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Patriot Acts

The fireworks are a given. But there are other ways to celebrate your freedom (from work) like an indie-rock BBQ, a slate of "un-American" films, and a couple of laps in a floating pool.

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Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
Various locations
Drop your jaw for this crowd-pleasing, half-million-dollar pyrotechnic extravaganza.
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free

Rooftop Films: "Un-American Films"
Solar One; 23rd St. at the East River
Buck tradition with this slate of seven political shorts, preceded by a raucous live set from Vic Thrill and the Saturn Missile.
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $30, $25 online

Nathan's International Hot-Dog Eating Contest
Nathan's Famous at Coney Island, 1310 Surf Ave., at Stillwell Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn; 718-946-2202
Root for the home team at the annual gorge-fest, where American Joey Chestnut is the favorite against six-time defending champion Takeru Kobayashi.
Time: Noon
Cost: Free

Lights
Rose, 345 Grand St., nr. Marcy Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-0069
Chill out at this holiday BBQ and concert with Brooklyn psych-folk trio Lights and Greg Weeks, of Espers.
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $5

Stars and Stripes
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center; 212-875-5900
See red, white, and blue with the New York Philharmonic's Über-patriotic concert of classics by Sousa, Bernstein, and Gershwin.
Time: 3 p.m.
Cost: $24–$54

Black Panther Program
BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., at Flatbush Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Fight for freedom with a full-length documentary about the revolutionary party leader Bin Wahad, followed by two related shorts.
Time: 7:20 p.m.
Cost: $11

The Floating Pool
Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach, 334 Furman St., nr. Joralemon St., Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn; 718-802-0603
Barge your way onto this pool-on-a-boat for a one-hour swim.
Time: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Cost: $11

Presidential Walking Tour
Location TBA; 212-465-3331
Revisit your forefathers' favorite hangouts, then wind up on FDR Drive for fireworks as loud as Revolutionary War cannons.
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $14


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