Fourth of July in Brooklyn New York: Day By Day Event Listing of Things to Do

25 Things to Do During July 4 Holiday in Brooklyn July 3-6 (2014)

If you're based in Brooklyn, or looking for things to do on the July 4th 2014 weekend whether it rains or not in New York City, then check out this calendar of special activities, family-friendly outings, concerts and even fishing clinics for kids, in Brooklyn! And, find out where to watch the July 4th fireworks in Brooklyn.


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    ••• Photo courtesy of Barry Schwartz and Macy's Inc.

    9 PM: Macy's knows how to do up their July 4th fireworks display in the Big Apple. That's why as many as two million people turn out to see them, up close and personal! And at last, the fireworks are returning to the East River!  In fact, on this side and that side, and all over the Brooklyn Bridge!

    No more inter-borough trekking or boat rides required to see this amazing extravaganza (though that could certainly be fun too). 

    Official viewing spots

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    ••• Courtesy of Major League Eating, Nathan's Famous

    Nathan's July 4th Hot Dog Contest is unbelievable if you like spectacles. Find out the back story, when to go, and what to expect, including pre-contest music and fun. Don't miss the festivities, which start at noon. Join the 40,000 other spectators to watch amazing eating feats!  Get the scoop on Brooklyn's famous hot dog eating contest in Coney Island.



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    ••• Thunderbolt at Coney Island's Luna Park, opened 2014. Courtesy of Luna Park

    Fireworks on the beach at sundown. What could be better? Also, the NY Aquarium at Coney Island is open 10 until 6 PM

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    Public Pool at Commodore Barry Park
    ••• Public Pool at Commodore Barry Park. Photo courtesy of NY Parks Dept.

    From 5 to 9 PM, a concert series  as part of the International African Arts Festival. See website for details. And, you can hop in this glorious admission-free public pool nearby before you go to hear the music!

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    ••• Statue of Liberty from Brooklyn Bridge Park at Sunset; Photo by Ellen Freudenheim

    Join Lou Cornacchia, founder of Cobble Hill's Body in Balance Studio, for Sunset Pilates on the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn in DUMBO for an Intermediate Pilates Mat Class. Get there early, this is a popular activity.

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    ••• International African Arts Festival

    10AM-9PM: Have a blast at this four-day community festival, which every year gets bigger and better. You can eat, watch dance and music performances, see new fashions, and explore the huge African marketplace. Best of all, you'll have the chance to connect with some great people! It's at Commodore Barry Park, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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    ••• Crowds at Brooklyn Cyclones Game. Photo by E. Freudenheim

    Play ball! Enjoy fireworks, music and more at the MCU Stadium while the Brooklyn Cyclones play a home game against the Aberdeen IronBirds. 

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    ••• Thunderbolt at Coney Island's Luna Park, opened 2014. Courtesy of Luna Park

    You can spend all day on July 4 in Coney Island! Check out this Coney Island July 4 itinerary.  

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    Ride A Carousel in Brooklyn

    ••• Prospect Park Carousel. Photo courtesy of Prospect Park Alliance

    Take the kids to the Carousel in Prospect Park from noon to 6 PM for a ride on the Park's beautiful 102 year-old carousel. Or, head to Jane's Carousel in DUMBO's Brooklyn Bridge Park. Or, if you are in Coney Island, there are not one but two merry go rounds! 

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    ••• Brooklyn's floating concert hall. Photo by E. Freudenheim

    Sat July 5, 2014: Evening Concert Overlooking Manhattan

    Hear the Masterwork series, a concert on Brooklyn's famous floating barge, Bargemusic! $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student). Get tix in advance.
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    ••• Governors Island.

    Get out on the water! You can go sailing in Brooklyn! Or, take a ferry to Governors Island. There is no fare  on the 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferry from Brooklyn on Saturdays and Sundays. These ferries are free to all.

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    ••• Old Stone House in Washington Park. Photo by Ellen Freudenheim

    If you happen to be a history buff, or a war strategist, or have a child who's interested in battles and heroic stories, then make a bee-line to the Old Stone House. There's no better way to make the July 4th celebration more relevant than by studying the maps and exhibits here. They detail the Battle of Brooklyn. It's a small museum, conveniently located between Gowanus and Park Slope neighborhoods, both of which offer plenty of interesting streets to explore.

    Note: If you're making a day of it, this museum is not far from the Brooklyn Museum, which is hosting the mega-event Target First Saturdays on the same day. The tiny Old Stone House and the much larger Brooklyn Museum are about a one mile walk from one another.

    Note that the Old Stone House is closed on Independence Day, July 4th. It is open 11-4 on Saturday and Sunday of July 4th weekend. 

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    JULY 4: Prospect Park's Audubon Center

    Prospect Park Free Kids; Pop Up Audubon Poster
    ••• Kids can enjoy free outdoor fun in Prospect Park. Courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance
    Prospect Park Audubon Center: 12 – 5 p.m. Free.

    Eagle as Icon: 12 – 5 p.m.
    Celebrate the birth of our country with the Prospect Park Alliance. Learn how the Bald Eagle became America's symbol of independence.

    Blooming Naturalists: 2 – 3 p.m.
    So you think you're a naturalist? Using fun games and activities, learn what makes birds so special.

    Nature on the Go!: 3 – 4 p.m. 
    Join the Alliance at the Audubon Center to learn about the nature that is all around us. A naturalist leads children and families to areas near the Audubon Center to discover the flora and fauna in the Park. Meet at the Audubon Center.

    Animal Encounter: 4 p.m.
    Curious as to how "Snappy" the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join the Alliance at the Audubon Center to learn more about the animals in our collection. Discover what it takes to care for these amazing creatures and assist in an actual feeding. There will also be opportunities to get up close and personal!

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    ••• Nighthawk Cinemas in Williamsburg. Nighthawk Cinemas

    Head to Williamsburg's cool little movie houses, Nighthaw and Videlology

    NighHawk Cinema:JAWS for a very special matinee on July 4 and brunch; TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, fighting international terrorist…as told by marionettes…  THE SEXUALIST, "tongue-in-cheek examination of sex films". At Nighthawk, where you can watch a film and also order food served to your seat. Cool and fun. Reserve in advance.

     Patriotic Movie Marathon and $1 Buds

    • PATRIOTIC MOVIE MARATHON + $1 BUDS ALL DAY (FREE) This July 4th, Videology is celebrating by showing the best patriotic movies  and $1 Budweisers! Now how's that for freedom? Videology at 308 Bedford Ave.

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    ••• Macy’s Fishing Clinics at Prospect Park. Photos taken July 17, 2011. Credit: Prospect Park Alliance
    1 pm & 3 pm: This popular program offers kids ages 15 & under the opportunity to fish. Participants will learn about aquatic ecology, fishing safety, and even get to collect their own bait. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call for more information. 
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    ••• Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo courtesy of Adam Husted

    From 5 until 11 p.m., the Brooklyn Museum opens, free of charge, for this monthly mega-event, Target First Saturdays, sponsored by the retailer Target. Expect to see a diverse crowd of five to ten thousand people throughout the evening. It's a happening scene, a wonderful New York City event

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    Get tix for this outdoor screening at The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus. It's on the roof and courtyard – 232 Third St. at 3rd Ave.

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    ••• Old Stone House in Washington Park. Photo by Ellen Freudenheim

    At 8:30 p.m. From the website: An exhilarating rock-n-roll look at one of our nation’s first populist idols: seventh president Andrew Jackson.  The musical recreates and reinvents the life of “Old Hickory” from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as Commander-in-Chief. Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers. Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman.