All About Freedom! 8 Absolutely Incredible Ways to Kick Off This First Weekend of July in NYC

After a super tiring week of procrastinating and browsing the Internet for cat vines at our desks, we feel we are incredibly deserving of the impending weekend. 

And it's not just any weekend, ya'll. It's a LONG WEEKEND. 

Praise be to Beyonce. 

We know that we should be spending Monday contemplating America and being thankful for our independence or whatever.

But in reality, we'll probably be nursing hangovers and grilling up delicious burgers to soak up all the alcohol that's still in our system. 

That's 'Murica for ya. 

Despite the masses of people flocking to The Hamptons and other outer regions this weekend, there's tons of stuff going on in New York City in celebration of Monday's holiday.

Here's our roundup of the best ways to take full advantage of this glorious three day weekend. 

Friday, July 1st

1. Canada D'eh 2016


Why not be completely backwards and kick off your Fourth of July Celebration by celebrating Canada?

Williamsburg's The Well will be hosting the annual event this Friday, where the menu includes smoked meat sandwiches, poutine, nanaimo bars, canadian beers and whisky, ice wine, and ice cider. 


Okay, we love America and all, but that sounds hella delicious.

They'll also be some dope entertainment to accompany all of these glorious calories: Canadian bands whitehorse, wintersleep, and kasador will play at 6:30 p.m. Event info here!

2. Drunk Shakespeare


This ain't your mama's Shakespeare. 

This hilarious, interactive Off-Broadway production throws out all the "boring" stuff you remember about Shakespeare from your high school English class and replaces it with alcohol. So, it's nearly impossible not to enjoy it.

It's a ridiculous, fun, and ridiculously fun night in which the audience gets to watch one plastered actor attempt to perform Shakespeare while their sober cast mates, who are forced to deal with them in their state of inebriation. 

Needless to say, it's a damn good time, even if you're not a fan of The Bard. The show is long-running, but you can catch both 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows this Friday at The Lounge theater in Midtown. 

Saturday, July 2nd 

3. Jaws @ Syndicated Theater


As Tracy Jordan once said, "Live every week like it's Shark Week." We couldn't be more on board with this sentiment.

Which is why we'll be celebrating 'Murica this weekend by catching Syndicated Theater's showing of Jaws on Saturday, July 2nd at 1 p.m. and 11 p.m. 


This Brooklyn venue not only screens fan-favorite films, but also serves up some incredible food and drink as well. Get your tickets here

4. Blue Note Jazz Festival


What's more patriotic than enjoying some incredible, classic jazz music this Fourth of July weekend?

The Blue Note Jazz Festival has been in existence in NYC since 1981 and has seen performances by jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and many more.

The event is being held July 1st and July 2nd at various venues around the city. Check out the full schedule here.


Sunday, July 3rd

5. spoiled NYC’s 4th of July Weekend Sunset Cruise  


How does a vodka open bar courtesy of 50 Bleu Vodka, free beer and wine, passed h’ordeuvres, three hours of dancing, and breathtaking views courtesy of World Yacht’s absolute beaut, Duchess, sound for a 4th of July Party?

Pretty damn good, right? Join us for our July 4th Weekend Sunset Booze Cruise and this dream can become a reality.


It’s all going down Sunday, July 3rd, 6:30 p.m., at Pier 81, located at West 41st Street & the West Side Highway– come hell, high water, rain, or shine– and the party won’t stop until at least 9:30 p.m. That’s three, count ‘em three, hours of madness.

Seriously, what could be a better place to see the fireworks than a gorgeous yacht on the Hudson River– while not paying an arm and a leg for all of the other waterfront events going down the day after? Get your Sunday Funday tickets right here!

Monday, July 4th

6. Macy's Fourth of July Spectacular 

Although most New Yorkers flock to the outskirts of NYC for the Fourth of July, there’s nothing quite like celebrating in the city, enjoying the gorgeous views of fireworks over the Manhattan skyline.

Macy’s 40th anniversary 4th of July Spectacular event will feature the absolute best firework display in NYC, as well a performance by Kenny Chesney.

You can catch it broadcast live on NBC, but come on, you really should be watching them from a rooftop in Manhattan.

7. Cornucopia Destiny Fourth of July Cruise

Step aboard the illustrious Cornucopia Destiny this 4th of July with Joonbug for an unforgettable evening of patriotic party rocking.

Set sail from Manhattan’s Pier 81 for a nonstop party featuring incomparable panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, the single most incredible skyline in the world (#FactsOnly), and NYC’s legendary Macy’s Firework Show.


This luxury liner’s four stories of uniquely all-American experiences will leave family and friends seeing stars and stripes this Fourth of July, either that will, or the 4-hour open bar will. But who can say? Get your tickets here!

8. Rooftop Party @ Rivington Hotel 


4th of July in NYC is all about the views.

On July 4th at the penthouse at the Rivington Hotel, guests can enjoy an open bar, gourmet buffet and the unobstructed 360-degree panoramic view of East River, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, as well as the Midtown and Brooklyn skylines.

They’re not messing around. Get your tickets here.

Check out 13 Best Absolutely Free Things Going Down in NYC This July.

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