|Independence Day Fireworks
Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
Wake up early and head to the water to watch competitors from
around the world tackle the 28.5-mile course. The participants
are professionals, so leave the swimming to them; but feel
free to cheer at one of the four checkpoints around the island.
6am; meet at South Cove, South End Ave. at the Hudson River;
The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lights up the
sky over the East River, with more than 80,000 dazzling explosions:
Flickering Butterflies, Glittering Gems, Giant Silver Swallows,
and Bursting Comets.
Fireworks program begins at 9pm
Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest
Will reigning champ Takeru Kobayashiwho holds the record
of downing 53.5 hot dogsemerge victorious again? To
find out, set-up shop at Nathan's and witness the world-famous
12 minute scarf fest.
noon; 1310 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn; 800-NATHANS,
Lincoln Center Festival
Every July Lincoln Center puts on a series of indoor shows,
contemporary and traditional dance performances, theater productions,
live concerts, and the like. Past events have included the
Mostly Mozart Festival and Midsummer Night Swing while participants
have included actor Nathan Lane, musician Elvis Costello and
performance artist Karen Finley. Be prepared: tickets can
be pricy (from about $25-$75 each) and sell out fast!
Lincoln Center, Broadway at 66th St.; 212-875-5456,
Town Hall Member Art Show
Get involved in the bustling Queens art scene at this popular
annual event. The show features art in a variety of media
by working artists in the Flushing community.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY;