South Street Seaport bounces back from Sandy with July 4 extravangza

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MANHATTAN (PIX11) – For the second summer in a row, the South Street Seaport wants visitors to See/Change.

“After Sandy, there was about 8 feet of water through this whole area and everything was wiped out. There was no activity,” general manager Phillip St. Pierre said. “So, See/Change was our attempt to bring some vitality and energy back to the seaport.”

St. Pierre said the focus is on music, food, outdoor cinema and retail pop-ups. To celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, a Pier/Party has been added to the line-up featuring “family-focused fun.”

The pier is one of the best spots in the city to watch the July 4 Macy’s fireworks show above the East River, and all of the entertainment is free.

Part of the weekend festivities includes a special performance from the USO Show Troupe, created in 1941 in Times Square.

The troupe has 46 members -- all of them professional singers and actors -- and its main purpose is to support U.S. troops and their families through entertainment.

“You can really see that it brightens their day,” performer Katherine Mears Beshear said. “Sometimes it’s the only piece of entertainment that they’ve had for a couple months.”

Watch the Troupe’s performance at South Street Seaport, below.

Learn more about the Pier/Party and how you can attend by clicking here.

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