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Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks. Photo via Joseph Bylund

This year marks the 240th anniversary of our nation’s freedom, and most Fourth of July festivities will include grills, day drinks, fireworks — and maybe even getaways to the Hamptons for those who can swing it. However, in a city like New York, those events are far from the only things taking place to help celebrate the occasion. Here’s a list of 12 alternative activities (without exclusive red-white-and-blue dress codes) you can do this coming Fourth of July weekend. 

1. Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

10 Off the Beaten Path 4th of July Activites-Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center-Manhattan-NYCPhoto via Facebook/Midsummer Night Swing

For 28 years, Lincoln Center has been hosting its Midsummer Night Swing event, which celebrates the spirit and energy of the 1920s and 1930s. On Friday, June 30, listen to the musical stylings of Margi & the Dapper Dots and take Foxtrot and Waltz lessons with instructors Jerry Feldman and Celia Gianfrancesco. Then on Saturday, July 1, come out for “An Evening of Swinging’ Rhythm and Blues” with The Binky Griptite Orchestra, followed by an opportunity to try your hand — or feet — at a Jump Blues style of dance.

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