NYC’s Best Free & Cheap 4th of July Events: Open Bars, Free Food + 40 More

Happy 4th of July! Hopefully we’ll have nice weather tonight, but we have a mix of indoor and outdoor events below juuuuust in case. Check with outdoor venues before you visit.

See what’s happening tomorrow, July 5th, 2014. (More events added this afternoon!)

4th of July Events
Friday, July 4th: Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Return to East River for 2014
Through Sunday, July 5th: South Street Seaport's 2014 4th of July Pier Party
Friday, July 4th: Dances of Vice Rockabilly Night Market 2014 + Open Bar, Burlesque & Pinup Photobooth
Friday, July 4th: East River Fireworks Comeback Party with Cookout & Dance Party
Friday, July 4th: Way Station's 2014 4th of July Party + Free Bourbon-Soaked Dogs & World Cup
Friday, July 4th: Indie-pendence Day Comedy Festival 2014
Friday, July 4th: Free Manhattan Rooftop 4th of July Party with World Champ Competitive Eater Takeru Kobayashi
Friday, July 4th: BAR-B-Q 2014 at Freddy's
Friday, July 4th: Beats & BBQ 2014 at LP & Harmony + Free BBQ with Drink Purchase
Friday, July 4th: Indie 4th of July Celebration + BBQ & Music Video Filming
Friday, July 4th: Rooftop 4th of July Party at AVA Lounge
Friday, July 4th: Rockaway Beach 4th of July Party with Wild Yaks / Friend Roulette / Heliotropes
Friday, July 4th: Free Concert: Spirit Family Reunion / Odetta Hartman / Gunfight!
Friday, July 4th: WASABASSCO's AMERICA F*CK YEAH! Burlesque 2014
Friday, July 4th: July 4th! Party with Robert Lux
Friday, July 4th: The Kings of Karaoke: July 4th Edition
Through Monday, September 1st: NYC Beaches Are Open
Through Sunday, September 28th: Governors Island is Open for the 2014 Season (Closes a 6 pm—no fireworks viewing!)
Daily: Have a Park BBQ in All 5 Boroughs
Through Monday, September 1st: Free NYC Outdoor Pools Are Open in All 5 Boroughs

Today’s Non-4th of July Events
Through Sunday, July 6th: International African Arts Festival 2014
Friday, July 4th: Free Friday Admission to Noguchi Museum + Film About Minimalist Architect Tadao Ando
Friday, July 4th: Gina Sobel and the Mighty Fine / The Sally Rose Band / Erin and the Wildfire

Ongoing
Some of these events are included automatically in our calendar but aren’t open today. Double-check before you go.

Through Saturday, November 15th: 'From the Western Front and Beyond: The Writings of World War One'
Through Saturday, July 26th: 'Motown: The Truth Is A Hit'
Through Sunday, July 6th: Kara Walker at Domino Sugar Factory
Through Monday, September 7th: Luna Park at Coney Island is Open Every Day This Summer
Through Saturday, July 26th: 50% Off Harlem History Walking Tours
Through September: Free Art Supplies & Instruction
Through Friday, August 1st: Broadway Bites 2014
Through Sunday, July 6th: Free Shakespeare in the Park: 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Through Sunday, July 13th: World Cup 2014 Viewing Parties Under the DUMBO Archway
Through Thursday, July 3rd: 'Surface to Structure' Showcases Origami Works from 88 Artists
Through Sunday, July 6th: 'Bike Shop: The Musical'
Through Saturday, July 5th: '16 Words or Less'
Through Saturday, July 5th: Frigid Festival's miniFRIDGE 2014
Through Sunday, July 6th: $1 City Winery Wine, Free Cheese & Free Cooking Classes
Through Saturday, August 30th: All-You-Can-Play Pinball for $5
Through Thursday, July 10th: New York Asian Film Festival 2014
Fridays Through August 1st: Films on the Green 2014 French Film Series
Fridays Through August 22nd: Free Volleyball Clinics
Through Saturday, August 2nd: 'Saved by the Bell' Parody 'Bayside! The Musical!' (Get $12.50 Tickets Now)
Through Saturday, July 12th: Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing 2014
Weekdays Through August 29th: Free Fitness Classes at South Street Seaport

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