4th of July
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
11:30am/women's & 12:00pm/men's | Nathan's Famous, Coney Island
Join us for our annual International Hot Dog Eating Contest! More than 40,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
"Ignite the Night" is the theme of the 2012 fireworks spectacular. The score will feature songs including Ray Charles' "America the Beautiful," Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A.", Madonna's "Holiday," Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time," and more. At approximately 9:20pm, the 26-minute display will be set off from six barges positioned between 18th and 43rd Streets on the Hudson River.
The Liberty Belle Spectacular
From 5:00pm to 2:00am| Empire Hotel Rooftop, 44 W 63rd at Broadway
The folks behind the Salon, the Champagne Riot, Wits End, and Dances of Vice affairs join forces to present a swinging Jazz Age party.
Celebrate in Prospect Park
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Come to the best spot in Brooklyn to celebrate Independence Day! Attractions throughout the day include a Carousel, historic house, and other special events.
The 2nd Annual Indie-Pendence Day Festival
The Pit, 123 East 24th Street
The 2nd Annual Indie-Pendence Day Festival, presented at The PIT and hosted by Student Driver, features 12 hours of back-to-back performances from over 30 teams, followed by an hour-long improv jam open to any performer--or audience member--who wishes to play.The festival also features a traditional Fourth of July Bring-Your-Own-Meat BBQ, NYC Fireworks, Telecast, Ping Pong, Foosball, and patriotic celebration.
Asian Film Festival
Now through July 15th | Lincoln Center
Now in its 11th year, the New York Asian Film Festival is North America's leading festival of popular Asian cinema, which the New York Times has called "...one of the city's most valuable events..." The Festival selects only the best, strangest, and most entertaining movies to screen for New York audiences, ranging from mainstream blockbusters and art-house eccentricities to genre and cult classics.
NYC Parks Summer Movie Series: Hoodwinked Too
Thursday, July 5 at 8:00pm | McCarren Park
Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and gather up your family for an outdoor showing of "Hoodwinked Too" at McCarren Park.
New York Film Makers: Short Film Program
Friday, July 6 at 8:00pm | Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn
Many of the most innovative films and filmmakers in the world are coming out to Brooklyn. Kicking off our series in Downtown BK, we present daring shorts by local filmmakers.
For more information on concerts in or outside the city, check out SummerStage, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, Madison Square Park Music, Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park Bandshell and much more.
Music and Performance
Washington Square Music Festival
Tuesday, July 10 at 8:00pm | St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 371 Sixth Avenue
The Washington Square Music Festival opens its 54th season of free concerts on Tuesday, July 10. The West Village Chorale conducted by Michael Chorale and the Festival Chamber Orchestra will salute its downtown neighborhood with a concert of music and poetry. All concerts are free and open to the public.
NYU Summer Jazz Events
Wednesday, July 4 and other dates | Washington Square Park
The Department of Jazz Studies at NYU's Steinhardt School invites you to attend its series of exciting summer performances. The 2012 Summer Jazz Workshops listed are free and open to the public.
MoMA PS1: Warm Up 2012
Begins Saturday, July 7 | Long Island City
Now celebrating its 15th year, the museum's highly anticipated outdoor series will continue its tradition of introducing audiences to the best in experimental live music, sound, performance, and DJs.
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Every Friday through Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm | 212 W 83rd Street
Many of CMOM's exhibits are geared to tots ages 6 and under, including a Dora the Explorer play area. But with five floors of exhibits, there's fun for big kids too. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits.
Register for Greenbelt Summer Day Camp
Camp beings Monday, July 9
Calling all Young Naturalists for 2012 Summer Fun and Learning! The Greenbelt Conservancy, in partnership with New York City Parks offers an exciting, educational, hands-on summer camp experience for children ages 5-13 who love nature.
Drop-in Family Program: Tell a Tale
Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 from 11:00am-3:30pm | Governor's Island
Illuminated letters go back to medieval and the renaissance period. They were designed to decorate text with an intricate design. Design an illuminated letter that will mark the beginning of your adventure here on Governor's Island.
Sports and Fitness
Summer on the Hudson: Shape Up with Yoga Fridays
Every Friday at 2:30pm | West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th St
Shape Up NYC (partnered with NYC Parks, Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) offers more than 175 free fitness classes every week at locations across the five boroughs to help New Yorkers shape up. Free yoga classes are taught by Jan O'Connell. Bring your own mat!
Bryant Park Moves with Limon Dance
Saturday, July 7 at 10:00am | Bryant Park Lawn
Experience the joy of movement and dance. Free classes are led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company, Limon Dance. Open to all levels and ages.
Biking with Urban Park Rangers
Sunday, July 8 at 11:00am | LaTourette Park & Golf Course, Staten Island
Our Urban Park Ranger cycling guides will introduce you to some of the most famous parks in the world. Enjoy breathtaking views, public artwork, landscape design and an abundance of wildlife. Biking programs are suitable for all ages and generally proceed at a leisurely pace. You must supply your own bicycle and helmets are required.
Exhibits, Classes, and Lectures
Pictures from the Moon
Opens Thursday, July 5 | New Museum, 235 Bowery
In conjuction with the Museum-wide summer exhibition "Ghosts in the Machine," the New Museum will present "Pictures from the Moon" in the Lobby Gallery, which will feature a focused selection of holograms from the 1960s to the present by several leading, contemporary artists.
Young Curators, New Ideas IV
Ongoing through August 24 from 10:00am to 7:00pm | Meulensteen, 511 West 22nd Street
Covering 7,000 square feet of space over two floors, the fourth edition of Young Curators, New Ideas is the most ambitious to date with 12 exhibitions showcasing works from 29 artists.
Ongoing through August 10 | Metro Pictures Gallery
During the sultry dog days of summer Metro Pictures presents "Dogma," a group exhibitions organized by Swiss Institute director Gianni Jetzer. Bringing together works by a diverse group of contemporary artists, "Dogma" looks at the inextricable relationship tens of thousands of years of domestication have forged between mankind and dogs.
Also check out: Hudson River Park, Riverside Park, Socrates Park, Bryant Park, Union Square Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Madison Square Park, and Met Opera for more information on outdoor events in the city.
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