7/4 thru september: for information on beaches, pools, bbq areas, and other outdoor activities, check out our ongoing events page here. >>

7/4-28 (thursdays thru sundays at 6:30pm): hudson warehouse theater company presents an outdoor production of alexandre dumas’s the man in the iron mask at the soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in riverside park (uws). pay-what-you-can admission. >>

7/4-7/7: the 48th annual international african arts festival fills commodore barry park (downtown brooklyn) with world music, dance, a marketplace, food vendors, and more. $10 suggested donation. >>

7/4-6: brooklyn cyclones baseball season continues at coney island’s mcu park. fourth of july holiday weekend games include post-game fireworks (thurs + fri) and greatful dead night (sat). $5-15. >>

7/4-6: the wild project presents pas de deux: a performance summer salon featuring collaborative performances by artists who work together as couples, siblings, and friends. wild project (east village), $20 (2 evenings for $30). >>

7/4 various times: fireworks! catch the largest displays of the season near the brooklyn bridge, in coney island, staten island, and jersey city (which will be visible from parts of manhattan). >>

7/4 various times: where to get your fourth party on:
• thurs 12-10pm: the lot radio block party. the lot radio (williamsburg/greenpoint), free admission. >>
• thurs 12-10pm: nowadays bbq with tunes spun by butter and cam, plus unofficial fireworks from the locals. food available for purchase. nowadays (ridgewood), free admission. >>
• thurs 1-5pm: july 4th pig roast at brooklyn cider house: live music, patio games, food available for purchase. brooklyn cider house (east williamsburg), free admission. >>
• thurs 2-10pm: elsewhere’s rooftop party with music spun by jd samson, photay, rimarkable, and kfeelz. food available for purchase. elsewhere (bushwick), $15-25. >>
• thurs 3-10pm: yes july 4th extravaganza: djs, costumes, ‘hot tub surprises,’ food available for purchase. house of yes (bushwick), $10 (a portion bar proceeds will be donated to the aclu). >>
• thurs 8:30pm: dress in white for rockaway beach surf club’s fourth annual festival of color. free. >>
• thurs 10pm: independance party with music by whitney fierce and jadalareign. house of yes (bushwick), free admission (a portion bar proceeds will be donated to the aclu). >>
• thurs 10pm: the lot radio’s after party at good room (greenpoint). $10-15. >>
• thurs 3-11pm: beats + bbq star spangled boogie: eight djs, free food with purchase of a beverage. lp ‘n harmony (williamsburg), free admission. >>

7/4 10am-5pm: celebrate jazz icon louis armstrong’s claimed birthday with a jazz concert at the louis armstrong house museum (north corona, queens). $12 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

7/4 11am: join 35,000 other fans in witnessing the annual nathan’s famous fourth of july international hot dog-eating contest. the corner of surf and stillwell avenues in coney island, free admission. >>

7/4 11am-5pm: visit the jewish museum and the exhibition leonard cohen: a crack in everything, a contemporary art exhibition devoted to the legacy of the influential singer/songwriter, for just $4 today. the jewish museum (upper east side), purchase discounted adult tickets for $4 in advance using promo code ‘$4for4th’ (reg. $18). >>

7/4 12-5pm: historic fraunces tavern museum (fidi) offers $1 admission all day, with a free guided tour at 1pm. >>

7/4 12pm-midnight: 40 indie improv teams take over the pit for the ninth annual indiependence improv festival. the pit (gramercy), $10/show, $20/pass. >>

7/4 1-2:30pm (+ 7/27, 10/5): visit manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse, the 40-foot-tall jeffrey’s hook lighthouse, aka ‘the little red lighthouse’, open to the public for a brief time today. fort washington park, underneath the george washington bridge. free. >>

7/4 7pm doors, 8pm show: stars and strips forever at nasty canasta’s ninth annual america f*ck yeah? burlesque show. bonus: dress as wonder woman for the annual group photo. littlefield (gowanus), $15-20. >>

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