NYC’s Top Four Fireworks-Free July 4th Events

Bored of ye old fireworks? I get it. Keeping up with the ooh-and-aah parade for 26 minutes is exhausting. So skip the routine, and do something that’ll make this 4th of July a standout. Take a look at NYC’s most unusual events.

Devour free BBQ & dance from 3pm-4am:At Williamsburg’s LP ‘n Harmony Beats & BBQ “Star Spangled Boogie Marathon,” you can dance to DJ-selected soulful music and eat free platefuls of BBQ.

Shop, eat, & dance at Rockabily Night Market:  Burlesque, vintage cars, pin-up photo booth, craft and food market, and DJ Sei’s rhythm and blues at Dekalb Market. 

Watch people eat nauseating amounts of hotdogs: Witness history get made at noon at Coney Island’s 98th annual Nathan’s Hotdog Contest, where 30 world-famous competitive eaters comp(eat) for the $20,000 prize while forever changing the way you see The Hotdog. 

Spend the afternoon with the Philharmonic: A lush, orchestral version of the Star Spangled Banner and patriotic standards at 3pm – with the U.S. Coast Guard in standing by – is just about the classiest way to spend the 4th.

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