July 4, 2016 marks the 240th year that America declared independence from the British Empire (and of course, 2016 marks “Brexit,” the year the United Kingdom voted to break free from the European Union). Every year in New York City, celebrations are marked with the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show, backyard cookouts and beach trips. But if these yearly rituals don’t appeal to you, Untapped Cities has curated a list of ten off-the-beaten path ways to spend your July 4th holiday weekend in New York City.
1. Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center
For 27 years, Lincoln Center has been hosting its Midsummer Night Swing event, which celebrates the spirit and energy of the 1920s and 1930s. On July 2nd, learn the West Coast Swing, taught by dance instructor John Festa, with musical accompaniment by the musical collective ‘The Black Rock Coalition.” After the lesson, dance the night away at the Silent Disco from 10 pm to 11:30 pm. Click on the links to learn how to purchase tickets and season passes. See the full schedule for the Midsummer Night Swing series here.