July 4th Fireworks

The Fourth of July falls right in the middle of the week this year, leaving important decisions to be made for New Yorkers. Take the whole week off, the first half, the second half? Or stay in New York City? For those opting to chill in town, we’ve compiled some unique, alternative ways to spend the Fourth of July, and the whole week around it.

This year marks the 241th anniversary of Independence Day, and most Fourth of July festivities will include grills, day drinks, fireworks — maybe even getaways around New York City. 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 week. And if you want a guide to where to watch the fireworks, Macy’s has a handy map with official viewing points and where the barges will be!

1. The First-Ever Bronx Night Market

Photo by Marco Shalma courtesy The Bronx Night Market

In the mood for some delicious food, artisanal products, and live music? Head on up to the Bronx’s first-ever Night Market, at Fordham Plaza this Saturday from 4 to 9 PM. Following the lead of the Queens International Night Market, which opened in 2014, the Bronx Night Market will feature more than 40 food vendors, as well as a variety of art and merchandise vendors.

Founders Marco Shalma of bloxnyc and Amanda Celestino of Edible Bronx say the Bronx Night Market a “mission to make sure that the greater New York recognizes the culinary, crafty Bronx” that they know.  Shalma says that the food available will “represent the city’s diverse culinary offerings and stands to be the biggest of its kind in the boogie down.” The market’s website says the market will highlight  “the global community within our city.”