Independence Day: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks (curated by Usher)


The Macy’s 4th of July 37th Annual Fireworks display will be directed and curated by Grammy-award winning artist, Usher. He will be joined by Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and others. The event will be broadcasted live on NBC, starts at 8pm – suggested arrival time 6pm. Free.

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Independence Day: Coney Island Festivities


Join thousands of Brooklynites in Coney Island as they watch Nathan’s classic hotdog eating contest (winners receive $20,000 grand prize), enjoy the beach, listen to music, watch circus routines, and participate in the many activities available for kids. All free except the circus sideshow ($10). Google address: 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, 11224.

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Independence Day: International African Arts Festival


This July 4th, explore African dance, art and culture at the 42nd Annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn. This year’s theme is NDUNGA (Justice from the Congo). The festival takes place at Commodore Barry Park, Navy Street (Park and Flushing Aves) from 9am – 10pm. Free.

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