Fun on the Fourth of July: Events around New York City

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New York is one of the best places to celebrate Independence Day - and while fireworks take center stage, there are fun options all around the city to take part in. Here's a sampling of free events that day from New York City's Parks department. And you can click to get more events from them, for fun all Fourth of July weekend!

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, and the Lake, on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.

Category: History, Tours


Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden

at Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Take a tour with Conservatory Garden staff and learn about the history of the only formal garden in Central Park, including its restoration by Central Park Conservancy.

Category: Nature, History, Tours


Independence Day Concert

at Rockwood Drive Circle (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Bronx Arts Ensemble's purpose is to nourish the arts in the Bronx by serving its diverse communities and developing audiences through arts education and musical performances.

Category: Concerts, Fourth of July, Free Summer Concerts


Independence Day Celebration

at Historic Richmond Town (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course), Staten Island This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

It's an old-fashioned, patriotic celebration of the classic American holiday. Get your hand-churned ice cream and a pie-full of traditional fun!

Category: Education, Festivals, Games, History, Kids, Fourth of July, Food

Green Market at Grand Army Plaza

at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine and explore Brooklyn's favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Category: Markets

Free!flagship Brooklyn market. EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round.

GrowNYC Greenmarket

at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

This market serves the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and family-friendly activities every Saturday.

Category: Markets, Food, Waterfront


Central Park Tour: Northern Forts

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Join Central Park Conservancy guides to visit sites that played important strategic roles in the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

Category: Education, History, Tours, Seniors

Bryant Park Juggling

at 42nd Street Plaza (in Bryant Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

Category: Games


Urban Farm Exploration Days

at Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Come discover Randall's Island Urban Farm - all are welcome! You can discover a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, meet the chickens, and learn about the rice paddies.

Category: Education, Nature, Kids


Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Look! Up in the sky, it's a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Category: Birding, Nature


Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour

at Imagination Playground (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Gather around Peter and Willy, the statue of two beloved Keats characters, for storytelling adventures brought to life by Tammy Hall. Sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Category: Kids


Art in the Garden: Nature & Science in Dialogue

at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Emily Barnett's exhibit of recent collages and installations integrates themes of nature and science using a vocabulary of forms including quantum corrals, snake skeletons, and more.

Category: Education, Nature, Art

ESL Beginners Class

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park), Bronx This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Spanish-speaking adults will learn the basic structure of English from an ESL instructor.

Category: Education


Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen

at Hans Christian Andersen Statue (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Therese Plair will tell the Caribbean story "The Pumpkin Rider." Dovie Thomasen will tell the Lakota story "Iktomi Saves the People," and Laura Simms will tell the Romanian story "The Empress of Fairies".

Category: Kids


Free Yoga

at Target East Harlem Community Garden, Manhattan This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Join us for yoga in the garden. All levels of experience are welcome. Mats are provided for one-time use during class.

Category: Fitness, Outdoor Fitness


Free Yoga in the Park

at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Yoga classes are free and designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and, for yoga, bring a mat or a towel. Kripalu Yoga is a system of Hatha...

Category: Fitness, Waterfront, Outdoor Fitness


Yoga on the Beach

at Beach 108th Street (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk), Queens

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Join yoga instructor Helen Kilgallen from Elaine's Dance School in this beginner Hatha Yoga class.

Category: Fitness, Outdoor Fitness


Free Yoga

at Garden of Hope, Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Join us for yoga in the garden. All levels of experience are welcome. Mats are provided for one-time use during class.

Category: Fitness, Outdoor Fitness


Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx

8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics.

Category: Birding, Education, Nature