When: Saturday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, W. 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues
Is there anything more American than rock & roll? Not really, cool guy. And this weekend, Lincoln Center’s alfresco danceathon taps into the genre’s 50s and 60s roots when cover band Black Rock Coalition delivers hits by the likes of R&B legend Ruth Brown, blues shouter Big Joe Turner, doo-wop staple the Drifters and soul stompers Sam & Dave. Show off your fancy footwork, or if you’re worried you’re not ready to bring it, come early and take a free dance class to learn the dips and spins. And if you’re still feeling invigorated after it’s over, keep the party going at the Silent Disco ($5)—WFMU DJ Gaylord Fields spins 45s from the era that are streamed directly into your ears via wireless headphones.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
When: Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn
The 100th annual competition is about to get messy! See the women compete at 11 a.m. and the men at 12:30 p.m. See who’ll digest 60 plus hot dogs and walk away with $10,000.
When: Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 at 1 p.m.
Where: Seaport Studios at 19 Fulton St.
For the second year in a row, the South Street Seaport becomes the city’s portal into all things patriotic during its two-day Festival of Independence. Check out a selection of fashions and other wares curated by the all–American-made market Northern Grade while chowing down on a blend of culinary delights from Smorgasburg vendors. Vice’s Noisey handles the live tunes, featuring music from New York synth purveyors Porches, dream-pop band Wild Nothing, soul singer Lee Fields & the Expressions and one of the city’s favorite and hardest working DJs, Jonathan Toubin. And, oh yeah, you also get a perfect vantage point if you stay late to watch the display over the harbor during the Macy’s fireworks show on Monday, July 4. Just make sure you arrive by mid-afternoon — the official light show begins at 9:25 p.m. — as the pier will be packed.