With COVID-19 still very much a part of our daily lives, the Fourth of July will certainly look different this year. Large parties, gatherings and events are still off limits and the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest just won't be the same without 20,000 people cheering on Joey Chestnut and the other competitors. Still, there are many ways to celebrate our nation's birthday in New York City.
Several Greenwich Village and NYC institutions are hosting virtual events throughout the weekend to keep you entertained. Plus, with Phase 2 of reopening underway, there are plenty of local businesses you can support while you celebrate. Here are just a few things to add to your calendar this July 4th weekend.
THURSDAY, JULY 2ND
Start your holiday weekend off by joining the Washington Square Park Conservancy and CorePower Yoga for a free online yoga class. Conducted every Thursday morning at 9 AM, these classes are open to all levels of yogis, whether you’ve been practicing for years or are stepping on the mat for the first time. Pre-registration is required so be sure to sign up today!
Lunchtime Lecture: The Fountain
Learn a little more about Washington Square Park’s iconic fountain with the Washington Square Park Conservancy. In this short virtual lecture, you’ll get to hear about the history of the fountain and learn plenty of fun facts to impress your friends the next time your passing through the park. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
FRIDAY, JULY 3RD
HAMILTON on Disney+
Broadway theatres may be dark until 2021 but you can still experience the magic of one of the most ground-breaking musicals of the last decade in the comfort of your own home. Disney brings the Pulitzer Prize-winning HAMILTON, a show that originated at Greenwich Village’s own Public Theater, to the small screen as it premieres on their streaming service Disney+ on July 3rd. Pop some popcorn and sing along with the “Ten Dollar Founding Father,” no ticket required.
SATURDAY, JULY 4TH
Over the last few months, Joe’s Pub has offered free live-streamed and archived performances in an effort to keep the spirit of the venue alive while their space is temporarily closed. July 4th weekend will be no different - join performer Justin Elizabeth Sayre for a “Love-In to Get You Through!” as he contemplates what it means to be an American in this moment. Access to the online stream is free; check The Public’s website for more details.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
8 PM on NBC
Massive fireworks displays are a tradition every 4th of July, but in order to prevent crowds this year, Macy’s and New York City had to get a little creative. Instead of holding one display on the Fourth, there will be several short displays throughout the city during the week leading up to the holiday. Footage of these displays will be pieced together for a televised special on NBC on Saturday night featuring an epic musical score and a salute to frontline workers. This is probably the best and safest way to enjoy the fireworks this year so be sure to tune in!
THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND
Enjoy Outdoor Dining in Greenwich Village
Over 26 Greenwich Village eateries are now open for outdoor dining, setting up tables on sidewalks and in the streets for your socially-distanced dining pleasure. Check out the list of open restaurants on our blog and be sure to call ahead or make a reservation before heading out as seating is limited. And of course, remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, keep your distance and stay home if you feel sick!