, 2015 - Sun, Jul 05, 2015

    Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston (Newsroom, Law & Order, The Public’s King Lear) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family, The Comedy of Errors) return in The Tempest, Shakespeare’s classic about young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece ...

Independence Day at Prospect Park

Bordered by Prospect Park West, Flatbush Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Parkside Avenue and Prospect Park Southwest

Brooklyn N.Y. 11215

7189658999

Join the Prospect Park Alliance on Independence Day for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.Prospect Park Audubon Center, FreeEagle as Icon, 12–5 pm: From 12-5pm, oin the Prospect Park Alliance to learn how the bald eagle became America's symbol of independence with fun activities ...

Summergarden: New Music for New York 2015

11 West 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2127089400

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.

Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest

Central Park

new york N.Y. 10024

Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston (Newsroom, Law & Order, The Public’s King Lear) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family, The Comedy of Errors) return in The Tempest, Shakespeare’s classic about young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor ...

The 38th Annual Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks

334 Furman Street

Brooklyn N.Y. 11201

7182229939

See ya Hudson River: On Friday, July 4, Macy's Fireworks Spectacular will illuminate the skies over the East River for the first time in five years.