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Fourth of July 2006

Don't have plans yet for the Fourth of July? Consider a day of competitive hot-dog eating or a trip back to 1806 before the fireworks.


Macy's Fourth of July
Macy's annual pyrotechnic extravaganza toasts its 30th anniversary with over 120,000 explosions and musical accompaniment from the New York Pops.
• July 4, 9 p.m.
• Free

Belle and Sebastian
Battery Park, Battery Pl. at Broadway; 212-344-3491
The veteran Scottish band (and critics' darling) gives an outdoor concert followed by a small show of fireworks.
• July 4, 3:30 p.m.
• $3 suggested donation

Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest
Nathan's Famous, 1310 Surf Ave., between 15th St. and Stillwell Ave., Coney Island; 718-946-2202
Four-time defending champ Takeru Kobayashi and recent American record-breaker Joey Chestnut (who downed 50 dogs in twelve minutes) face off.
• July 4, noon
• Free

Boswijck: Independent Music in the Town of the Woods
Office Ops Rooftop, 57 Thames St., between Morgan and Knickerbocker Aves., Bushwick, Brooklyn; 917-723-3660
This alternative celebration spotlights rising local indie-rock acts: Zach Condon's Balkan-folk-meets-pop Beirut, former Inouk front man Damon McMahon, singer-songwriter Rusty Santos, and atmospheric-pop fivesome the Occasion.
• July 4, 3 p.m.
• $15

Candlelight Walking Tour
Fraunces Tavern & Museum, 54 Pearl St., at Broad St.; 212-425-1776
Guide James S. Kaplan leads a candlelit, all-night walking tour of Revolutionary War–era sites in Lower Manhattan, including the grave of General Horatio Gates (who won the Battle of Saratoga) and Thomas Paine's last residence.
• July 4, 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.
• $20

Rooftop Films: Fun With Founding Fathers
Pier at Solar One, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd St. and the East River; 718-417-7362
The "Fun With the Founding Fathers" program screens short films like Cox and Combs, an animated musical about the the nation's first president, and Night Visions, a documentary about a young soldier's experiences in Iraq. Brooklyn rock act the Double performs live.
• July 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Danny Tenaglia
Spirit, 530 W. 27th St., between Tenth and Eleventh Aves.; 212-268-9477
Legendary D.J. and producer Danny Tenaglia fuels the Fourth with progressive house.
• July 3, 11 p.m.
• $30

Jo Thompson and the JC Heard Orchestra
Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. between 62nd and 65th Sts.; 212-875-5766
Old-school chanteuse Jo Thompson joins the JC Heard Orchestra for a night of fifties jazz and swing tunes at "Midsummer Night Swing."
• July 4, 6:30 p.m.
• $15 with dance workshop, otherwise free

Independence Day 1806
Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-On-Hudson; 914-271-8981
For the historically minded, this Bicentennial flashback delivers a parade, open-hearth cooking, and military reenactments.
• July 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• $10 adults; $9 students and seniors; $6 children under 5

Independence Day 1856
Washington Irving's Sunnyside, 89 W. Sunnyside Ln., Irvington; 914-631-8200
Visitors get an interactive Independence Day circa 1856: town ball (a precursor to baseball) and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.
• July 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• $10 adults; $9 students and seniors; $6 children under 5

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