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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; 888-NYCSWIM,

Fireworks Spectacular
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 Kobayashi—who holds the record of downing 53.5 hot dogs—emerge 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; 718-463-7700,