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July Offers Fireworks, Festivals, Food and so Much More

July Offers Fireworks, Festivals, Food and so Much More

7/1 – 11: Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

7/ 1 – 9/ 8: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan.

7/2 – 13: Midsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, etc., followed by a live band in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. Closed Sunday and Monday.

7/ 3 – 31: American Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.

7/ 4: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks light up the sky above the East River at 9:25 p.m. for 25 minutes. Free.

7/ 4: Jersey City Fourth of July Celebration offers live music, stage entertainment, a carnival, food trucks, a beer garden, and fireworks after dark on the waterfront at Exchange Place.

7/ 4: Watch qualified champion eaters compete in Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, with music and entertainment. Women compete at 10:50 a.m. and men at 12 p.m. Free.

7/ 4 – 7: International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park. 

7/ 5 – 9/ 24: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

7/ 6: Arab Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street (from Broadway to Lafayette). Free.

7/ 6 – 12: Watch public performances or take classes at TapCity.

7/ 8 – 21: French Restaurant Week features special deals at dozens of restaurants in the week that includes France’s Bastille Day.

7/ 8 – 8/12 (Mondays): Hear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge on the steps at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

7/ 9 – 8/ 13, 2019 (7 p.m.): Vote for your favorite acts at New York’s Got Talent,which includes singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, acrobats, and comedians at The Green Room 42. 

7/ 10 – 8/ 10: Attend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center.

7/ 10 – 9/ 20: ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival begins with music at 6 p.m. followed by a movie at 8 p.m. or sundown in three different Harlem parks if weather allows. Free.

7/11 – 8/ 15, 2019 (Thursdays): Watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. They suggest arriving at 11 a.m. to get a seat and watch the pre-show. Free.

7/12 – 13: Afro-Latino Festival NYC has talks on Friday, films and wine on Saturday, and a music concert with arts & crafts vendors on Sunday.

7/ 12 – 15: Dance on Camera Festival screens documentaries, features, shorts, experimental works, and music videos that combine dance with cinematography in innovative ways, selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

7/ 12 – 18: Long Island International Film Expo screens more than 100 short and feature-length independent films from around the world at Bellmore Movies.

7/ 13: Go Africa Harlem Street Festival features African & Caribbean merchants, two stages of music & dance, and eight chefs grilling African & Caribbean specialties on 116th Street (from 7th to 8th Avenues).

7/13: City of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Piers 16 & 17 in Lower Manhattan. Free.

7/13: Electric race cars speed through the streets of Brooklyn during the New York City E-Prix, which has a grandstand plus an eVillage with displays and vendors.

7/14 (12 to 5 p.m.): Celebrate our French allies on Bastille Day by eating crêpes and éclairs, tasting wine and cheese, watching mimes and cancan dancers, and visiting the kids’ corner, on E 60th Street (from Lexington to 5th Avenue). Free.

7/ 16 – 8/11: Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.

7/16 to 8/11 – Coriolanus

7/ 19: Doors open at 7 p.m. to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

7/ 20: Play games and socialize during Come Out & Play at Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza in Dumbo. Free.

7/ 20 – 21: Ozy Fest is an outdoor extravaganza that’s a mash-up between a music festival and a lecture series” with bands like Passion Pit, speakers like Mark Cuban & Spike Lee, and a marketplace of food and crafts at Rumsey Playfield.

7/ 22 – 8/ 16: Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 370 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays included at some restaurants. 

7/ 24 – 8/ 11 Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if weather permits. Free.

7/ 25 – 8/ 3: The Asian American International Film Festival screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at Cinema Village East and Asia Society.

7/ 26 – 28: Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow features ”intertribal Native American dance competitions with drumming, chanting, and full narration” plus a food & crafts marketplace outdoors at Queens County Farm Museum. No pets.

7/ 26 – 28: New Jersey Festival of Ballooning has morning and evening balloon launches, balloon rides, concerts, family entertainment, food & craft vendors, fireworks (Friday 9:30 p.m.), and a balloon glow (Saturday 8:30 p.m.) at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ.

7/27 – 28: New York City Poetry Festival features 250 poets on five stages, plus food, a beer & wine garden, books, crafts, and a children’s festival on Governors Island. Free.

7/ 28, 2019 (2 to 5 p.m.): Watch colorful dancers perform the dances of Oaxaca, Mexico, hear lively music, and shop for crafts at Guelaguetza Festival in Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

7/ 28 – 8/ 24: Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, sports events, and a 5K run/walk. 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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