The 5 Best Things To Do In NYC Tonight, July 4

July 4, 2014 9:00 AM

New York (Photo Credit: Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Tonight in New York City: Watch 12 hours of improvised comedy, stake out your spot to watch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show, or watch a movie along the beach. By Carly Petrone.

Indie-pendence Day Festival



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The Peoples Improv Theater and Student Driver are bringing an entire day of improv to you during The Fourth Annual Indie-pendence Day Festival. Some of the best teams in the city will perform from 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. There will also be live music, BBQ, and drink specials so it’s basically the perfect place to celebrate the 4th of July. Tickets are $5 for individual show, day passes are $20.

July 4th Rockabilly Night Market

(credit: Anna Fischer)

(credit: Anna Fischer)

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The Dances of Vice are throwing one serious Rockabilly Night Market tonight. There will be everything from burlesque dancing to vintage shopping at this 1950’s shindig. Nosh on delicious food from Tipsy Scoop, Bill’s Balls, Lady Wray and check out the vintage car show. Enjoy live performances by Cash O’Reily – The Ownsome Outlaw, Sean Coleman & The Quasars, as well as tunes by DJ Sei. Don’t forget to make some memories at the pinup photobooth courtesy of Vintage Vanga Photography. The fun goes from 5 p.m. 11 p.m. PBR open bar from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show

New York (Photo Credit: Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

New York (Photo Credit: Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

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It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without the famous 4th of July Fireworks Show! Head over to the East River to enjoy this spectacular display of lights (check website for the perfect viewing spots). Of course, there will also be live entertainment by some of today’s hottest performancers including the Zac Brown Band, Enrique Inglesias, and Ariana Grande. Plus, in honor of the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner,” there will be a 25-minute musical score featuring patriotic favorites by The DIVA Jazz Orchestra as well as new recordings by The Charlie Daniels Band, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter, as well as the city’s own Essential Voices USA. Think you can handle it? Show begins at 8 p.m.




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Want to sit inside an air-conditioned theater and get away from all the 4th of July madness? Head over to the BAM Harvey Theater tonight and watch a special screening of Steven Spielberg’s epic shark film, Jaws. Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, and Murray Hamilton star in this thrilling tale about a dangerous shark that is on a killing rampage. It will still have you rattling in your seat after all these years. Screening starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $14 for general admission, $10 for students/seniors, $9 for members.

Free Movies on the Beach: National Treasure

Nicolas Cage

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It wouldn’t be a national holiday without Nicolas Cage, right? Okay, maybe not, but you can still celebrate with him as he races to find the legendary Templar Treasure in the 2004 film National Treasure. The film will be screened along the South Beach Boardwalk tonight in Staten Island as part of the Free Movies on the Beach series. Movie starts at 9 p.m. and admission is, you guessed it, free.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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