There are lots of FREE events in New York City this July Fourth 2014 weekend, so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap. Because NYCOTC believes you can be cheap and still have fun in the greatest city in the world. Let’s just hope the weather cooperates.
Friday, July 4th
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks: The annual extravaganza is back on the East River this year. See the full NYCOTC posting earlier this week for full information including the best viewing spots
Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest: Watch what are not called “gustatory athletes” scarf down dozens of weiners in minutes to the delight of throngs of screaming fans. Ladies first, at an official start time of 11:30am, and the men around an hour later. The dogs and buns are downed Nathan’s dogs (and buns) for 10 minutes straight, stopping for nothing—not ketchup, not mustard, not even a french fry. In the 2013 battle, Joey Chestnut defended his men’s title by devouring a world record 69 dogs. Don’t miss this year’s competition, which continues a tradition organizers claim was established in 1916 (historians, take note—records for the event extend no further back than the early 1970s).
Saturday, July 5th
Target First Saturday: Thanks to Target, admission to the Brooklyn Museum is free on the first Saturday evening of every month. Featured activities include musical performances from charismatic Ghanian-American hip-hop/soul artist Blitz the Ambassador and R&B duo Nina Sky; a screening of Spike Lee’s provocative 1989 film, Do the Right Thing; a crowd-sourced photo project; and hands-on art for the kids. Brooklyn Museum website.
The Avengers at South Street Seaport: Front/Row Cinema and South Street Seaport present a free outdoor movie series through the end of August. In the spirit of patriotism, watch Captain America and company save Manhattan from an alien race. At 8PM.
Sixth Avenue Festival: Street fair on Sixth Avenue between 14th Street and 23rd Street, 10AM to 5PM
Bryant Park Area Fair: Street fair on 41st Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, 10AM to 4PM
Sunday, July 6th
Central Park: Sandbox SPILL’ Playground Dance Show, featuring charismatic performers who blaze a colourful trail across swings, slides, see-saws and round-a-bouts. After the performance, take part in a public dance workshop. 11AM to Noon at the Heckcsher Playground, and again Monday, July 7th, also 11AM to Noon.
Have fun and be a NYC cheapskate with NYC on the Cheap.