This week of NYC culture is all about Independence Day — from parades and celebrations to fireworks to a new exhibition dedicated to a Founding Father. We’ve picked our favorite openings and events to help you plan. Happy 4th of July, and happy culture-going, Culture Cravers.
Do you feel like dancing? On Saturday, July 2, celebrate 13 years of Freedom Party at SummerStage in Central Park. It’s free, from 6 to 10 PM.
Starting Sunday, July 3, see Rockaway!, a special outdoor exhibit by Katharina Grosse, curated by MoMA PS1. It’s a temporary public art installation that transforms Fort Tilden’s decaying aquatics building with bright spray paint.
Bruce Connor was one of the foremost American artists of the postwar era, touching on themes from rising consumerism to the dread of nuclear apocalypse. See more than 250 paintings, assemblages, videos, drawings, and more in Bruce Conner: It’s All True starting on Sunday, July 3 at MoMA.
Starting Monday, July 4, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present a revival of The Gold Bride, which is performed in Yiddish with English and Russian titles.
Celebrate our independence on Monday. Start the day with a visit to Summer of Hamilton, a new exhibition at the New York Historical Society that celebrates the remarkable achievements of the man who played a leading role in the Revolutionary War and the birth of America. On the first day, kids aged 17 and under get in for free — and there is a special lineup of activities from historical reenactments to stories to crafts. Also visit the exhibition, which includes replicas, busts, rings, documents, and more.
There are other family-friendly Independence Day celebrations, including ones at Prospect Park, South Street Seaport, and the Harlem Children’s Parade. You could also go a little bit more lowbrow with the 100thNathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition. The women’s contest starts at 11 AM on Coney Island. The men are up at 12:30.
You can also get patriotic at Feinstein’s/54 Below with a concert version of the musical 1776 at 7 PM on the fourth.
End the Fourth of July with Macy’s fireworks. The show is on the East River this year. There’s also a (not cheap) fireworks viewing party with music and food in Brooklyn Bridge Park.