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Here are the top ten events happening in New York City from July 4th to the 10th, 2016. Choose from Broadway hits at Bryant Park, a French street fair, a kite festival at Socrates Sculpture Park and more.
The 4th of July in New York City brings to mind a plethora of grilled food, refreshing drinks and the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Macy’s tradition, which will feature an impressive display over the East River. There are a number of great viewing spots around the city, including locations around the FDR Drive, Center Boulevard and Vietnam Memorial Park which are official viewing spots listed on the Macy’s website. Some great unofficial viewing options are Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. See a full list of official and unofficial viewing spots and also spots that are wheelchair accessible. The fireworks start at 9:25 pm and will run for approximately 25 minutes. Be sure to secure your spot early!
The New York Department of Records and Information Services Visitors Center at 31 Chambers Street is hosting the temporary exhibit ‘Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community’s Life and Legacy.’ In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Syrian refugees fled their homeland to escape the oppressive Ottoman Empire. They settled in a neighborhood in lower Manhattan that came to be known as “Little Syria” in what is today Washington Street. The exhibit features informative and interactive displays that illustrate the important elements of Syrian culture, including religion, textiles, food, music and literature. ‘Little Syria’ is free from now until September 16 from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Visit the NYC Department of Records for more information.
Enjoy the last days of Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. On July 6th, join dance instructor Eva Carrozza as she teaches the Lindy Hop at 6:30, with performances by ’60s teen idol Bobby Rydell featuring City Rhythm Orchestra. After the dance lesson, enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and continue dancing the night away. Tickets for Midsummer Night Swing are available on their website.
Greenwich Village is home to some of New York City’s best vintage neon signs, which hung outside storefronts beginning in the 1920s and 1930s. Businesses slowly stopped using the signs in favor of cheaper advertising alternatives in the 1960s, but the signs still remain in front of some of the businesses today. Untapped Cities presents the New York Neons Tour, led by Thomas Rinaldi author of ‘New York Neon.’ The tour starts at dusk when the neon signs come to life. Learn about the history of the signs and the businesses they mark. Tickets for the tour are available below.
Summer Recital Series at the Metropolitan Opera continues today at Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island at 7 pm. Join members of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, soprano Michelle Bradley, tenor Katie Wang and baritone Yunpeng Wang, as they perform a number of arias and duets while accompanied by pianist Dan Saunders. The Summer Recital series is free and will be performed in other New York City boroughs through July 13th.
If going to a Broadway show isn’t quite in your budget, Broadway at Bryant Park is a fun and free option to seeing a show on the Great White Way. July is the kickoff of this yearly summer event, hosted by 106.7 LITE FM personality, Delilah and co-hosted by Cady Huffman from the show ‘Shear Madness.’ The cast of four Broadway shows will be performing their hits on the lawn in Bryant Park, including casts of ‘WICKED,’ ‘STOMP,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ and ‘Matilda.’ The show is from 12:30 to 1:30, but make sure to arrive early to get a prime viewing spot. Broadway at Bryant Park happens every Thursday until August 11th.
Films on the Green continues today at Riverside Park on Pier I. At 8:30 pm, there will be a free screening of the 2015 animated film ‘April and the Extraordinary World,’ also known as ‘Avril et le monde truqué.’ In 1941 Paris, April, voiced by French actress Marion Cotillard, is on a mission to find her scientist parents, who mysteriously disappeared while working on a powerful longevity serum. The film will be shown in French with English subtitles.
Untapped Cities is hosting the American Irish Society tour on July 9th. The museum is one of the many on Manhattan’s famous Museum Mile and the tour offers an in-depth look inside the Beaux-Arts townhouse, one of the last standing mansions on Fifth Avenue. Learn about the history of the Irish in America and what lead to the founding members to start the society in 1897. Visitors will also get to view the library, which houses one of the largest private collections of Irish and American history and literature. Tickets for the event can be purchased below.
The Festival of Kites and Kayaks at Socrates Sculpture Park is an event that the entire family can enjoy. Teaching artists from Socrates and The Noguchi Museum will conduct a workshop on kite making using recycled materials. While flying the kites, enjoy a view of the Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation, sponsored by the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club. This free event runs from 11 am to 3 pm.
Bastille Week starts on July 10th with the Bastille Day 2016 festival on 60th Street from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue. The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is hosting the event from noon to 5 pm. Participate in a number of activities, including sampling delicious French food and wine. Some highlights of this year’s fair include a champagne and chocolate tasting at the FIAF Le Skyroom, a prize drawing for trip to Paris (tickets on sale now!) and a live screening of the Euro 2016 game.