It’s a busy July 4th weekend 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 open on the holiday Monday that celebrates Independence Day.
The National Jazz Museum flies the flag of the all-American art form—jazz—nearly daily over the course of the three-day weekend, and other summer festival concerts in parks make a "staycation" in the city good, free fun.
After seeing the sights and hearing live music all weekend long, cap Monday off with Macy’s 4th of July concert (with Beyonce!) and fireworks, taking place along the Hudson River at 9 pm.