Time Out New York's Things To Do Editor Jennifer Picht has ways to keep you entertained on the cheap this Fourth of July weekend.
Free Yoga in Bryant Park
Whether you’re a die-hard yogi or a noob searching for vinyasa, folks of all fitness levels are welcome to find Zen under the trees in Bryant Park every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening this summer. The outdoor hub is launching its 13th season of yoga (presented by sportswear brand Athleta), during which instructors from Yoga Journal help you perfect poses while you focus on deep breathing. Classes are held at the Upper Terrace (Tue) and on the Lawn (Thu). Bryant Park, 40th St to 42nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (bryantpark.org). Thu 6–7pm; Free.
The party Everyday People started in 2012 as a brunch gathering for stylish New Yorkers to get down. Since then, the soiree has grown into a dance party behemoth and toured the nation, but it’s never lost track of its roots. As part of SummerStage, it takes over Herbert Von King Park with banging sets of Afrobeat, hip-hop, reggae and more. Bring your summer style A-game: Body paint, fanny packs and wild hair are always appreciated. Herbert Von King Park, Marcy Ave to Tompkins Ave between Greene and Lafayette Aves, Brooklyn (718-622-2082, cityparksfoundation.org). Sat 2 7–9pm.
Party Like It’s 1999: Independence Day Weekend Edition
Dig out your freshest neon duds, because this Saturday the ’90s blow up the Bell House with an Independence Day–themed rendition of Party Like It’s 1999. In honor of the original sci-fi blockbuster’s 20th anniversary, the free monthly throwback dance party heavily rotates tracks from Will Smith’s music career in addition to the normal playlist of late-20th-century hip-hop, R&B and pop hits. To really seem fly, base your wardrobe off the fashions of a certain Fresh Prince, and you know, get jiggy wit it. The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Sat 2 at 10pm; free.
Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
The Bryant Park Summer Film Festival celebrates 24 years of America, and maybe more importantly, depending on your penchant for cheesy ’80s cinema, 30 years of Top Gun. Pump your fist in the air as a young Tom Cruise plays Maverick, a cocky Navy fighter pilot with a need for speed, who sets out on the bold mission to bed his flight instructor (Kelly McGillis) and beat jerk pilot Iceman (Val Kilmer) in homoerotic beach volleyball. There’s some military stuff too, but you’re probably just in it for the killer ’80s soundtrack and, be honest, that sex scene. Bryant Park, 40th St to 42nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (bryantpark.org). Mon 4 at 5pm; free.
Get Summered at Riis Park Beach Bazaar
The folks behind Brooklyn Night Bazaar are back at the people’s beach, a.k.a. Jacob Riis Park, with their annual summer-long market and concert series. The historic boardwalk is filled with tasty outposts of food vendors like Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Ed & Bev’s diner and Ample Hills Creamery, while the beach is your place for sunbathing, ocean frolicking and live music. For the special Fourth of July Get Summered edition, ’70s-style rock & roll outfit the House on Cliff and genre-defying blues, electronic and trip-hop singer Raycee Jones perform live while Dirty Boogie, Edward Askew and Big Vic deejay. Jacob Riis Beach Bazaar, Rockaway Beach Blvd at Beach Chennel Dr (riiparkbeachbazaar.com). Mon 4 noon; free.