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Events July 3-10
Independence Day Festival south street seaport
Happy birthday America! Celebrate with a fire truck-led parade, tall ship tour or indoors at the NY Historical Society. We’ll also be making red & blue star-shaped gummy snacks and doing some all-American online sale shopping. Summer music and art series are starting up (full listing coming soon) and lots of awesome family-friendly museum exhibits and public art (most open throughout the weekend, just watch out for tourists).

All events are free unless noted otherwise.


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Friday

Performances, Reenactments, and Educational Talks at Federal Hall

9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Federal Hall ( 26 Wall Street)

On honor of a visit from a faithful reproduction of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship (the Hermione), hear fife & drum music, meet General Washington and enjoy interactive conversations about the American Revolution.

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Visit the Hermione

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton and Front Streets)

Tour a faithful reproduction of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship (the Hermione), interact with costumed Revolutionary era re-enactors, see historic shipbuilding crafts demonstrations and view an exhibit of Lafayette’s role in the American Revolution and the Hermione’s reconstruction.

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Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (212 West 83rd Street )

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.

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Midsummer Night Swing

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Damrosch Park (Lincoln Center)

Stop by Lincoln Center to enjoy live bands in a variety of styles including swing, salsa, disco, calypso and tango. No tickets are needed to hang out around the perimeter of the dance floor and boogie down with New Yorkers of all ages. Dance lessons start at 6:30 pm; the live music gets grooving at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday – Saturday through July 11th.

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Saturday

Hermione-Lafayette Parade of Ships

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Verrazano Bridge (Verrazano-Narrows Bridge)

The Hermione, a faithful reproduction of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship, will be joined by local ships and boats for a nautical parade under the Verrazano Bridge, past the Statue of Liberty, up to the Intrepid Museum and back down again.

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Madison Square Park Art Yard: Textile Workshop with Caroline Kaufman

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

Create a mixed media wall hanging, combining skills in painting and fiber arts, with artist Caroline Kaufman. Choose a color story and inspiration from nature (a flower, blue sky, insect), discuss color theory through different materials, paint sticks/poles, wrap yarn around wooden poles to create a 3-dimensional piece, use colored yarn and fabric to make tactile garlands, and learn about different textile techniques and their uses in fashion and art. Part of a new weekly summer series.

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Fourth of July Celebration

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

$18, $14/seniors & educators, free/ages 18 & under

Enjoy revolutionary activities including patriotic performances by the costumed Hudson River Ramblers, Independence Day Scavenger Hunts and learning about the history of ice cream (with samples).

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The July 4th Harlem Children's Parade

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Morningside Park (W 123rd Street & Morningside Avenue)

Decorate your bike, trike, scooter or stroller and join in a procession led by a NYFD Fire Truck. Warm-up with kids yoga from Land Yoga at 10 am, then line up to march or roll at 10:45 am. After the parade, cool off with spray from the fire truck and enjoy free snacks and lemonade.

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Independence Day Festival

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton and Front Streets)

Celebrate with a full day of live music on three stages, food, drinks, shopping, and a great view of the fireworks.

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July 4th Celebration

5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park ( Roosevelt Island)

Join a family-friendly viewing at SouthPoint Park and Four Freedoms Park overlooking the East River. Advance online registration required.

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Sunday

Family Performance Festival: I Love the Bugs in Central Park

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central Park, Peter J Sharp Children’s Glade (West 107th Street & Central Park West)

Groove on a grassy hill as Story Laurie weaves wondrous tales and sings witty songs about the bugs in Central Park and backyards. Part of a weekly summer series.

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Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Los Soneros de Oriente (Cuban Són)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer (110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Avenue)

This summer lakeside concerts series features international and local musicians playing in a variety of easy-to-dance-to styles including Latin and jazz. This Sunday enjoy Cuban son – a folk style that forms much of the basis for modern salsa. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to listen on a lawn.

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Tuesday

'The collectivity project' for Kids

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
High Line at West 30th Street (West 30th Street & Tenth Avenue)

Build, play, and dream about cities using LEGOs and imagination. Part of Olafur Eliason’s The collectivity project, an imaginary cityscape made of 2 million white LEGO bricks conceived and designed by the public.

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Wednesday

"Songs & Stories" at River Run Playground

10:30 am - 11:15 am
River Run Playground (Riverside Drive & 83rd Street)

Enjoy the park and the library at the same time. Listen to picture books and sing familiar songs then run right back to the slides and sandbox. Geared toward ages 5 and under. Bring something to sit on.

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Lincoln Square Concerts

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Richard Tucker Park (Broadway & 66th Street)

Hear local musicians perform a range of styles including jazz, opera and swing in a shady plaza, plus enjoy restorative stretching from West Side YMCA and free lemonade from P.J. Clarke’s.

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Wild Wednesdays

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

Explore the natural world with hands-on activities, art, and touchable specimens. The engaging Children’s Workyard Kit is also available for young builders to create vehicles, forts, creatures, and machines out of wood planks, nuts, and bolts. Takes place rain or shine underneath the 14th Street Passage (home of food vendors selling delicious tacos, artisanal ice pops, and other seasonal treats).

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Thursday

Summer in the Square: Story Pirates

9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Union Square (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)

Enjoy a day of kids programming every Thursday in Union Square. Meet some creatures from ArtFarm Animals at 9:30 am, play with Karma Kids StoryTime Yoga at 10 am, create plays with the hilarious interactive improv troupe Story Pirates at 11 am, read along with with Strand Bookstore Storytime at 2:30 pm, work out with 14th Street Y and Pop Fit Kids at 3 pm and do arts and crafts led by the experts from Creative Dream 1 – 4 pm. Plus books, crafts, games and activities in a shady tent all day long.

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Lawn Time for Little Ones

10:00 am - 11:00 am
High Line 23rd Street Lawn (West 23rd Street & Tenth Avenue)

Ages 5 and under can enjoy sing-alongs, storytelling, bubbles, and blocks plus storytellers or musicians from neighborhood cultural organizations. Takes place in the High Line 14th Street Passage in the case of rain.

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Mad. Sq. Kids Concerts: Danny Weinkauf & his Red Pants Band

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

Rock out with Grammy-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants Danny Weinkauf, te genius behind the hit I am a Paleontologist. Part of a weekly music series close to the original Shake Shack and a cool art exhibit.

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Summer On The Hudson Children's Performance Series: Arm of The Sea Theatre

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Arm of the Sea was founded in 1982 by Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden as an
See a show by an experimental hybrid performance group combining art, ecology, and social action on a scenic pier (which is unshaded, so bring sunscreen).

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'The collectivity project' for Kids

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
High Line at West 30th Street (West 30th Street & Tenth Avenue)

Build, play, and dream about cities using LEGOs and imagination. Part of Olafur Eliason’s The collectivity project, an imaginary cityscape made of 2 million white LEGO bricks conceived and designed by the public.

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What We’re Reading

Crankee Doodle

Get the true silly story behind patriotic favorite ‘Yankee Doodle.’ According to this zany, colorful picture book, the legendary ride to town (and the whole macaroni thing) was suggested by an overeager pony to his reluctant owner.

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Save up to 50% off clothing & shoes for babies, kids & teens at Diapers.com’s Independence Day sale. Features a great selection from favorite brands including JoJo Maman Bebe, City Threads and Egg by Susan Lazar.


Free Shakespeare In The Park Tickets

See Sam Waterston and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Shakespeare’s fantastical The Tempest running through July 5th at the lovely Delacorte Theater in Central Park. You could have a long picnic with your kids to wait in line for tix, but we prefer visiting publictheater.org each morning (before noon) to quickly enter the virtual ticket lottery. Chances are slim but we have won in the past and enjoyed great theater al fresco.



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